Paul wrote in his letter to his Greek friends in Corinth how a new believer leads a new kind of life. What does it all mean? Have you ever thought about that?
Well, apparently Nicodemus did! He dropped in unofficially one day and decided to meet up with Jesus under the cover of night. As a religious leader, Nicodemus knew he was taking a risk of being seen with Him as Jesus was considered an outlaw in the eyes of the religious elite. Nevertheless, his questions seemed far too important to ignore, so Nicodemus sat down and had a personal conversation with Jesus, whom he respectfully addressed as “Rabbi” (in English: “Teacher”).
After a brief introduction, Jesus replied to an unspoken question of his when He broached a sensitive subject (John 3:3):
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Jesus must have hit a nerve there, because Nicodemus immediately questioned Him (John 3:4):
“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
So Jesus went on to explain that newborn life is just as fresh as a new mindset. While physical birth generates a brand-new being, spiritual birth generates a brand-new believer, and for that we have to thank the Holy Spirit!
About the Holy Spirit we read in the first chapters of the book of Genesis: At the dawn of creation, God’s Spirit was brooding over a formless mass to overcome chaos and create new life. Imagine – just image for a minute now how this powerful Holy Spirit who created an entire universe is now hovering over your very own heart! Think of the potential of what could be if you allow Him access. He would open your eyes and you could see a whole new world around you.
The Holy Spirit is God’s agent moving around in the world whispering God’s truths into people’s ears. Listening to Him, we will wake up and notice that God is real. Imagine a world with people listening to what God has to say! That’s God’s Kingdom on Earth right there! And His kingdom is currently advancing with every person who listens to the Holy Spirit and believes.
Discover what God has to say to you and life as you know it will never be the same. The old life is gone and the new life has just begun!