Of Water and Spirit


From Pastor’s Desk:

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

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There are people who think that heaven can be gained by many different ways. This verse certainly narrows it down to only one way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). Peter, when questioned about the healing of the lame man, said “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).

One aspect of this verse, John 3:5, that is interesting is that it is not speaking only of heaven. Certainly, no one, with sin in their life, will enter heaven as Scripture on that. But what about now? What about this life? That is the point of the phrase “enter the kingdom of God.” The kingdom of God is that spiritual realm that is entered once a person accepts Christ Jesus as Savior. It is there of which Jesus was speaking when he said to Peter and the other disciples, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of God” in Matthew 16:19.

It is in that kingdom wherein we walk as “born again” children of God. It is in that kingdom where our prayers are heard by the Father. Is in that kingdom we are afforded all the spiritual blessings of God in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3).

Adam Clarke says of “born of water and the spirit: “…as by…water the body was washed, cleansed, and refreshed, so, by the influences of the Holy Spirit, the soul was to be purified from its defilement, and strengthened to walk in the way of truth and holiness.”

It is here we are enabled to “walk in the way of truth and holiness” that we might enter heaven and live eternally with God.

 

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