“Born of water” (part 2)

“Water is for the “internal washing” of the heart. The “blood” is for the “remission of sins”.

In part one, we looked into some of the “natural” properties of this “water purification” as contained in the Old Testament.

For cleansing and atonement, it takes “water and blood”. The sacrifice/offering was not considered “clean” unless it was “washed” with water. The washing proceeded the sacrifice/offering. Some analogues of this to be considered, could be the following,

Before water could be turned into blood, it had to be first water. Keeping in mind, that in the natural, blood is 82% water. In Exodus 4, the Lord speaking to Moses regarding the two signs says, “And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on dry land. The water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry land.” (Ex.4:9)

It came to pass as the “first plague” as recorded in Exodus 7 :14-25, “Waters become blood”

Water and blood are closely used together. In Hebrews 9:19, the writer relates back to the “first covenant”. He is speaking primarily of “blood” in this chapter, but it’s not to nullify the “water”. Again, the animal sacrifices had to be first “washed”. “For when Moses had spoken every command (or precept) to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,”.

So, to try to understand the process of water in relationship to the spiritual birth, we need to go back to the “spiritual” understanding of this “water” birth. For now, let’s try to stay away from the literal “water baptism” meaning. That is the easy understanding, or the quick fix. As I have said in my previous posts that led up to this study, we live in a day where everything is “fast and quick”. If one can get “saved” right now, that’s good enough. All one has to do is “acknowledge Jesus”, right?

So water is used for cleansing/washing. Since we are trying to understand the spiritual meaning of being “born of water”, it is necessary to again be reminded that “born” is “regenerated”. The very meaning of the word “born” in the Greek is “to regenerate”, and the “re” means “anew, once more, again”. Generation means “nature”. How about a “Anew nature?”. Regeneration is a spiritual rebirth, a spiritual renovation into a new nature. So, coming to the understanding of the part “water” has to play into it, we arrive at the “washing of regeneration” (Titus 3:5). This is internal. This has to do with the heart, or the “core” of man. To say, “born of water” in a spiritual setting, is seeing it as an “internal washing” that must take place.

Now, to put ourselves in Nicodemus’ shoes, we must remember that he had read the book of the Prophet Ezekiel before, no doubt. He didn’t have the New Testament like us. It is always good to remind ourselves of this fact. They were taught, or were schooled in “Old Testament” terms.

Had he (Nicodemus), read about the “Renewal of Israel” from Ezekiel? Was he a “teacher of Israel?” Jesus said he was. (Jn.3:10). So what are we to do with this understanding?

Ezekiel prophesying says, “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness (sins) and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you”……. (Ezek.36:25-27)

Was the Prophet Ezekiel speaking spiritually here? Was he speaking about a spiritual birth? Was he speaking about an internal washing? It looks like it to me.

The Prophet Jeremiah also prophesied about the “heart”. He talked about giving us “one heart” in Jer.32:39. He spoke about the “cleansing” of the heart in 33:8.

So, to understand “water” and “blood” and how they work for the common purpose of regeneration, we need to remember that “water” is for the “internal washing” of the heart. The “blood” is for the “remission of sins”, or the doing away thereof. Water and blood cannot be separated. They are two agents, so to speak, that are joined together. So when one says, “born of water”, he is including the fact that it takes “blood” to complete the process of  regeneration.

Next up….  There is something that has been left out in the teaching of being “born again”. It has to do with being “born of water”. It is the spiritual significance of the man, “John the Baptist”. He taught something that is of utmost importance if one is going to be “born again?” No, it’s not only “water baptism” as we might think. That’s the literal, and most popular teaching of the man. Water baptism does complete the process, but it’s certainly not “all conclusive”.

We will get to the deeper truth, stay tuned.

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2 Responses to ““Born of water” (part 2)”

  1. Odzywki Gaspari Says:

    Wow! This can be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Magnificent. I’m also an expert in this topic therefore I can understand your hard work.

  2. Richard Says:

    Odzywki,
    Well, bless The Lord! It was quite a study. I can honestly say that it was the most intense that I have had in a long time.
    Glad you were blessed by it!

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