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THE DOCTRINE OF REGENERATION

J O H N    3 : 1 - 2 1
PART 1:  VERSES  1 - 4
Carl  Whorley,  Lewistown,  Montana



John Chapter 3

[1] There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
[2] The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, 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.
[3] Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
[4] Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
[5] Jesus answered, 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.
[6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
[7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
[8] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
[9] Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
[10] Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
[11] Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
[12] If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
[13] And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
[14] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
[15] That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
[16] 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.
[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
[18] 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.[19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
[20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
[21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
[1]  hn de anqrwpoV ek twn farisaiwn nikodhmoV onoma autw arcwn twn ioudaiwn
[2]  outoV hlqen proV auton nuktoV kai eipen autw rabbi oidamen oti apo qeou elhluqaV didaskaloV oudeiV gar tauta ta shmeia dunatai poiein a su poieiV ean mh h o qeoV met autou
[3] apekriqh o ihsouV kai eipen autw amhn amhn legw soi ean mh tiV gennhqh anwqen ou dunatai idein thn basileian tou qeou
[4] legei proV auton o nikodhmoV pwV dunatai anqrwpoV gennhqhnai gerwn wn mh dunatai eiV thn koilian thV mhtroV autou deuteron eiselqein kai gennhqhnai
 
JOHN 3:1-4
 
In the teachings of Jesus, there is a constant which He always observes.  And that being, Jesus always teaches His doctrine.  His doctrine is not a system of religious and/or  teachings contrived by a component counsel, but it is from start to finish, His doctrine.  We see this in Matthew 7:28; 22:33; Mark 1:22; 4:2; 11:18; 12:38 & Luke 4:32.    In John 7:16, Jesus referrers to His doctrine as "My doctrine."  In John 18:19, the religious bureaucratic  corporation, known as the religiosity of Israel, understands that Jesus' doctrine is His and His alone.  One of the numerous things which seems to infuriate the religious corporation of Israel, is that Jesus, from their point of view, is a free thinker and they cannot control Him.  And what they cannot control, becomes a threat to them.
 
The chosen topic of discussion for this paper is the Doctrine of Regeneration.  Or, a doctrine known by some as the doctrine of being born again, or, becoming a saved, born again Christian.  This is part one of this particular paper.
 
The phrase born again, is actually a definition.  The phrase born again is the definition to the word regeneration.
 
In John 3:1, we see four things which needs to be brought out.  One, there was a man.  Two, this man is a Pharisee.  Three, this man who is a Pharisee has a proper name and that name is Nicodemus.  Four, this man, who was a Pharisee, whose name is Nicodemus, is a ruler of the Jews. 
 
The question is, why is it so important to bring these things out with such detail?  Because, in the four Gospels, when ever you see the word certain, such as, there was a certain man, this means this is a true historical account and not a parable.  Also, when ever you see proper names such as Lazarus or Nicodemus, this means it is a true historical account and not a story or parable.  Therefore, the account of Jesus and Nicodemus in John chapter 3, is a true historical account which actually took place, and not a parable.
 
There is much debate about the historic validity of John 3:1-21, but I see such debate as a vicious satanic attack.  These verses are the very backbone of the Doctrine of Regeneration.  Without these verses, this doctrine loses the main body of it's evidentiary support. This is why, as per II Timothy 3:16, that our Heavenly Father put these verses in the Bible.  These verses are to be studied, understood and believed.  Not debated.  Which means, that the Nicodemus introduced in John 3:1, really did exist, and this conversation really did take place. 
 
Of the four Gospels, John is the Gospel of personal one-on-one interviews and conversations.  John has more personal one-on-one interviews and conversations than Matthew, Mark and Luke.  Nicodemus is one of those classic moments in Scriptures.
 
In John 3:1, Nicodemus is a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. He is first noticed as visiting Jesus by night here in this verse.  Nicodemus is visiting with Jesus  for the purpose of learning more of his doctrines, which our Lord then unfolded to him, giving prominence to the necessity of being "born again."  We next see Nicodemus meeting with the Sanhedrin in John 7:50-52.  Here Nicodemus is protesting against the course they were taking in plotting against Christ. Once more he is mentioned as taking part in the preparation for the anointing and burial of the body of Christ in John 19:39.  We hear nothing more of him. However, based on his actions after meeting one-on-one with Jesus, there can be little doubt that he became a true disciple of Jesus.
 
A quick note here.  In 2005, the Sanhedrin was reconvened for the purpose of training Levitical Priest to officiate in the new tabernacle which the Jews are planning to build very soon.  And, one more quick note, with the help of NASA satellites, the Jews have located the original foundation site of the temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
 
The Bible calls Nicodemus a ruler.  This means that in the religiosity of Israel, Nicodemus was in the extreme upper echelon of religious authoritative rule.  This tells us that Nicodemus was somewhat of an older man.  He has committed to memory the Torah.  This would be the Biblical Books of Genesis - Deuteronomy.  He has committed to memory all six hundred thirteen laws of the Mosaic Law.  And that he knew and understood all of the sacrifices of the law.  When it comes to religion and to the Jewish religion in particular, Nicodemus is what we would call a scholar and an intellectual.  At this level, most of the religiosity would seclude themselves from the public, feeling that they were too high and too good to sully themselves with public exposure to the common people.  Nicodemus belonged to the strictest sect of religiosity in all of Israel.  Also, Nicodemus would have been one of the more wealthier men of Jerusalem.
 
With Nicodemus, we see three levels of Messianic awareness:
1.  Nicodemus comes to Jesus in John 3:1
2.  Nicodemus testifies of Jesus in John 7:50-51
3.  Nicodemus serves Jesus in John 19:39
 
When we come to John 3:2, we see the intentions of Nicodemus.  Suffice it to say that Nicodemus' intentions were honorable and honest.  A question which arises is, why did Nicodemus come to see Jesus at night?
 
