Summary: The Holy Spirit births us into God’s family at the moment of salvation and brings about this new birth.
“Born of the Spirit”
1.Before we talk about being filled with the Spirit or walking in the Spirit, we must talk about being born of the Spirit. You have to be born before you can walk and feed yourself.
2.Nicodemus had come to Jesus to talk about theology, but Jesus only wanted to talk about birthdays. Everyone needs two birthdays. Our first one, we like people to remember it when we’re young and forget it when we’re old. The second birthday is more important. The first is for time – the second for eternity.
3.The term “born again” has fallen on hard times. It is too commonly referred to. However, it is the miracle of salvation that takes place in a believer’s heart. We cannot go to Heaven unless we have been born again.
I.Being Born Again is Essential. (vs. 3)
a.“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. Jesus said in verse 7, “Ye must be born again.”
b.Requirement, Necessity, Not optional, Not an elective.
c.Nicodemus was religious, rich, and a ruler, but none of that could get him to Heaven.
e.The only way to get us into Heaven is for God to get Heaven into us, and He does that by the new birth.
f.If you are born twice, you only have to die once. If you are only born once, you have to die twice. (Physical death and spiritual death)
g.Those who are not born again will spend eternity in Hell. They are condemned already. (vs. 18)
II.Being Born Again is Explained. (vs. 4-6)
a.Nicodemus did not understand. Many do not understand how to be saved. They need someone to explain it to them. Salvation is mysterious, but we don’t have to understand it to enjoy it. I don’t understand electricity, but I enjoy it. I don’t understand how a brown cow can eat green grass and produce white milk, but I enjoy a cold glass of milk or a bowl of ice cream. However, we can understand some things about salvation.
b.The water refers to the Word of God. The preaching of God’s Word produces salvation. 1 Peter 1:23, “Being born again not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” James 1:18, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”
c.The Spirit refers to conviction. The Holy Spirit reproves and convicts us of sin. The Holy Spirit makes us sick of our sin and puts within us a desire to be saved.
d.Jesus’ birth is somewhat like the new birth. The Holy Spirit helped Mary conceive a baby without ever being with a man. The Holy Spirit must convict us and give us a desire to be saved if we are going to have a new birth.
e.The Bible explains salvation:
i.We are sinners. (Romans 3:23) Only had to break one of God’s laws to be a sinner. Sinner by conception and sinner by choice.
ii.Sin has to be paid for. (Romans 6:23) When we break the law, there is a consequence. Just God could do no less than that. Penalty for sin is death and Hell.