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					Scripture Text: John 3:1-16

Sermon Title: Being Born Again

Manuscript written by Roger Roberts

Sermon preached at International Baptist Church, Brussels, Belgium

On Sunday morning, 22 February, 2004

For additional information regarding this manuscript, contact Roger
Roberts at Roger.Roberts@ibcbrussels.org




                           Being Born Again


Introduction:

Open your Bibles with me to John 3:1-16.

Here at IBC, Brussels we have been studying the Gospel of John together, a
study that began this past Advent Season. (Our journey through John will be
interrupted beginning next Sunday when we return to Paul’s first letter to the
Corinthians, which will be the location of the sermon texts during the Lenten
Season through Easter Sunday.)

We have noted that in the first chapters of John Jesus has been calling his first
disciples to follow him. He also has been introducing himself through miracles
and actions that show he is the Son of God and Savior of all who believe. In
these first chapters the theme is the new life Jesus came to bring us. We noted
in his first miracle, that of turning water into wine, that Jesus is the one who
transforms life from the inside out, doing miracles that glorify him and strengthen
our faith in him. Also, when Jesus went into the temple and drove out the
merchants, he was showing he came to replace dead religion with a new, life-
changing relationship with him.

Last week we noted at the close of chapter two that Jesus did not believe in
some people’s belief, which he knew to be superficial and based only on the



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miracles he did. Chapter two closes with John’s writing that Jesus knew what
was in people’s minds and hearts.

Today we look at one of these people whose hearts Jesus’ knew: Nicodemus.

Follow as I read:

John 3:1-16

For many years we evangelical believers have been familiar with the term “born
again,” and we always thought we knew what it meant. We had understood it to
refer to the experience of faith in and conversion to Jesus Christ. But then all of
a sudden we began to hear this term that referred to a spiritual conversion being
used in reference to all sorts of phenomena. We began to read about a movie
star, whose career was about to wane, suddenly being “born again” to new
popularity and success. A business is advertised as “born again” under the new
management of a CEO who promises to lead them back to prominence and
success. An athlete or a rugby team was “born again” if they suddenly rose from
a losing season to a successful one. I went on a computer web search for the
term “born again” and found a plethora of uses and misuses or this term that
originated with Jesus here in John’s gospel. Computer software programs are
named “born again,” as are hard rock albums, a surf board company, and a
motorcycle club, to name only a few.

Not only are we dismayed by how the term “born again” is misused to refer to a
sort of resurgence, as with a sports team. But the witness of the Good News of
Jesus Christ is harmed when those who publicly declare themselves to be “born
again Christians give no evidence of true conversion. So, beyond the misuse of
the term is this gross misrepresentation. In America, for example, Hustler
Magazine publisher Larry Flynt claimed to be a born again Christian and
continued to publish his soft-porn magazine and fight in the courts for his rights to
publish soft and hard-core pornography, exploiting sexual addiction and
perversion. This is hardly evidence of what Jesus explained to Nicodemus in our
text as to what is meant by being born again.

I read an internet-published interview with the infamous rapper Eminem (Marshall
Mathers) who claims now to be born again. I have never listened to his rapping,
either before or after his putative “conversion,” but I could safely assume that his
language is as vulgar and offensive as ever, and the subject matter of his rapping
and his new movie are as filthy as before his so-called rebirth experience. So not
everyone who claims to be born again seems to be aware of the true meaning of
this description.

Please follow with me as we look at what Jesus meant when he told Nicodemus
he must be born again. Jesus said, first of all, that being born again is…



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q   Necessary for everyone

Jesus made it very clear to Nicodemus, repeating and rewording the need to be
born again and to be born of the Spirit, as we read in our text in verses 3-8.
What Jesus told him wasn’t a suggestion. It is imperative. We must be born
again.

Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed and everyone needs to be born again, first
of all…

•   To be complete

Nicodemus was a highly educated and influential religious leader of the Jews.
He knew the Bible, which in his time was the Old Testament and all the oral
tradition and extra-biblical laws and regulations. No doubt, being a member of
the religious “Supreme Court,” Nicodemus was a highly respected moral man
and leader in his community. But with all that being true, Nicodemus knew he
was not complete. Something was missing in his life.