One of the first answers would be, he came at night so that no one would see him coming to visit this so called Messiah.  Second, Nicodemus was not sure at this time exactly how he felt about Jesus though he does know that whom ever Jesus is, He is from God.  But thirdly, coming to see Jesus as he did at night would be an act of respect and consideration on his part.  Knowing that Jesus' days were very busy, Nicodemus would want to see Him at a time when He might not be quite so busy, also making Jesus more able to spend quality time with him to answer his questions.
 
Nicodemus starts off by referring to Jesus as Rabbi. The English word Rabbi comes from the Greek word  rabbi/rhabbi.  The word Rabbi means master.  Rabbi is a title of dignity given by the Jews to their doctors of the law and their distinguished teachers. It is sometimes applied to Christ in Matthew 23:7-8; Mark 9:5; John 1:38-49; 3:2;3:26 & 6:25.  A Rabbi can be a master, lord or teacher.  It is a very high title of respect and honor among those who are Jewish teachers or doctors of law.  Therefore, for Nicodemus, this is showing Jesus a considerable amount of respect.
 
Now the hidden conspiracy starts.  Notice that Nicodemus says that we know that thou art a teacher come from God.  Which then brings up the question.  On the day of the crucifixion of Jesus, did the religiosity of Israel know that they were crucifying their own Messiah?  The answer is yes!  Yes, the religiosity of Israel, did know they were crucifying their own Messiah.  However, this conclusion can only be solidified by a preponderance of the evidence.
 
First, here in John 3:2, Nicodemus tells Jesus that the body of religiosity of Israel knows that, if nothing else, He is most definitely from the very God.  We see yet again in John 7:27, once again the religiosity knew that Jesus was from Heaven and from the Heavenly Father.
 
Secondly.  You see in John 3:1, that Nicodemus was one of the rulers.  In John 7:26, we see confirmation that the rulers of the religiosity knew who and what Jesus was.
 
Thirdly, in John 7:28, Jesus Christ, Himself, in the temple, raises His voice very loudly and declares that the religiosity of Israel does in fact, know who He is, what He is, and where He is from.
 
Then we see in John 7:47-50, the religiosity begins a literal witch hunt seeking out those within their own ranks who may have defected and became secret undercover believers or followers of this Jesus.
 
Therefore, the question would be, if the religiosity and the people of Israel knew that Jesus was truly the Messiah, then why did they in the final end turn on Jesus and have Him crucified?  First, as mentioned just a moment ago, in John 7:47-50, the religiosity had begun a witch hunt seeking out any defectors within their own ranks who may have become secret followers of Jesus.  Secondly, in John 12:42-43, we see the religiosity defectors kept quiet in order not to lose their prestigious positions within the temple and the community.  Then thirdly, in Luke 24:13-21, the people of Israel rejected Jesus as Messiah and Savior because, as per verse 21, Jesus did not deliver Israel from Roman domination and occupation.  Jesus did not instantly gratify Israel's wants and desires, therefore, Jesus suddenly became expendable. 
 
Jesus Himself may have given us insight as to why the Jewish defectors stayed silent about their defection from the religiosity to Jesus: Luke 20:45-47...Then in the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples, Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.  The religiosity was afraid that should they accept Jesus as their Messiah, that their religious and community positions of high prestige would be compromised.
 
Then we continue in John 3:2, and Nicodemus confides in Jesus what it was about Him that brought the religiosity defectors to the conclusion of His Messiahship.  That being His miracles.  John 6:1-2...After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.  And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
 
Matthew George Easton has this to say about miracles.  The English word miracle comes from the Greek word  shmeion/semeion.  In the Bible, a miracle is an event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating without the use of means capable of being discerned by the senses, and designed to authenticate the divine commission of a religious teacher and the truth of his message as per Matthew 12:38 & John 2:18.  It is an occurrence at once above nature and above man. It shows the intervention of a power that is not limited by the laws either of matter or of mind, a power interrupting the fixed laws which govern their movements, a supernatural power.
 
"The suspension or violation of the laws of nature involved in miracles is nothing more than is constantly taking place around us. One force counteracts another: vital force keeps the chemical laws of matter in abeyance; and muscular force can control the action of physical force. When a man raises a weight from the ground, the law of gravity is neither suspended nor violated, but counteracted by a stronger force. The same is true as to the walking of Christ on the water and the swimming of iron at the command of the prophet. The simple and grand truth that the universe is not under the exclusive control of physical forces, but that everywhere and always there is above, separate from and superior to all else, an infinite personal will, not superseding, but directing and controlling all physical causes, acting with or without them." God ordinarily effects his purpose through the agency of second causes; but he has the power also of effecting his purpose immediately and without the intervention of second causes, i.e., of invading the fixed order, and thus of working miracles. Thus we affirm the possibility of miracles, the possibility of a higher hand intervening to control or reverse nature's ordinary movements.
In the New Testament these four Greek words are principally used to designate miracles:

(1.) Semeion, a "sign", i.e., an evidence of a divine commission; an attestation of a divine message as per Matthew 12:38-39; 16:1-4; Mark 8:11; Luke 11:16; 23:8; John 2:11-23 & Acts 6:8.  In the verses a miracle is a token of the presence and working of God; the seal of a higher power.
(2.) Terata, "wonders;" wonder-causing events; portents; producing astonishment in the beholder as per Acts 2:19.
(3.) Dunameis, "might works;" works of superhuman power as per Acts 2:22; Romans 15:19 & II Thessalonians 2:9.  Here miracles has to do with  a new and higher power.
(4.) Erga, "works;" the works of Him who is "wonderful in working" as seen in John 5:20 & 36.
Miracles are seals of a divine mission. The sacred writers appealed to them as proofs that they were messengers of God. Our Lord also appealed to miracles as a conclusive proof of his divine mission as per John 5:20; 36; 10:25 & 38.  Thus, being out of the common course of nature and beyond the power of man, they are fitted to convey the impression of the presence and power of God. Where miracles are there certainly God Isaiah The man, therefore, who works a miracle affords thereby clear proof that he comes with the authority of God; they are his credentials that he is God's messenger. The teacher points to these credentials, and they are a proof that he speaks with the authority of God. He boldly says, "God bears me witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles."
 
