Summary: How we can be Satan's ex.
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Let me first explain the title of this message. The term “ex”, as it relates to society, is someone with whom a person was once associated with; often used in a romantic way, as in ex-girlfriend, ex-boyfriend, ex-wife, or ex-husband. The term “men” in our title does not relate to just men, but is a non-gender term that means “mankind”; so ladies don’t be offended because you think that I have excluded you; but know that as part of mankind you are included. So now that we are clear on the meaning of our title, you may be wondering why we have a subject relating to being someone’s ex and how that will tie to Jesus speaking about being born again. The answer to that is simple; before you were accepted the gift of salvation we were Satan’s girl or boy friend. Before we were redeemed by the blood of Christ Jesus we were the devil’s plaything. So, when we accepted the gift of salvation that is offered by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we became the devil’s ex. And for those of us who have confessed the name of Jesus as our Lord and Savior and have repented of our sins we carry the glorious distinction of being ex-men. And we all can become ex-men when we change our way of thinking because Paul tells us this in Romans 8:6.
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
And he also tells us this in Romans 12:2.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
So as long as we hang on to the material things of this world, living a life without Christ Jesus we will remain united with the devil being his plaything.
A Pharisee in the time of Jesus was a member of the group of Pharisees, a religious and political group that insisted on following the laws of God as interpreted by the scribes. It is this group of people that Jesus spoke condemnation upon in Matthew 23. It is this group of people that Jesus labeled as hypocrites and later rejecting them because they would not accept the fact that they needed a savior. Because of this group’s behavior and rejection of Jesus as the Messiah He has this to say to them in Matthew 23:13-14.