A lot of Bible scholars have opinions about why Nicodemus came to see Jesus at
night. Some suggest he was perhaps ashamed to seek an audience with Jesus,
who was a carpenter’s son, and lacked any formal religious credentials. But this
could hardly be the case since Nicodemus seems to have come not only on his
own, but also as a representative of other Pharisees and members of the
Sanhedrin ruling body (verse two, his use of “we know”).

Others speculate that rabbis/teachers in that day did most of their academic work
and study at night. Another is the idea that night was associated with spiritual
darkness, which is a theme throughout John’s gospel. Nicodemus, although a
great religious teacher, could do nothing to dispel his own spiritual darkness.
The dark is associated with spiritual darkness and ignorance. Even though
Nicodemus was a religious scholar, and knew a lot about the Bible, he was still in
the dark about the most important truth about God and his salvation. Dark is also
associated with the darkness of sin and evil, and our inability to wash the dark of
sin away from our hearts.

Perhaps another reason for “Nick at Night” was the fact that nighttime is usually
when we think the most about spiritual issues. And, when things are not right
with our souls, the problems seem exacerbated at night. At night loneliness and
fear seem greater. Daytime is a time for busyness, and we give little thought to
eternal matters, such as our soul’s destiny. But this night Nicodemus thought
about his need, and in the context of the spiritual dark night of his soul, he comes
to seek Jesus.




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I remember being awakened one night in my college dorm room by a knocking
on the door. I opened the door to see there before me one of my football
teammates. I had never before seen this look on the face of Brad Riddle. Brad’s
face was deeply troubled. Before, Brad had been a confident, even cocky
running back whose college life was characterized by football and fraternity
parties. But that night Brad, who had just been in a near-death car-train accident
during spring break, came to my room asking me to pray with him that he might
become a Christian—that he might be born again.

Brad had grown up in a church family in southeastern Ohio, yet he didn’t know
Jesus. He had not been born again. As Jesus explained to Nicodemus, just as
he had been born physically, he needed to be born again, this time spiritually and
from heaven. Flesh gives birth to flesh, Jesus explained, but the Spirit of God
alone can cause a person to be born the second time. Because of our sin
problem, all are spiritually dead and separated from holy God. Apart from a work
from God we are under the wrath and condemnation of God. We need what God
alone can do for us. Unless and until a person is born this second time, life will
remain incomplete and empty and unprepared to face God in eternity.

Nicodemus’ religious credentials and great education did no good as far as being
born again was concerned. Likely also is the fact that Nicodemus came from a
religious family and had impeccable credentials. But he still needed to be born
again.

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to
spirit” (verse 6).

When Nicodemus heard Jesus say he must be born again, he completely
misunderstood. How amazing, that a man like Nicodemus, a well-trained
theologian, seemed so obtuse about the idea of a spiritual birth and a re-birth.
The Old Testament abounds with the idea of God’s bringing life to dead objects,
and God’s restoring the dead to life, and giving a new beginning. This idea
begins with the creation and continues with the entire nation of Israel. God is
featured as the life giver and restorer of life.

Jesus was talking about spiritual truth. Nicodemus said what Jesus was talking
about seemed to radical and impossible, like entering his mother’s womb as an
adult! Jesus answered that being born again is radical. It means that we are
born of water and the Spirit, as Ezekiel prophesied in Ezekiel 36:25-26, which is
a passage of Scripture that surely Nicodemus knew. Yet obviously he failed to
understand its meaning. The overwhelming witness of Scripture is that only God
can cleanse the heart that turns from sin and believes in Jesus, who causes us to
come to new life in him by the power of the resurrection (I Peter 3:21).




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As one has said, we are like Nicodemus, and like Brad Riddle, bound to be
restless and incomplete until our hearts find their rest in Jesus (Augustine of
Hippo).