The credibility of miracles is established by the evidence of the senses on the part of those who are witnesses of them, and to all others by the testimony of such witnesses. The witnesses were competent, and their testimony is trustworthy. Unbelievers, following Hume, deny that any testimony can prove a miracle, because they say miracles are impossible. We have shown that miracles are possible, and surely they can be borne witness to. Surely they are credible when we have abundant and trustworthy evidence of their occurrence. They are credible just as any facts of history well authenticated are credible. Miracles, it is said, are contrary to experience. Of course they are contrary to our experience, but that does not prove that they were contrary to the experience of those who witnessed them. We believe a thousand facts, both of history and of science, that are contrary to our experience, but we believe them on the ground of competent testimony. An atheist or a pantheist must, as a matter of course, deny the possibility of miracles; but to one who believes in a personal God, who in his wisdom may see fit to interfere with the ordinary processes of nature, miracles are not impossible, nor are they incredible.
Therefore a miracle is a wonder or wonderful thing.  Specifically, an event or effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event, or one transcending the ordinary laws by which the universe is governed.
 
IN SHORT, A MIRACLE IS JESUS APPLYING
HIS SUPER TO OUR NATURAL!
 
In conclusion, it was the miracles of Jesus which made the religiosity of Israel come to the confirmed realization that this same Jesus was in fact, the promised Messiah.  This is why that in John chapter 5, the Pool of Bethesda, and John chapter 9, the Healing of the Blind Man, the religiosity was so determined to get to the bottom of this in an effort to discredit Jesus, the miracles, and the ones who had received the miracles. 
 
The corporate religious bureaucrats of Israel was so determined to discredit the miracles of Jesus, that after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11, the Jews not only wanted to murder Jesus in John 11:47-57, but in John 12:10, the religiosity also plots to murder Lazarus.
 
This then brings us to John 3:3 in our discussion.  I want you to notice that Jesus jumps right into the conversation at hand.  He does not lead up to the discussion as he did, for example, with the woman at the well in John chapter 4.  With Nicodemus Jesus just jumps right in.  The reason for this, is because Nicodemus, being the consummate religionist that he was, should have known better than to think that being zealously religious was going to get him into Heaven.
 
Matthew 18:3...And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
 
The English word see, as used in John 3:3, comes from the Greek word eidw/eido.  It means to understand or to be aware.  What Jesus is saying, is that without the new birth, a person will never understand Heaven, be aware of Heaven or even comprehend what Heaven is.  We see this in the statement made by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 2:14...But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
 
AN UNREGENERATED PERSON IS A TRAIN WRECK WAITING TO HAPPEN...AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHY!
 
Which means that people who are not regenerated cannot understand spiritual matters.  To them living for the person of Jesus Christ is rather foolish.  Any person who is not regenerated is not interested in the Bible, prayer or anything having to do with spiritual matters.  A natural man, or woman, as per the Apostle Paul, who is not regenerated,  cannot see, comprehend or understand the importance of knowing Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  They just don't get it and they just don't care.
 
Then in John 3:5, we go from seeing the Kingdom of God to entering the Kingdom of God.  The English word enter comes from the Greek word eisercomai/eiserchomai. This has to do with entering a structure, a door or a gate.  Making an actual entrance.  What Jesus is telling Nicodemus the religionist, is that unless a person is born again, they will never have life eternal in Heaven.  This would be totally foreign to a grand religionist such as Nicodemus.  After all of his acts and piety and religion for all of these past decades, now to find out that as far as Heaven goes, all of his grandiose religion has been a worthless waste of time, effort and expense.
 
Now I want to look at the phrase born again.  The English phrase born again comes from the Greek phrase gennaw/gennao  anwqen/anothen.  It does literally mean being reborn.  Except this time, instead of being born by natural parents here on the earth as we would understand being born, the person in question is reborn again, or, this time born by the Heavenly Father from above.  This time, instead of being born by the power of the flesh here on the earth, the repentant is now born by the power of the Heavenly Father in Heaven.
 
According to these following verses, should a person truly be born again, their life will change abruptly: 
 
I Peter 1:23...Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
 
I John 2:29...If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
 
I John 3:9...Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
 
I John 4:7...Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
 
I John 5:1...Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
 
I John 5:4...For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
 
I John 5:18...We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not
 
Also, as per II Peter 1:4, at the moment of salvation, the nature of the devil is taken out of the believer, and is replace with the nature of our Heavenly Father.  II Peter 1:4...Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
 
Actually the phrase born again is the definition.  The word in question is the word regeneration.  The English word regeneration comes from the Greek word paliggenesia/paliggenesia.  It comes from two Greek words.  First, the Greek word palin with gives us the English word anew, once more or again.   Then secondly, the other Greek word is genesis.   This Greek word means rebirth, spiritual renovation, Messianic restoration or regeneration.  From this we get the Greek word paliggenesia/paliggenesia which gives us the English word regeneration.
 
