“Born of water” (Part 1)

We have been looking into the third chapter of John where Jesus teaches about understanding the kingdom and entering the kingdom. To be reminded again, He was talking about a spiritual kingdom and a spiritual birth that He said “we must have” to “see” and “enter”. (see my previous post “The mode of entrance)

So, we have to understand first off, that “being born of water” is going to take some spiritual understanding as to what Jesus meant about “water”. The easy way, or the traditional way, would be to say, “oh, that is easy to understand”. “The water means that you need to be baptized in water.” No, its way deeper than that. Spiritual understanding and things of the Spirit, are deep. They are not found on the surface. One has to be found in the Spirit in order to understand the truths of the Spirit. It will take some “digging” to locate.

I have found that The Holy Spirit is more than able to be “our teacher” in study. I have also found that God’s word alone is more than enough. The Spirit and the Word reveal truth. I am not big on “commentaries” or “books on the subject”, and “going on-line” for every answer. One can easily get confused and or lost in all the opinions out there. If you have some good bibles with references to other related scriptures on the subject, that is good enough. The Word is sufficient with The Spirit. And you don’t even need a degree from a Bible college either. Shut yourself with God, and you will be amazed what you’ll find.

First off, let’s get a deeper understanding of the word “Born”. Contrary to what some might think, this word is not referring to a natural birth. Like I said in a previous post, Jesus is not saying that you have to first have a “natural birth”, and the “water” is not the “amniotic” fluid that surrounds the baby in the womb. The word, “Born” means, to “regenerate”. “Regeneration” means, “rebirth” (the state or the act). Figuratively, it means, “renovation”. This is tied directly to the verse found in the book of Titus that speaks of “the washing of regeneration” (Tit.3:5). So, if you understand that Jesus is referring to a “spiritual birth”, it would mean, to be “regenerated of water”. Spiritually reborn through the washing of regeneration of “water”.

To be able to get the proper understanding of “water” spiritually, we must visit the “literal” meaning of water as found in the Old Testament. We must try to get the understanding from the “Jewish” mindset. After all, Jesus was speaking to a Jew regarding this “being born again”. The Jews were well acquainted with “water purification”. In fact, in the this same chapter of John, it says that “there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification” (Jn.3:25)

I won’t take the time to get into real depth about this “water” understanding, but we will be able to see how important it is to understand the “purification” properties.

In Exodus, we see that in order for Aaron and his sons to be “consecrated” as priests, they took the bull and the rams and had to “wash” them in water. (Ex.29:4, 40:12. Lev. 8:6). They also had to be washed with water that was anointed in a laver before they put on the “holy garments” (Ex. 40: 7-13)

The burnt offerings were “washed in water” before being presented to the Lord. (Lev.1:9,13). There was the ritual cleansing for the healed lepers found in Leviticus the 14th chapter. Basically, throughout the Old Testament one can find almost unlimited scriptures regarding “water” being used to purify. I will leave this with the “Laws of Purification” found in Numbers chapter 19.

“Then the priest shall wash his clothes, he shall bathe in water,…. (vs.7). “Then the man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and store them outside the camp in a clean place; and they shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for the water of purification; it is for purifying from sin.” (vs.9)

So we see that water was used in the purifying process from the very early stages. Our next step in understanding the process of purification, is “Blood”. Believe it or not, being “born of water” has to do with “blood”. They cannot be separated. It takes “water and blood”. In the natural, do you know that our blood is 82% water? Do you think that when “blood and water” flowed out of Jesus on the cross that it was no big thing? When was the last time that you looked into its meaning?

In our next chapter (2), we will look into how “blood and water” together make up the cleansing agent for the purifying of sin. Stay tuned.

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