Being born again is necessary to make us complete and also…

•   To be included

Jesus told Nicodemus that he had to be born again in order to be included in the
kingdom of God. Nicodemus was a member of the church/the religion of his day,
and was a Pharisee, and a ruler of the Jewish “Supreme Court” known as the
elite 70-member Sanhedrin (John 7:45-52). He had a great intellectual
knowledge of the Law and theology, but he was totally clueless about spiritual
reality and the way to the kingdom of God. By contrast, Jesus came to show the
way into the kingdom of God and of heaven. Nicodemus belonged to the really
important religious organizations of his day, but didn’t know Jesus and thus
remained outside the really important organization—the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus had observed Jesus as a worker of miracles, and he was relying on
these sign miracles for evidence for Jesus’ identity. Yet at his point he was no
further in his faith than pseudo believing rather than a true heart knowledge and
personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior. The truth is that even with
all his religious credentials, Nicodemus was outside the kingdom of heaven. All
his intellectual knowledge and even his good works and moral living left him still
outside the kingdom of heaven.

So many today, like the above-mentioned rapper Eminem, would claim to be
born again because it has become a popular phrase, and many want to belong. I
looked at the Barna Research institute’s web site, and made this interesting
discovery: Many of those who claim to be born again have a Christian faith that is
suspect, to say the least. Although 85% of these claimants say, “the Bible is
totally accurate in all of its teachings,” almost half say that Satan is “not a living
being but is a symbol of evil.” A third of this grouping believe that if a person is
good enough “they can earn a place in heaven.” 28% of born again Christians
agree that “while he lived on earth, Jesus committed sins, like other people.”
15% of this group claim that “after he was crucified and died, Jesus Christ did not
return to life physically.” Over a fourth of these claiming to be born again believe
that “it doesn’t matter what faith you follow because they all teach the same
lessons.” And, only 32% of those of us who claim to be born again say they
believe in moral absolutes.” According to Barna’s research, “born agains are
more likely than are non-Christians to have experienced divorce” (Barna
Research Online, www.barna.org). The above statistics do not in themselves
necessarily disqualify someone from God’s saving grace through faith in Christ.
But all told together there seems to be overwhelming evidence that not all who
claim to be born again have been saved by grace into a new life in Christ.




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Serious followers of Jesus have to wonder if all these who claim to be born again
are in fact included in the kingdom of God and will go to heaven when they die.
Without a personal, living faith in the Lord Jesus and the God of the Bible that
necessarily results in a morally transformed life, how can these claimants to this
title actually be born again?

Jesus said that not only is being born again necessary for everyone. It is also…


q   Possible through only one

Here was Nicodemus, this highly respected, dignified, and educated religious
leader talking to Jesus of Nazareth, the carpenter from Nazareth, who had never
been to rabbinical/religious school. In verse 10, Jesus replies to Nicodemus’
unbelief by saying by implication, “how can you not understand this, being ‘the
Reverend Dr. Professor Nicodemus’?” Jesus sought to explain to him about the
work of the Holy Spirit in conversion that makes the rebirth experience possible.
Sometimes those who have the most familiarity with spiritual truth can be most
blinded to its real meaning.

It is possible for someone steeped in church life, for example, to be so glibly
familiar with the church’s language and traditions that the reality is lost. CS
Lewis once said he was glad he was not a professional theologian, because of
the inherent peril of thinking that because you can explain something you are
deceived into thinking you have experienced the same. This seems to be what
Jesus referred to when he said those who claim to see are often the truly blind to
God’s truth and revelation (John 9:39-40).

Jesus is saying to him that the rebirth is not by Nicodemus’ goodness, knowledge
or religious experience. He says the rebirth is possible through only One…

•   Who does his part

Jesus describes to Nicodemus the work of God in bringing about the rebirth. It is
a work by the water of God’s cleansing and the power of the Holy Spirit, as
prophetically described in Ezekiel 36:25-26. By his grace and power God
provides for our salvation. When Jesus explained to Nicodemus about the need
for the rebirth, he was aware that the provision for the rebirth would be through
his own suffering and death on the cross. It would be through his taking upon
himself the guilt and punishment for our sin that rebirth for Nicodemus would be
possible. Only because of God’s love did his Son come into the world to save
us. His death, the sinless one for sinners, made possible the forgiveness of our
sins, the washing away of our guilt to make us holy in God’s sight.

Perhaps the most popular hymn, not only in the church, but also in general
society in the West is Amazing Grace. John Newton, son of an English slave



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trader, who himself became a drunken, reckless slave trafficker, came to receive
God’s amazing grace. After almost dying on board a ship during a storm,
Newton made his peace with God and wrote his testimony in the song, Amazing
Grace.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound—that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.