The English word regeneration/paliggenesia/paliggenesia is found in Matthew 19:28 & Titus 3:5. This word literally means a "new birth." The Greek word paliggenesia/paliggenesia,  is used by classical writers with reference to the changes produced by the return of spring. In Matthew 19:28, the word is equivalent to the "restitution of all things."  Please note here Acts 3:21. In Titus 3:5, it denotes that change of heart elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life a per I John 3:14. Regeneration has to do with  becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus as per II Corinthians 5:17. As per John 3:3 & 5, a person can only be born again by regeneration. Regeneration also brings about a renewal of the mind as per Romans 12:2.  Regeneration also brings the new convert from death unto life as per Ephesians 2:1-6. This change is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. It originates not with man but with God.  Please note here I John 1:12-13; 2:29 & 5:1-4. 

As to the nature of the change, it consists in the implanting of a new principle or disposition in the soul; the impartation of spiritual life to those who are by nature "dead in trespasses and sins." The necessity of such a change is emphatically affirmed in Scripture in John 3:3; Romans 7:18; 8:7-9; I Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1 & 4:21-24. Regeneration is the entering into a new spiritual life; the act of becoming, or of being made a born again Christian.  Regeneration is that change by which the new convert seeks a separated life of holiness only unto our Heavenly Father.
 
The question is, why does man need to be regenerated or born again?  The problem is sin. "Our first parents being the root of all mankind, the guilt of their sin was imputed, and the same death in sin and corrupted nature were conveyed to all their posterity, descending from them by ordinary generation." Adam was constituted by God the federal head and representative of all his posterity, as he was also their natural head, and therefore when he fell they fell with him as per Romans 5:12-21 & I Corinthians 15:22-45.  His probation was their probation, and his fall their fall. Because of Adam's first sin all his posterity came into the world in a state of sin and condemnation.  And that condemnation be moral corruption and the guilt of having judicially imputed to them the guilt of Adam's first sin.

Sin is frequently and properly used to denote only the moral corruption of their whole nature inherited by all men from Adam. This inherited moral corruption consists in the loss of original righteousness and  the presence of a constant proneness to evil which is the root and origin of all actual sin. It is called "sin" in Romans 6:12-17 & 7:5-17.  It's called  the "flesh" in Galatians 5:17-24.  It' called "lust" in James 1:14-15.  It called the "body of sin" in Romans 6:6. It is also called "ignorance," "blindness of heart" & "alienation from the life of God" in Ephesians 4:18-19. It influences and depraves the whole man.  Its tendency is still downward to deeper corruption.  There remaining no recuperative element in the soul. It is a total depravity, and it is also universally inherited by all the natural descendants of Adam as per Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21 & 8:7.  Man's downfall is sin.  And the one and only remedy for sin is the regenerating blood of Jesus Christ.
 
Matthew 19:28...And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Titus 3:5...Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
 
Ephesians 2:1-10 is the best definition of regeneration and what it means to be born again that one could ever find:

Ephesians 2:1-10
[1]And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
[3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
[5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
[6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
[7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
 
John 3:4 is a very sad verse indeed.  Here is Nicodemus, at the pinnacle of religious success.  He is one of the most, if not the most, respected religious leader of his day.  He would be considered a scholar and an intellectual in the Jews religion.  Yet, when it comes to going to Heaven, he has not a clue what Jesus is saying to him.  He has not a clue, that after a lifetime of pursuing religion with a passion, that in John 3:3 & 5, Jesus is telling him, that if he were to die right then and there, he would spend eternity in Hell.
 
Nicodemus is attempting to understand a deep spiritual matter by applying the principles of the flesh.  What he is now about to learn, is that such mental deductions never do work.

I Corinthians 3:19...For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
 
Here I have a theory.  A hypothesis or thought if you will.  Notice that Nicodemus, when responding to Jesus informing him of his need of being born again, only refers to his mother and not his father nor both his father and mother.  Just his mother.  If Nicodemus believes that Jesus is the Messiah then he would know, that according to Isaiah 7:14, Jesus was to be born of a virgin. 
 
At this time, Mary, the mother of Jesus, is still alive and very much so around.  Is it possible, that in his own way, in John 3:4, Nicodemus is attempting to tell Jesus that he cannot be born of a virgin like Jesus was?  Again, it's just a theory.  It's just a hypothesis.  It's just a thought experiment.  What we do know for sure, is that Jesus is presenting to Nicodemus, spiritual truths for which his religionist past has no answers.  We will continue this discussion in Part 2 of this paper.
 
Next time, in Part 2 of this paper, we will look at John 3:5-8.
 
On a daily average, approximately ten Churches in the USA close their doors daily to never open again.  Here are some possible reasons as to why:
1.  The average Church member has developed their own system of theology which is a very curious mixture of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Scientology,
Unitarianism and Christian Science.  And then wrap all of their various beliefs into the New Age Movement.  This is the theology of today's average Church member.
2.  One third of today's Church members do not believe in any moral absolutes.
3.  Today's average Church member expects the Pastor to hold his sermon to no more than twenty minuets. 
4.  Today's average Church member is Biblically illiterate.
5.  Today's average Church member feels that only about 60% of the Bible is correct.
6.  In today's Churches, only 60% feel that Satan is a really true existence.  For the most part, Satan is only a symbol of evil.
7.  In today's Churches, 50% say that being a basically good person is good enough to get a person to Heaven.
8.  Today, 44% of Church members say that Jesus was only a human, and that He did sin.
9.  Today, only one third of Church members feel that the Bible is the plenary, verbally inspired Word of God as stated in I Timothy 3:16.
10.  Today, 62% of Church members believe that each person has the right to devise and develop their own system of theology and Biblical belief.
11. Approximately 57% Church members of today, feels that there are numerous ways to Heaven other than the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
 
This puts me in mind of what Paul wrote to Timothy in II Timothy 4:1-5.. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Psalms 122:6...Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
 
