Friday, February 19, 2010

The Guy had a Problem--Do You?

What does NOT get you into God's Kingdom:

  • Impressing others with your spirituality Matthew 23:5-7
  • Devoting yourself to strict adherence to God’s law Romans 10:2
  • Helping others live by God’s rules 
  • Gaining great knowledge of spiritual truth John 5:39-40

What gets you into God's Kingdom:

  • Being Born A Second Time (v. 3-5) Job 34:14-15
    • Spirit in the Old Testament constantly refers to the distribution of life (Gen.2:7; Joel 2:28). God’s Spirit was a symbol of both physical and spiritual life. 
    • Water in the Old Testament habitually refers to renewal or cleansing (Num. 19:17). 
      • Therefore water and spirit in the context of John 3 come together to signify a cleansing from impurity, a transforming of the heart that enables people to be clean and have a desire to follow God. Ezekiel 36:25-27
  • Being Born the Second Time of the Spirit (v. 6). Jeremiah 13:23a
    • The flesh has a human nature; 
      • the Spirit has a spiritual nature. 
    • The flesh has an earthly father; 
      • the Spirit has a heavenly Father. 
    • The flesh has an appetite for food; 
      • the Spirit has an appetite for God. 
    • The flesh has an impulse to save its life; 
      • the Spirit has an impulse to lose its life for Christ. 
    • Those of the flesh are lost; 
      • those of the Spirit are saved. 
  • Being Born the Second Time By God (v. 7-8). John 1:12-13; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:4-5

For God so loved the world
that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish
but have eternal life.
John 3:16, NIV

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