Jesus referred to the work of the Holy Spirit in conversion as the free power of
God to do his work in the human heart. We can’t see the power of God anymore
than we can see the wind. All we see is the result of the blowing wind. Likewise,
all we can see is the result of God’s Spirit who changes the hearts and lives of
those who are born again.

Those of us who lived in the state of Kansas in the US know something of he
power of the wind. But actually, there are four or five other states that have more
tornadoes than Kansas, which is known as the Tornado State because of
Dorothy and Toto. I remember walking around houses near our neighborhood
that were devastated by the Great Tornado of ’91. The power of that wind was
amazing, turning cars inside out, and leveling houses as though they were razed
by a giant bulldozer.

Actually, European windstorms are the second highest cause of global natural
catastrophic insurance loss (after US hurricanes). European windstorms cause
economic damage of US 1.7 billion dollars per year. These severe storms are
caused by what is known as a North Atlantic Oscillation, an anomaly in the
temperature of the sea and the stratosphere. Meteorologists can explain and
sometimes can predict the results of the wind. But as Jesus says we can’t see
the wind itself and we certainly cannot control it.

One immediate observation Nancy and I made after our arrival here in Belgium is
the solid construction of the buildings, including the houses. They seem built to
last, not like most houses in the US, which are wood frame only veneered by
some brick or stone. Soon after I graduated from seminary, a tornado came
through that Louisville, KY campus. I recall the report of one of my professors,
whose house wasn’t destroyed. But it was discovered, after his family returned
to their house after the storm had hit, their house had actually been lifted off its
foundation and set back down again. That’s the power of the Holy Spirit in the
rebirth. God is able to lift our hearts and lives from the foundation of unbelief,
and turn us around. He doesn’t destroy us, but he turns us around toward him
and his saving grace. He then, by the power of the Holy Spirit, places our lives
on the foundation of Jesus Christ.




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Jesus Christ has the same power to turn your life around and lift you up and set
you down on the firm foundation of his word. Perhaps when Jesus was talking
with Nicodemus there was a wind howling through the door. Perhaps
Nicodemus was reminded that the unseen and yet powerful force of the wind of
God is a symbol of the powerful Holy Spirit.

Being born again is possible through only one, Jesus, who does his part…

•   When we do our part

Our part is to do what evidently Nicodemus eventually did. We see in 7:50-51
that Nicodemus sought to defend Jesus when his colleagues sought to condemn
him. John next pictures Nicodemus at the foot of the cross, where he helps to
prepare Jesus’ body for burial (John 19:39). This is good evidence that
Nicodemus responded to the gospel Jesus shared with him. Hopefully he came
to do his part.

After giving us the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus, John gives us the
most famous verse in the Bible, the sixteenth, what Martin Luther called “The
Gospel in Miniature”:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

In the following verses John reminds us that Jesus died for us because we were
under the condemnation of our unforgiven sin (verse 17). And, if we reject what
Christ has done for us to save us, the only alternative is to remain under
condemnation and then to die eternally lost and separated from God in the hell
all of us deserve (verse 18).

Our part is simply to respond to what Jesus has done in childlike faith. Jesus
said the Good News is designed for childlike faith. In fact, Jesus said if we do
not come to him like little children we cannot enter the kingdom of God (Mark
10:15).

The rebirth is possible because God has done his part. Our part is to simply
believe Jesus and trust and follow him. In our text Jesus gave an illustration from
the Old Testament, when the Israelites were in the wilderness before they finally
went into the Promised Land. They Children of Israel had sinned against God
and Moses by complaining against the way God tested them by teaching them to
trust in his provision. God’s wrath fell on them and they began to die from the
venom of poisonous snakes God had sent to them. In order to save them from
the plague, God instructed Moses to make a bronze snake, a “lookalike” of the
poisonous snakes that were killing the people. If the people looked at this bronze
snake in faith and obedience to God, they were healed of the poisonous
snakebites (Numbers 21:8,9). Jesus was telling Nicodemus that it would be



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necessary for him to be lifted up on a cross in order to be the healing, life-giving
Savior of all who would look to him in faith.

Faith that allows us to be born again is the simple looking to Jesus who was on
the cross, just as a bronze snake was lifted up on a pole. We must look to Jesus
as the one who died for us, who rose again, and who is in heaven as our Lord
and who is coming again as our Savior and as Judge of those who reject him.