R O A N O K E , V I R G I N I A
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Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:11:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: THE DOCTRINE OF REGENERATION PART 1   JOHN 3:1-21
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THE DOCTRINE OF REGENERATION
J O H N    3 : 1 - 2 1
PART 1:  VERSES  1 - 4
Carl  Whorley,  Lewistown,  Montana

John Chapter 3
[1] There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
[2] The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, 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.
[3] Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
[4] Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
[5] Jesus answered, 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.
[6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
[7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
[8] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
[9] Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
[10] Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
[11] Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
[12] If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
[13] And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
[14] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
[15] That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
[16] 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.
[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
[18] 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.[19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
[20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
[21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
[1]  hn de anqrwpoV ek twn farisaiwn nikodhmoV onoma autw arcwn twn ioudaiwn
[2]  outoV hlqen proV auton nuktoV kai eipen autw rabbi oidamen oti apo qeou elhluqaV didaskaloV oudeiV gar tauta ta shmeia dunatai poiein a su poieiV ean mh h o qeoV met autou
[3] apekriqh o ihsouV kai eipen autw amhn amhn legw soi ean mh tiV gennhqh anwqen ou dunatai idein thn basileian tou qeou
[4] legei proV auton o nikodhmoV pwV dunatai anqrwpoV gennhqhnai gerwn wn mh dunatai eiV thn koilian thV mhtroV autou deuteron eiselqein kai gennhqhnai
 
JOHN 3:1-4
 
In the teachings of Jesus, there is a constant which He always observes.  And that being, Jesus always teaches His doctrine.  His doctrine is not a system of religious and/or  teachings contrived by a component counsel, but it is from start to finish, His doctrine.  We see this in Matthew 7:28; 22:33; Mark 1:22; 4:2; 11:18; 12:38 & Luke 4:32.    In John 7:16, Jesus referrers to His doctrine as "My doctrine."  In John 18:19, the religious bureaucratic  corporation, known as the religiosity of Israel, understands that Jesus' doctrine is His and His alone.  One of the numerous things which seems to infuriate the religious corporation of Israel, is that Jesus, from their point of view, is a free thinker and they cannot control Him.  And what they cannot control, becomes a threat to them.
 
The chosen topic of discussion for this paper is the Doctrine of Regeneration.  Or, a doctrine known by some as the doctrine of being born again, or, becoming a saved, born again Christian.  This is part one of this particular paper.
 
The phrase born again, is actually a definition.  The phrase born again is the definition to the word regeneration.
 
In John 3:1, we see four things which needs to be brought out.  One, there was a man.  Two, this man is a Pharisee.  Three, this man who is a Pharisee has a proper name and that name is Nicodemus.  Four, this man, who was a Pharisee, whose name is Nicodemus, is a ruler of the Jews. 
 
The question is, why is it so important to bring these things out with such detail?  Because, in the four Gospels, when ever you see the word certain, such as, there was a certain man, this means this is a true historical account and not a parable.  Also, when ever you see proper names such as Lazarus or Nicodemus, this means it is a true historical account and not a story or parable.  Therefore, the account of Jesus and Nicodemus in John chapter 3, is a true historical account which actually took place, and not a parable.
 
There is much debate about the historic validity of John 3:1-21, but I see such debate as a vicious satanic attack.  These verses are the very backbone of the Doctrine of Regeneration.  Without these verses, this doctrine loses the main body of it's evidentiary support. This is why, as per II Timothy 3:16, that our Heavenly Father put these verses in the Bible.  These verses are to be studied, understood and believed.  Not debated.  Which means, that the Nicodemus introduced in John 3:1, really did exist, and this conversation really did take place. 
 
Of the four Gospels, John is the Gospel of personal one-on-one interviews and conversations.  John has more personal one-on-one interviews and conversations than Matthew, Mark and Luke.  Nicodemus is one of those classic moments in Scriptures.
 
In John 3:1, Nicodemus is a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. He is first noticed as visiting Jesus by night here in this verse.  Nicodemus is visiting with Jesus  for the purpose of learning more of his doctrines, which our Lord then unfolded to him, giving prominence to the necessity of being "born again."  We next see Nicodemus meeting with the Sanhedrin in John 7:50-52.  Here Nicodemus is protesting against the course they were taking in plotting against Christ. Once more he is mentioned as taking part in the preparation for the anointing and burial of the body of Christ in John 19:39.  We hear nothing more of him. However, based on his actions after meeting one-on-one with Jesus, there can be little doubt that he became a true disciple of Jesus.
 
A quick note here.  In 2005, the Sanhedrin was reconvened for the purpose of training Levitical Priest to officiate in the new tabernacle which the Jews are planning to build very soon.  And, one more quick note, with the help of NASA satellites, the Jews have located the original foundation site of the temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
 
The Bible calls Nicodemus a ruler.  This means that in the religiosity of Israel, Nicodemus was in the extreme upper echelon of religious authoritative rule.  This tells us that Nicodemus was somewhat of an older man.  He has committed to memory the Torah.  This would be the Biblical Books of Genesis - Deuteronomy.  He has committed to memory all six hundred thirteen laws of the Mosaic Law.  And that he knew and understood all of the sacrifices of the law.  When it comes to religion and to the Jewish religion in particular, Nicodemus is what we would call a scholar and an intellectual.  At this level, most of the religiosity would seclude themselves from the public, feeling that they were too high and too good to sully themselves with public exposure to the common people.  Nicodemus belonged to the strictest sect of religiosity in all of Israel.  Also, Nicodemus would have been one of the more wealthier men of Jerusalem.
 
With Nicodemus, we see three levels of Messianic awareness:
1.  Nicodemus comes to Jesus in John 3:1
2.  Nicodemus testifies of Jesus in John 7:50-51
3.  Nicodemus serves Jesus in John 19:39
 
When we come to John 3:2, we see the intentions of Nicodemus.  Suffice it to say that Nicodemus' intentions were honorable and honest.  A question which arises is, why did Nicodemus come to see Jesus at night?
 
