Summary: 1 of ? Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus yielded the essentials of being born again/from above. Being born again is essential to God’s plan. But what does it take to be born from above? Those born from above, Abandon...
ABANDONED AT BIRTH-I—John 3:1-21
Concessions For New Birth
Grandma arrived at their door with a big smile & open arms!
Little Jimmy was so happy to see his grandmother that he ran up & gave her a big hug.
"I'm so happy to see you, grandma!
Now daddy will have to do that trick he's been promising to do!"
His grandmother was curious. "What trick is that, sweetie?"
The little guy smiled at her, "I heard daddy tell mommy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit us again!"
Like Jimmy’s Daddy, Some of us are in desperate need of not being recognized!... in desperate need of a New Life/Birth!...
...He needed to give up/concede the way he talked about his mother-in-law!
In God’s scheme of life for mankind, New Birth—being born again— is the only means of...growing close to God, finding power in prayer, being faithful in service, finding God’s purpose in life, becoming dedicated to His direction.
Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus yielded the essentials of being born again.
Being born again is essential to God’s plan.
What is essential to achieve new birth?
What is essential to be born again?
6 Concessions we all must make to achieve a new birth.
6 Concessions we all must make to be born again/from above.
‘Concede’—“To admit that something is true or valid after first denying or resisting it.”—“To surrender or yield(something that one possesses)”
‘Concession’—“A thing that is granted, especially in response to demands.”—Something surrendered or given up
A concession essential for new birth is to Abandon...
To be Born Again, we must Abandon...
To be Born From Above, we must Abandon...
1—Those born from above, Abandon...
Explanation: (:1-2) Successful
:1—“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.”
John tells us that there existed a certain man—who was of a sect of Judaism known as the “Pharisees.” Nicodemus was his name. Nicodemus was of some influence as he was “a ruler of the Jews.” His influence was one of spiritual import as well as civic, seeing as the Sanhedrin(rulers) spiritual matters encouraged, formed & enforced civic policy. Judiciary, Legislative & Executive body.
Nicodemus was “a ruler of the Jews” who held to the Pharisaic tradition. He came to Jesus representing the sect of the Pharisees.
“Pharisees”—Farisaiov— ‘A sect that seems to have started after the Jewish exile. In addition to OT books the Pharisees recognized in oral tradition a standard of belief & life. They sought for distinction & praise by outward observance of external rites & by outward forms of piety, & such as ceremonial washings, fastings, prayers, & alms giving; &, comparatively negligent of genuine piety, they prided themselves on their fancied good works. They held strenuously to a belief in the existence of good & evil angels, & to the expectation of a Messiah; & they cherished the hope that the dead, after a preliminary experience either of reward or of penalty in Hades, would be recalled to life by him, & be requited each according to his individual deeds. In opposition to the usurped dominion of the Herods & the rule of the Romans, they stoutly upheld the theocracy & their country's cause, & possessed great influence with the common people....They were bitter enemies of Jesus & his cause; & were in turn severely rebuked by Him for their avarice, ambition, hollow reliance on outward works, & affection of piety in order to gain popularity.’—Thayer