The mode of entrance into the Kingdom

The mode of entrance into the kingdom of God is the second birth, which is a birth of the Spirit of God. A spiritual birth must take place.

The key to understanding the spiritual birth, is the Spirit of God. Without the Spirit of God dwelling within you, there is no understanding of it. This was pretty obvious when Nicodemus tried to figure it out from a natural perspective. He couldn’t. And all those who have yet to be born again, are in the same boat. First Corinthians, chapter 2 is a good one explaining the natural man verses the Spirit of God, in relation to understanding the Spirit, or God who is Spirit.

After moving on from John 3:3, which talks about the need to be “born from above” in order to “see” (perceive, or understand) the kingdom of God, the real need is to be able to “enter into” the kingdom of God. Jesus made it absolutely clear that one cannot get into it unless they have been “born of water and Spirit”. So how important would this be to understand what He was talking about? Can we afford to “hit and miss” with this one?

So, to be “born again” is to have a spiritual birth which is, being “born of water and Spirit”. This is the spiritual birth. This is the only birth into God’s kingdom. It doesn’t make any difference what Doctor so and so says, or Professor so and so says. Any teacher void of the Spirit of God is not qualified to speak on things of the spiritual kingdom anyways. We must get the meaning of what Jesus was teaching here, and it takes the Spirit of God to do that.

Now, I totally disagree with all those that think that Jesus was talking about the natural birth when he mentioned “born of water”. They think that Jesus, when talking to Nicodemus, was saying that one needs to be first, born physically. Isn’t that a “no brainer?”. Why would he tell a grown man that he needed first to be born naturally? Or anybody for that matter.

Some also have said that the “water” means the water that’s abound the baby inside the mother. And before she gives birth, her “water breaks”. Was this a term that the Jews used back then like us Americans of today? I think not.

We are looking into the “water” part of the new birth. Water plays a huge part. It is every bit as important as the “Spirit” part of the new birth. Remember, Jesus said, “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”  Stay tuned as we look into being “born of water”.

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4 Responses to “The mode of entrance into the Kingdom”

  1. Rick Kincaid Says:

    Hi Richard,

    I am looking forward to what is revaled to you about “being born of water”. As I mature in Christ I am realizing so many things that have been taught to me are just traditions of the visible church and what I have been taught about this just may be another.

    Keep up the good work. I pray your day is blessed and that the ministry you have been called to expands as He brings more to you.

    Rick

  2. Richard Says:

    Rick,
    Thanks for coming by.
    It has been one of the most blessed studies that I have had in a long time. It started out in John 3 with studying about the spiritual kingdom. For the past three weeks, I have been on the “born again” process that Jesus was referring to. The Spirit is taking us through the understanding of the “water” part of being born spiritually. I am still getting insight regarding this, and hope to have something to post soon.
    You are so right about, “so many things that have been taught to me are just traditions of the visible church”. This would make for an excellent post. So true.
    God bless you as you go out!

  3. timbob Says:

    Good morning. A lot of thughts came to mind as I read this; the most alarming being the words that Jesus spoke in Matthew 7:22-23. I think that our churches are filled with people who have never been truly born again. At some point in their life, they “turned over a new leaf” so to speak, began doing things that they believed a christian would do, found a local church, and meshed with the congregation. Over time, (oh this commment is going astray) they conformed to the speach and mannerisms of that congregation.

    They may have “good moving worship services” and “get something out of every message that is preached.” They may do their best to perform good deeds for others. But in the midst of the performance, there’s a terrible flaw. Their heart has never been truly regenerated.

    In reading this, I was forced to examine my own conversion. This is a good thing; I visit it often. It was the single most incredible day of my life. I was not brought up in a christian home and I had very little godly influence in my life. But in September of 1983, I believed on the Lord Jesus.

    I was baptized twice; once in the Matthew 28:19 fashion (this took place in san Diego in 1984) and a second time in the name of Jesus (Virginia Beach in the fall of 1984) While arguements over baptisms are commonplace, each time, my hearts desire was the same. Jesus was my Savior and I wanted to be obediant to him.

    Thank you for taking time to address this issue. The seriousness of this issue demands it, because many are going to go into sternity thinking “I’m good” (the default street response) when everything is not good.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  4. Richard Says:

    Timbob,
    Right on brother.
    This is my heart also. He has laid the burden upon me for the last month. I am finally ready to explain the “born of water” process. And as I have said earlier, it’s way more than the act of water baptism. The act doesn’t save as. It what leads up to the act that does. One can go into the water as a filthy sinner, and come out the same. The spiritual cleansing of the heart must take place first.
    Stay tuned.
    Love ya brother!

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