One of the first answers would be, he came at night so that no one would see him coming to visit this so called Messiah.  Second, Nicodemus was not sure at this time exactly how he felt about Jesus though he does know that whom ever Jesus is, He is from God.  But thirdly, coming to see Jesus as he did at night would be an act of respect and consideration on his part.  Knowing that Jesus' days were very busy, Nicodemus would want to see Him at a time when He might not be quite so busy, also making Jesus more able to spend quality time with him to answer his questions.
 
Nicodemus starts off by referring to Jesus as Rabbi. The English word Rabbi comes from the Greek word  rabbi/rhabbi.  The word Rabbi means master.  Rabbi is a title of dignity given by the Jews to their doctors of the law and their distinguished teachers. It is sometimes applied to Christ in Matthew 23:7-8; Mark 9:5; John 1:38-49; 3:2;3:26 & 6:25.  A Rabbi can be a master, lord or teacher.  It is a very high title of respect and honor among those who are Jewish teachers or doctors of law.  Therefore, for Nicodemus, this is showing Jesus a considerable amount of respect.
 
Now the hidden conspiracy starts.  Notice that Nicodemus says that we know that thou art a teacher come from God.  Which then brings up the question.  On the day of the crucifixion of Jesus, did the religiosity of Israel know that they were crucifying their own Messiah?  The answer is yes!  Yes, the religiosity of Israel, did know they were crucifying their own Messiah.  However, this conclusion can only be solidified by a preponderance of the evidence.
 
First, here in John 3:2, Nicodemus tells Jesus that the body of religiosity of Israel knows that, if nothing else, He is most definitely from the very God.  We see yet again in John 7:27, once again the religiosity knew that Jesus was from Heaven and from the Heavenly Father.
 
Secondly.  You see in John 3:1, that Nicodemus was one of the rulers.  In John 7:26, we see confirmation that the rulers of the religiosity knew who and what Jesus was.
 
Thirdly, in John 7:28, Jesus Christ, Himself, in the temple, raises His voice very loudly and declares that the religiosity of Israel does in fact, know who He is, what He is, and where He is from.
 
Then we see in John 7:47-50, the religiosity begins a literal witch hunt seeking out those within their own ranks who may have defected and became secret undercover believers or followers of this Jesus.
 
Therefore, the question would be, if the religiosity and the people of Israel knew that Jesus was truly the Messiah, then why did they in the final end turn on Jesus and have Him crucified?  First, as mentioned just a moment ago, in John 7:47-50, the religiosity had begun a witch hunt seeking out any defectors within their own ranks who may have become secret followers of Jesus.  Secondly, in John 12:42-43, we see the religiosity defectors kept quiet in order not to lose their prestigious positions within the temple and the community.  Then thirdly, in Luke 24:13-21, the people of Israel rejected Jesus as Messiah and Savior because, as per verse 21, Jesus did not deliver Israel from Roman domination and occupation.  Jesus did not instantly gratify Israel's wants and desires, therefore, Jesus suddenly became expendable. 
 
Jesus Himself may have given us insight as to why the Jewish defectors stayed silent about their defection from the religiosity to Jesus: Luke 20:45-47...Then in the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples, Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.  The religiosity was afraid that should they accept Jesus as their Messiah, that their religious and community positions of high prestige would be compromised.
 
Then we continue in John 3:2, and Nicodemus confides in Jesus what it was about Him that brought the religiosity defectors to the conclusion of His Messiahship.  That being His miracles.  John 6:1-2...After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.  And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
 
Matthew George Easton has this to say about miracles.  The English word miracle comes from the Greek word  shmeion/semeion.  In the Bible, a miracle is an event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating without the use of means capable of being discerned by the senses, and designed to authenticate the divine commission of a religious teacher and the truth of his message as per Matthew 12:38 & John 2:18.  It is an occurrence at once above nature and above man. It shows the intervention of a power that is not limited by the laws either of matter or of mind, a power interrupting the fixed laws which govern their movements, a supernatural power.
 
"The suspension or violation of the laws of nature involved in miracles is nothing more than is constantly taking place around us. One force counteracts another: vital force keeps the chemical laws of matter in abeyance; and muscular force can control the action of physical force. When a man raises a weight from the ground, the law of gravity is neither suspended nor violated, but counteracted by a stronger force. The same is true as to the walking of Christ on the water and the swimming of iron at the command of the prophet. The simple and grand truth that the universe is not under the exclusive control of physical forces, but that everywhere and always there is above, separate from and superior to all else, an infinite personal will, not superseding, but directing and controlling all physical causes, acting with or without them." God ordinarily effects his purpose through the agency of second causes; but he has the power also of effecting his purpose immediately and without the intervention of second causes, i.e., of invading the fixed order, and thus of working miracles. Thus we affirm the possibility of miracles, the possibility of a higher hand intervening to control or reverse nature's ordinary movements.
In the New Testament these four Greek words are principally used to designate miracles:

(1.) Semeion, a "sign", i.e., an evidence of a divine commission; an attestation of a divine message as per Matthew 12:38-39; 16:1-4; Mark 8:11; Luke 11:16; 23:8; John 2:11-23 & Acts 6:8.  In the verses a miracle is a token of the presence and working of God; the seal of a higher power.
(2.) Terata, "wonders;" wonder-causing events; portents; producing astonishment in the beholder as per Acts 2:19.
(3.) Dunameis, "might works;" works of superhuman power as per Acts 2:22; Romans 15:19 & II Thessalonians 2:9.  Here miracles has to do with  a new and higher power.
(4.) Erga, "works;" the works of Him who is "wonderful in working" as seen in John 5:20 & 36.
Miracles are seals of a divine mission. The sacred writers appealed to them as proofs that they were messengers of God. Our Lord also appealed to miracles as a conclusive proof of his divine mission as per John 5:20; 36; 10:25 & 38.  Thus, being out of the common course of nature and beyond the power of man, they are fitted to convey the impression of the presence and power of God. Where miracles are there certainly God Isaiah The man, therefore, who works a miracle affords thereby clear proof that he comes with the authority of God; they are his credentials that he is God's messenger. The teacher points to these credentials, and they are a proof that he speaks with the authority of God. He boldly says, "God bears me witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles."
 
