Jesus Paints a Picture of the New Birth
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John 3:8 “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” NKJV
I firmly believe I would be safe in saying that there has not been one single human being that has ever lived that did not see the effects of strong winds blowing whether during a storm or just in the course of a normal weather day. Also many people have been refreshed by a cool breeze blowing in the middle of a hot July day in the park. The wind comes and disappears as it pleases and we can just enjoy it when it is mild and try and seek cover or safety from it when it comes in the form of storms. The National Weather Service works around the clock trying to predict the paths or directions anticipated for Hurricanes with wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour and also the Tornado with wind speeds up to 200 miles per hour. They are able to be close in warning people living in these potentially dangerous locations of an approximate day and time they will come but despite the sophistication of the technology today these occurrences can never be predicted with 100% accuracy. The wind to man is a mystery that he has never mastered or comprehended and man will never come to full knowledge or understanding concerning the wind. We have given our human definitions of the wind and what makes it strong at some times and places and weaker in others but these are all human theories that can never be totally relied on. The wind will forever be a mystery from generation to generation.
Our Lord Jesus Christ however, unlike us knows all the workings of the wind and its origin and how it works in all cases and what it is made up of because He made the wind. It is not coincidence that He uses this analogy of the wind to paint for Nicodemus and for us a picture of a soul being given eternal life, resurrected from spiritual death, or as He puts it in this 3rd Chapter of John’s gospel being born again. The comparison our Lord uses of the wind cements for us the utter mystery of the new birth. Great men of God over the many centuries have declared their utter inadequacy of trying to use human language to define, describe, or develop ways for us to understand this awesome and mighty miracle wrought by the 3rd Person of the Trinity God the Holy Spirit.
What we can see from this picture painted in this subject verse (John 3:8) is that the work or miracle is unseen by any human eye and is wrought in the spirit of the person that is born of God. A new nature (the seed of God) is planted in the sinner that is totally pure, righteous, holy, and hates sin (1 John 3:9). Our Lord is saying that everyone born again will become so dramatically new in every area of their lives, their thinking, their world view, their appetites, their loves, and the things that they hate will be so opposite of the way the rest of the people of the world; that it will be visible to all but it won’t be understood (1 Corinthians 2:10-16). Just like the wind moves about this world free and unobstructed, so will the newly born again soul be free from sins demanding, destructive, and destroying power in their daily lives.
The wind cannot be contained or corralled by anything and so is everyone born of the Spirit now liberated in Christ having all things from and created by our Lord Jesus freely at our disposal for us to enjoy righteously (Galatians 5:1;1Corinthians 6:12). Everyone born of the Spirit is unashamed to enter into the presence of a Holy and Just God because we now see Him as Father and we desire to please Him as any earthly son or daughter does with their Father (Romans 8:16; John 3:21). Our Lord is saying to this man Nicodemus and to us that this is the miracle of miracles, a complete mystery, but an absolute must for salvation and it is all wrought by the Power of God the Holy Spirit with no human effort at all.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. NKJV
Ecclesiastes 11:5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything. NKJV
Ezekiel 37:9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.’” NKJV
John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. NKJV
Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” NKJV
1 John 2:29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. NKJV
1 John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. NKJV
1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world --- our faith. NKJV
1 John 5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. NKJV
“When we are born again, a new life - the life of God - is put into us by the Holy Spirit. But the old self-life, which is called in Scripture the flesh, is not taken away. The two may coexist in the same heart. ‘The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.’” F. B. Meyer
“Beware, I pray thee, of presuming that thou art saved. If thy heart be renewed, if thou shalt hate the things that thou didst once love, and love the things that thou didst once hate; if thou hast really repented; if there be a thorough change of mind in thee; if thou be born again, then hast thou reason to rejoice: but if there be no vital change, no inward godliness; if there be no love to God, no prayer, no work of the Holy Spirit, then thy saying ‘I am saved’ is but thine own assertion, and it may delude, but it will not deliver thee.” Charles Spurgeon
“To be born again is, as it were, to enter upon a new existence, to have a new mind, a new heart, new views, new principles, new tastes, new affections, new likings, new dislikings, new fears, new joys, new sorrows, new love to things once hated, new hatred to things once loved, new thoughts of God, and ourselves, and the world, and the life to come, and salvation.” J. C. Ryle
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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