Welcome, dear readers, to today's enlightening journey through the words of John 3 in the Holy Scriptures. As we delve into this profound passage, we invite you to join us in seeking a deeper understanding of the person of Christ and the nature of His kingdom. Together, we will explore the importance of being born again, the necessity of seeing and entering the kingdom, understanding our identity in Christ, and the unconditional love of God.
A Personal Encounter
Imagine, if you will, a meeting in the shadows between Jesus and Nicodemus, a prominent Pharisee. Nicodemus approaches Jesus, acknowledging that the works he has witnessed could only be performed by someone sent from God. Little did he know that Jesus would challenge his understanding by proclaiming, "Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
The Necessity of Being Born Again
Jesus' declaration leaves Nicodemus perplexed. He wonders if he must physically enter his mother's womb again. But Jesus clarifies that being born again is not a physical rebirth, but a spiritual one. It is through this transformation that one gains the ability to see the kingdom of God, which remains hidden to those who lack this spiritual rebirth.
Breaking Free from Preconceived Notions
Jesus' statement reminds us that our biggest obstacle in perceiving Him isn't the devil but rather our own preconceived ideas of who He is. Just like the Jews of that time who expected a conquering Messiah, we often create filters that limit our understanding of Jesus. The challenge is to ask the Lord to remove these blinders and reveal Himself in all His fullness, surpassing our limited perspectives.
Understanding the Unseen Kingdom
The kingdom of God is not merely a future destination in heaven. Instead, our true goal as believers is to grow and function in the kingdom here and now. As we are born again in the Spirit, Christ is formed within us, and we become vessels for His light, glory, and authority. Through our spiritual senses, we can see and hear in the unseen realm, preparing us for our future roles in the visible kingdom of God.
Seeing and Entering the Kingdom
Jesus emphasizes that seeing the kingdom precedes entering it. To function effectively in the kingdom, we must first comprehend its reality and essence. Our relationship with Christ determines our capacity to function and access His power and purpose in our lives. To truly enter the kingdom, we must surrender ourselves, seeking a revelation of Jesus beyond our limited knowledge.
The Unconditional Love of God
As we explore John 3, we encounter the beautiful truth that God's love for the world transcends all boundaries. He demonstrated His love by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus, to provide eternal life for all who believe in Him. This love is not limited to a select few; it is available to everyone who embraces Christ as their Savior and Lord.
In the book of Acts, chapter one, we find a pivotal moment as Jesus stands before His disciples, about to ascend. They have walked with Him, witnessed His miracles, and heard His teachings for 40 days after His resurrection. The disciples have one burning question: "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" Jesus' response provides profound insights into understanding and experiencing the unseen kingdom of God.
Seeing the Unseen Kingdom
To enter the kingdom, we must first see it. Jesus emphasizes the need to be "born again" of the Spirit, to have our spiritual eyes opened. The Holy Spirit shines the light of Christ upon our hearts, unveiling the kingdom's reality. However, seeing requires desire, hunger, and thirst, not just theological understanding. Our revelation of Christ determines our entrance into the kingdom.
Insight Precedes Entrance
Insight is essential for entering the kingdom. The Gospel proclaims truth on two frequencies: one heard with our physical ears and the other heard with our spiritual ears. Whatever we see, we can do, and whatever we hear, we become. Sight and hearing in the Spirit enable us to walk in the light of the kingdom, entering into its reality and function.
The Unpredictable Kingdom
The ways of God's kingdom cannot be measured by the world's standards. It is better caught than taught, meaning that indoctrination alone cannot reveal the kingdom's depths. We must be sensitive to the Spirit, catching the wind of His leading, and setting our sails accordingly. Trying to control the kingdom through fear and anxiety will lead to failure.
God's Love for All
The cross is a powerful symbol of God's love for the world, not just for believers. God loved us even when we were sinners. The kingdom is inclusive and open to all, and God's love extends to everyone. It's not limited to a select few; His grace and mercy are available to all who believe.
Our passage from John 3 reveals the transformative power of being born again and the importance of seeing and understanding the kingdom of God. Let us cast aside our preconceived notions, open our hearts to God's revelation, and allow Christ to be formed within us. As we grow in Him, we will come to comprehend the depth of His love and the abundant life He offers. May we embrace the truth that our ultimate goal is not merely to go to heaven, but to function effectively in the kingdom of God, shining as lights in a world in need of His love and grace.