The credibility of miracles is established by the evidence of the senses on the part of those who are witnesses of them, and to all others by the testimony of such witnesses. The witnesses were competent, and their testimony is trustworthy. Unbelievers, following Hume, deny that any testimony can prove a miracle, because they say miracles are impossible. We have shown that miracles are possible, and surely they can be borne witness to. Surely they are credible when we have abundant and trustworthy evidence of their occurrence. They are credible just as any facts of history well authenticated are credible. Miracles, it is said, are contrary to experience. Of course they are contrary to our experience, but that does not prove that they were contrary to the experience of those who witnessed them. We believe a thousand facts, both of history and of science, that are contrary to our experience, but we believe them on the ground of competent testimony. An atheist or a pantheist must, as a matter of course, deny the possibility of miracles; but to one who believes in a personal God, who in his wisdom may see fit to interfere with the ordinary processes of nature, miracles are not impossible, nor are they incredible.
Therefore a miracle is a wonder or wonderful thing.  Specifically, an event or effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event, or one transcending the ordinary laws by which the universe is governed.
 
IN SHORT, A MIRACLE IS JESUS APPLYING
HIS SUPER TO OUR NATURAL!
 
In conclusion, it was the miracles of Jesus which made the religiosity of Israel come to the confirmed realization that this same Jesus was in fact, the promised Messiah.  This is why that in John chapter 5, the Pool of Bethesda, and John chapter 9, the Healing of the Blind Man, the religiosity was so determined to get to the bottom of this in an effort to discredit Jesus, the miracles, and the ones who had received the miracles. 
 
The corporate religious bureaucrats of Israel was so determined to discredit the miracles of Jesus, that after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11, the Jews not only wanted to murder Jesus in John 11:47-57, but in John 12:10, the religiosity also plots to murder Lazarus.
 
This then brings us to John 3:3 in our discussion.  I want you to notice that Jesus jumps right into the conversation at hand.  He does not lead up to the discussion as he did, for example, with the woman at the well in John chapter 4.  With Nicodemus Jesus just jumps right in.  The reason for this, is because Nicodemus, being the consummate religionist that he was, should have known better than to think that being zealously religious was going to get him into Heaven.
 
Matthew 18:3...And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
 
The English word see, as used in John 3:3, comes from the Greek word eidw/eido.  It means to understand or to be aware.  What Jesus is saying, is that without the new birth, a person will never understand Heaven, be aware of Heaven or even comprehend what Heaven is.  We see this in the statement made by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 2:14...But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
 
AN UNREGENERATED PERSON IS A TRAIN WRECK WAITING TO HAPPEN...AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHY!
 
Which means that people who are not regenerated cannot understand spiritual matters.  To them living for the person of Jesus Christ is rather foolish.  Any person who is not regenerated is not interested in the Bible, prayer or anything having to do with spiritual matters.  A natural man, or woman, as per the Apostle Paul, who is not regenerated,  cannot see, comprehend or understand the importance of knowing Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  They just don't get it and they just don't care.
 
Then in John 3:5, we go from seeing the Kingdom of God to entering the Kingdom of God.  The English word enter comes from the Greek word eisercomai/eiserchomai. This has to do with entering a structure, a door or a gate.  Making an actual entrance.  What Jesus is telling Nicodemus the religionist, is that unless a person is born again, they will never have life eternal in Heaven.  This would be totally foreign to a grand religionist such as Nicodemus.  After all of his acts and piety and religion for all of these past decades, now to find out that as far as Heaven goes, all of his grandiose religion has been a worthless waste of time, effort and expense.
 
Now I want to look at the phrase born again.  The English phrase born again comes from the Greek phrase gennaw/gennao  anwqen/anothen.  It does literally mean being reborn.  Except this time, instead of being born by natural parents here on the earth as we would understand being born, the person in question is reborn again, or, this time born by the Heavenly Father from above.  This time, instead of being born by the power of the flesh here on the earth, the repentant is now born by the power of the Heavenly Father in Heaven.
 
According to these following verses, should a person truly be born again, their life will change abruptly: 
 
I Peter 1:23...Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
 
I John 2:29...If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
 
I John 3:9...Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
 
I John 4:7...Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
 
I John 5:1...Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
 
I John 5:4...For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
 
I John 5:18...We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not
 
Also, as per II Peter 1:4, at the moment of salvation, the nature of the devil is taken out of the believer, and is replace with the nature of our Heavenly Father.  II Peter 1:4...Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
 
Actually the phrase born again is the definition.  The word in question is the word regeneration.  The English word regeneration comes from the Greek word paliggenesia/paliggenesia.  It comes from two Greek words.  First, the Greek word palin with gives us the English word anew, once more or again.   Then secondly, the other Greek word is genesis.   This Greek word means rebirth, spiritual renovation, Messianic restoration or regeneration.  From this we get the Greek word paliggenesia/paliggenesia which gives us the English word regeneration.
 