Being born again is necessary for everyone. It is possible through only one:
Jesus. And finally, being born again is…


q   Beneficial from now on

Being born again makes an immediate difference in our lives. What Jesus
promised Nicodemus he promises each one of us here today. In the gospel in
miniature we see that because God gave us his Son as a gift of his love, we
immediately receive the free gift of eternal life. Being born again is beneficial…

•   When we enter the kingdom now

Jesus offered Nicodemus and he offers us the free gift of eternal life beginning
right now. Of course, the blessings of the rebirth did not come fully until after the
cross, the resurrection, and then the coming of he Holy Spirit on and since the
Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). Now, when anyone calls on Jesus as Savior, she/he
is born again. The moment we trust in Jesus and call on him, he makes us right
with God, forgiving our sins and giving us peace with God. We now have a
personal, life-changing relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The Holy
Spirit begins immediately to sanctify us, that is, to make us holy and into the
likeness of the character of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

As someone has said, if your experience with grace isn’t changing you now, it
won’t save you then, when you get to the end of your life on this earth. If you
don’t have enough grace to change you, you don’t have enough grace to save
you.

Being born again is an expression of new beginnings. The Bible tells about
God’s new beginnings with his people. After the flood, there was a new
beginning, a rebirth of God’s people. After the exodus there was a new
beginning. After the exile, there was a new beginning when God allowed the
Israelites to return to the Promised Land. And, of course, the death and
resurrection of Jesus made possible the rebirth, this new beginning for all of us
who believe in Jesus and turn from a willful life of sin. And the entire Christian
life is one of new beginnings. God doesn’t stop working with us at the moment
we first believe, at our moment of rebirth. The Christian life is a series of new




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beginnings and follows the pattern of death to self and resurrection to a new
beginning. For the Christian, the best is always yet to be.

I am so glad this is true, and Nancy and I have found this to be true even at his
advanced stage of our Christian pilgrimage and ministry. I’m so glad I can
encourage fellow believers to trust that the rebirth is an ongoing process, and
God isn’t through working and blessing and making all things new until you get to
heaven, and then reach absolute glory and perfection. I’m glad I could write an
E-mail to a despondent friend back in the US whose husband is seeking a
divorce and is unrepentant just at the time she is seeking to be fully surrendered
to Christ as Lord. I can tell her that because she is born again God is at work in
her and will bring her to completion in him. Rebirth is the beginning of a process
that continues toward completion, and the best is yet to be (Philippians 1:6). The
pattern of rebirth and ongoing resurrection continues in the life of the believer.
We are always in the process of dying to old, sinful self, and seeing Jesus raise
us to a new life, the life of always being born again. This is good news, whatever
your circumstances.

And being born again is beneficial because we enter the kingdom now…

•   And live in heaven forever

Forgive me for oversimplifying, but let me quote the words printed on an auto
bumper sticker I read years ago, which clarify the option and the consequences
of being born again:

Born once—die twice.
Born twice—die once.

Those who are not born again will face the second death the Book of Revelation
describes. The dead without Christ will be raised to stand before the White
Throne Judgment, and then will be cast into the lake of fire, which John says is
the second death (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

But those of us who know Jesus as Lord and Savior, who have been born again,
i.e., born twice, we have no need to fear the second death. We will die once
because we have been born twice.

We don’t know why Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. Nicodemus was a
Pharisee, which means he believed in a future judgment and the possibility of a
resurrection. Yet he thought heaven was something he would have to attain by
keeping the minutia of the law and by doing good. He had no assurance or even
real hope for heaven, except by his own futile efforts. Maybe when he came to
Jesus at night he was fearful of the judgment and hopeful Jesus might have
some word to assuage his fears.




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I think Brad Riddle came to my room that night because he was fearful at night.
He had a narrow escape from death from a near train-car collision. He knew had
he died he would not have gone to heaven. He would without hope and would
have awaited the judgment and then experienced the second death (Revelation
21:8). He would have entered into a godless eternity and been consigned to hell
with the devil and his angels. Brad came to me, and especially to Jesus at night
because he didn’t want to experience another night of fear, the fear of the
Judgment.

