Marvel Not!

“Mar­vel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again,” our Lord tells Nicode­mus, a Phar­isee and ruler of the Jews, in John 3:6 of the Holy Bible. 
Nicode­mus had come to Jesus pri­vate­ly at night to avoid the has­sle which would have undoubt­ed­ly occurred had oth­er Phar­isees seen him giv­ing Jesus pos­i­tive atten­tion. But Nicode­mus’ eyes were already open­ing, respond­ing to the light which shown from Jesus Christ.

“Rab­bi,” he addressed Jesus, “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.”

His response isn’t one which would illic­it sal­va­tion. Jesus is much more than “a teacher from God,” and His splen­dor goes far beyond the mir­a­cles which He did.

Jesus would go on lat­er to explain that He is the “only begot­ten Son” of God, sent into the world to save that which was lost. But to begin with, Jesus gives Nicode­mus a seem­ing­ly hard say­ing: “Ver­i­ly, ver­i­ly, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he can­not see the king­dom of God.”

What? That sound­ed impos­si­ble, even to a man who believed in the mir­a­cles Jesus wrought: “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the sec­ond time into his moth­er’s womb, and be born?” he asked the Lord.

I can only imag­ine the swirl of thoughts Nicode­mus had at that moment, the images he must have con­jured up. And what of those poor souls whose moth­er has already passed on?

Not one to leave an hon­est inquir­er in con­fu­sion, Jesus explains, “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.”

Until a man is born “of water and of the Spir­it,” he can­not be saved. We’ve been born of the flesh through our moth­er and father. We’ve entered into the king­dom of this world.

But to enter the King­dom of God–a spir­i­tu­al king­dom unique to those who believe in the true Christ–one must be born of the Spir­it as well. Our soul must be reborn by the Holy Spir­it, remade in per­fec­tion, jus­ti­fied and cleansed of sin by the wash­ing and regen­er­a­tion of the water of the word of God which sat­is­fies the deep­est thirsts of man.

It only makes sense, after all, that if there are two king­doms and the first required a birth to enter, as would the sec­ond. So Jesus said, “Mar­vel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

Mar­vel not! Do you want to be saved? Do you want to be Heav­en-bound? Mar­vel not that you can­not work your way there any­more than you could work your way toward being born onto Earth! Mar­vel not that you must be spir­i­tu­al­ly reborn to enter into a spir­i­tu­al king­dom! Mar­vel not that God made a way!

And as Moses lift­ed up the ser­pent in the wilder­ness, even so must the Son of man be lift­ed up: That whoso­ev­er believeth in him should not per­ish, but have eter­nal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begot­ten Son, that whoso­ev­er believeth in him should not per­ish, but have ever­last­ing life. For God sent not his Son into the world to con­demn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not con­demned: but he that believeth not is con­demned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begot­ten Son of God.

If you do not believe in Jesus, you are already con­demned, because you have “loved dark­ness rather than light.” Per­haps you are afraid that if you come to Jesus, your “deeds should be reproved,” and because of that you “hateth the light.”

Don’t let your lifestyle keep you in con­dem­na­tion. Repent of your sins, and come to the light. Sim­ply believe in Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. God will grant you eter­nal life on the mer­its of Jesus Christ in this very moment! You will not have to live your life in fear, won­der­ing if you’ll have done enough to make it into Heav­en. You can live a life of hope, of joy, and of peace with Jeho­vah, and all you must do is believe. Be reborn and enter into the King­dom of God.

Don’t trust in church atten­dance or mem­ber­ship. Don’t trust in bap­tism or sacra­ments. Don’t trust in obe­di­ence to ordi­nances or laws. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will pass from con­dem­na­tion and death into an eter­nal life, blessed with jus­ti­fi­ca­tion and free­dom from sin and darkness.

“Mar­vel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.”

Don’t pass into the next world with­out hav­ing been born twice in this one.

If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact me. Leave a com­ment, email me, ask on… Any­thing to help you gain assur­ance of life!

(All Bible quotes from John 3:1–21.)






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