The English word regeneration/paliggenesia/paliggenesia is found in Matthew 19:28 & Titus 3:5. This word literally means a "new birth." The Greek word paliggenesia/paliggenesia,  is used by classical writers with reference to the changes produced by the return of spring. In Matthew 19:28, the word is equivalent to the "restitution of all things."  Please note here Acts 3:21. In Titus 3:5, it denotes that change of heart elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life a per I John 3:14. Regeneration has to do with  becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus as per II Corinthians 5:17. As per John 3:3 & 5, a person can only be born again by regeneration. Regeneration also brings about a renewal of the mind as per Romans 12:2.  Regeneration also brings the new convert from death unto life as per Ephesians 2:1-6. This change is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. It originates not with man but with God.  Please note here I John 1:12-13; 2:29 & 5:1-4. 

As to the nature of the change, it consists in the implanting of a new principle or disposition in the soul; the impartation of spiritual life to those who are by nature "dead in trespasses and sins." The necessity of such a change is emphatically affirmed in Scripture in John 3:3; Romans 7:18; 8:7-9; I Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1 & 4:21-24. Regeneration is the entering into a new spiritual life; the act of becoming, or of being made a born again Christian.  Regeneration is that change by which the new convert seeks a separated life of holiness only unto our Heavenly Father.
 
The question is, why does man need to be regenerated or born again?  The problem is sin. "Our first parents being the root of all mankind, the guilt of their sin was imputed, and the same death in sin and corrupted nature were conveyed to all their posterity, descending from them by ordinary generation." Adam was constituted by God the federal head and representative of all his posterity, as he was also their natural head, and therefore when he fell they fell with him as per Romans 5:12-21 & I Corinthians 15:22-45.  His probation was their probation, and his fall their fall. Because of Adam's first sin all his posterity came into the world in a state of sin and condemnation.  And that condemnation be moral corruption and the guilt of having judicially imputed to them the guilt of Adam's first sin.

Sin is frequently and properly used to denote only the moral corruption of their whole nature inherited by all men from Adam. This inherited moral corruption consists in the loss of original righteousness and  the presence of a constant proneness to evil which is the root and origin of all actual sin. It is called "sin" in Romans 6:12-17 & 7:5-17.  It's called  the "flesh" in Galatians 5:17-24.  It' called "lust" in James 1:14-15.  It called the "body of sin" in Romans 6:6. It is also called "ignorance," "blindness of heart" & "alienation from the life of God" in Ephesians 4:18-19. It influences and depraves the whole man.  Its tendency is still downward to deeper corruption.  There remaining no recuperative element in the soul. It is a total depravity, and it is also universally inherited by all the natural descendants of Adam as per Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21 & 8:7.  Man's downfall is sin.  And the one and only remedy for sin is the regenerating blood of Jesus Christ.
 
Matthew 19:28...And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Titus 3:5...Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
 
Ephesians 2:1-10 is the best definition of regeneration and what it means to be born again that one could ever find:

Ephesians 2:1-10
[1]And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
[3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
[5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
[6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
[7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
 
John 3:4 is a very sad verse indeed.  Here is Nicodemus, at the pinnacle of religious success.  He is one of the most, if not the most, respected religious leader of his day.  He would be considered a scholar and an intellectual in the Jews religion.  Yet, when it comes to going to Heaven, he has not a clue what Jesus is saying to him.  He has not a clue, that after a lifetime of pursuing religion with a passion, that in John 3:3 & 5, Jesus is telling him, that if he were to die right then and there, he would spend eternity in Hell.
 
Nicodemus is attempting to understand a deep spiritual matter by applying the principles of the flesh.  What he is now about to learn, is that such mental deductions never do work.

I Corinthians 3:19...For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
 
Here I have a theory.  A hypothesis or thought if you will.  Notice that Nicodemus, when responding to Jesus informing him of his need of being born again, only refers to his mother and not his father nor both his father and mother.  Just his mother.  If Nicodemus believes that Jesus is the Messiah then he would know, that according to Isaiah 7:14, Jesus was to be born of a virgin. 
 
At this time, Mary, the mother of Jesus, is still alive and very much so around.  Is it possible, that in his own way, in John 3:4, Nicodemus is attempting to tell Jesus that he cannot be born of a virgin like Jesus was?  Again, it's just a theory.  It's just a hypothesis.  It's just a thought experiment.  What we do know for sure, is that Jesus is presenting to Nicodemus, spiritual truths for which his religionist past has no answers.  We will continue this discussion in Part 2 of this paper.
 
Next time, in Part 2 of this paper, we will look at John 3:5-8.
 
On a daily average, approximately ten Churches in the USA close their doors daily to never open again.  Here are some possible reasons as to why:
1.  The average Church member has developed their own system of theology which is a very curious mixture of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Scientology,
Unitarianism and Christian Science.  And then wrap all of their various beliefs into the New Age Movement.  This is the theology of today's average Church member.
2.  One third of today's Church members do not believe in any moral absolutes.
3.  Today's average Church member expects the Pastor to hold his sermon to no more than twenty minuets. 
4.  Today's average Church member is Biblically illiterate.
5.  Today's average Church member feels that only about 60% of the Bible is correct.
6.  In today's Churches, only 60% feel that Satan is a really true existence.  For the most part, Satan is only a symbol of evil.
7.  In today's Churches, 50% say that being a basically good person is good enough to get a person to Heaven.
8.  Today, 44% of Church members say that Jesus was only a human, and that He did sin.
9.  Today, only one third of Church members feel that the Bible is the plenary, verbally inspired Word of God as stated in I Timothy 3:16.
10.  Today, 62% of Church members believe that each person has the right to devise and develop their own system of theology and Biblical belief.
11. Approximately 57% Church members of today, feels that there are numerous ways to Heaven other than the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
 
This puts me in mind of what Paul wrote to Timothy in II Timothy 4:1-5.. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Psalms 122:6...Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
 
 
God Bless You Very Much
 
Carl Whorley,
Lewistown, Montana