But “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (verse 16). Nicodemus and
Brad heard from Jesus that heaven is a gift of God’s love and grace, made
possible by what God did for us through the death of his Son. Heaven is a free
gift received by faith. Heaven is the consummation of the rebirth we experience
now. Heaven is the fulfillment of our relationships with God and his people, and
will be the fulfillment of our potential and all our longings and hopes. The
greatest thing about heaven is God will be there. It’s the place Jesus has gone
to prepare for us (John 14:1-3).

One of the assurances of eternal life now and heaven to come is your longing for
fellowship with God and his people. A true believer loves worship and gathering
with God’s people, which is a foretaste of heaven. Unless there is a change of
heart, an actual rebirth experience, some so-called Christians would not enjoy
heaven because they have no desire for the worship of God or fellowship with his
people!

Eternal life will be fulfilled and enjoyed forever with God in heaven.


Being born again is beneficial now and from now on.


Conclusion:

Being born again is necessary for everyone, possible through only one, and
beneficial from now on.

Have you been born again? Maybe you’ve heard before the message of the
rebirth, and of your need to be born again. This may not be new to you.

The great evangelist during the Great Awakening of the 18th Century in England,
George Whitefield, preached for several days and nights in the open air from this
passage we looked at today. He said over and over the words of Jesus to
Nicodemus, “You must be born again.”




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One of his critics asked him, “Mr. Whitefield, when are you going to change your
sermon topic from this text, “You must be born again?” Replied the great
preacher: “When you are born again.”

Today, whether it is the first time or many times you have heard these words of
Jesus, today is a good time to be born again. I think maybe Nicodemus and
maybe Brad Riddle came at night to seek salvation because they didn’t want to
wait till morning. Tomorrow might be too late. Besides, this is a great time to
come to Jesus.

We open the doors of the church to those God may be leading to join with us this
morning. We’ll be happy to welcome you today, and the elders and I will be
happy to share with you about baptism and/or membership. Also, Christ
welcomes all who will come to him today. There are people here this morning
who will be happy to counsel with you who come for prayer.

Whatever your church background or membership or lack thereof, we encourage
you today to pray to trust and to follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior. We invite
you to come to receive counseling and to pray to trust Christ for rebirth even
though you are a member of another church perhaps in another country. If God
leads, you can retain your church membership elsewhere. Our desire today is to
encourage you to be born again.

I pray all here who don’t know Jesus will today be born again.



Questions for individual reflection and/or group discussion:

1. What are some ways you have heard the term “born again” used in ways
   other than the way Jesus used it in our text?

2. Why do you think Nicodemus came to Jesus at nighttime?

3. Nicodemus, a highly educated religious leader and scholar of the Old
   Testament failed completely to understand Jesus’ speaking about the
   necessity of being born again. Why do you think he failed to understand?

4. Is there a danger in knowing so many religious and even biblical facts, and
   being so acquainted with spiritual truth, that we can be deceived into thinking
   because we know the language of the gospel we have automatically
   experienced the power of the gospel?

5. In verses 14 & 15 Jesus used the story from Numbers 21:8-9 about the
   bronze snake in the wilderness to illustrate how he would have to be lifted up
   on the cross to be the remedy for the “snakebite” of our sin. What were the



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   people in the desert (Numbers 21) required to do in order to be healed? How
   is this an illustration for what is required for our salvation? How is saving faith
   compared to a simple looking for help and healing? Is there anything we can
   do to save ourselves (read Ephesians 2:8-9)?

6. Being born again refers to the initial experience of conversion, but also
   includes the idea that eternal life is a present possession that continues to
   make us new creations in Christ. Rebirth happens not only when we first
   believe, but also the believer continues to be made new and grows daily in
   grace. Discuss the phrase, “Faith that isn’t changing you now won’t save you
   then.”

7. Rebirth ushers into a relationship with Jesus Christ that not only makes us
   holy, but also gives us grace and hope for daily living and dealing with life’s
   struggles. Being born again means, as Peter says, we have been given “new
   birth into a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3). Is it true that for the born again child of
   God, the best is yet to be? In what ways?

8. Close your time of study with prayers of thanksgiving for God’s saving grace,
   and pray for those in your sphere of influence who are in need of the rebirth.




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