Born of Water and Spirit

Scripture References: John 3:5 and John 13:5-8

Gods word clearly reveals that it's totally necessary for an individual to be "born again" in order to enter into the kingdom of God. So therefore if any person comes short of this birth and is not born again, then his destination is to be destroyed in the lake of fire, which is termed as being the second death. In the above scripture we find that a man named Nicodemus came to Jesus by night inquiring of him of things concerning God. Jesus got direct to the point and told him that he must born again to see and to enter into the kingdom of God. Nicodemus could not understand how he could do that thinking he would have to go back into his mother's womb to be born all over again, but Jesus was not referring to a physical birth, but rather to a spiritual birth. To be born again can only be done by being spiritually born again of God and certainly not reentering into a womb of a woman to be physically born again. We need to understand first of all that the spiritual birth is not performed on our body, which is our outer man, but rather it's our inner man, which is our spirit that must be reborn again. Jesus said it is the spirit that is born of the Spirit, but yet we need to understand the total man consisting of a body, a soul, and a spirit is involved in the process of the new birth. The body of flesh will still be a fleshly body, but it's the sin that infests the body that must be removed as the new birth is being performed. The new birth begins when the Spirit of Christ takes up his abode in the heart and when this happens the heart, which is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, as Jeremiah 17:9 reveals, is miraculously purified of all it's evils and wickedness. This purifying of the heart did not touch the sin of both the flesh and the spirit that yet must undergo a cleansing work, which will in a process of time cleanse all the sin they both contain as well.

The cleansing of sin from both the flesh and spirit is accomplished by what Paul tells us in Romans 12:1-2 that says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." To present both "our body and spirit" unto God holy and acceptable unto him is our reasonable service to do, as Paul clearly tells us here. Notice that Paul in these two verses of scripture does not reveal to us how we are to do this, but he reveals how we can do it in what he said to the church at Corinth. What Paul says in II Corinthians 7:1 is where we find the instructions telling us how to cleanse ourselves from all the filthiness of both our flesh and spirit. Keep in mind that without the Spirit of Christ abiding in our heart we cannot possibly do what Paul tells us to do there. Paul said these words in II Corinthians 7:1 saying, "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." The "promises"

that Paul refers to here are the many truths revealed throughout the teachings of the gospel of Christ. As we, being led of the Spirit, begin to believe and obey these many truths of Gods word, it is the cleansing power of these many truths that will spiritually begin to cleanse all the filthiness of sin from both our flesh and spirit that will in time perfect holiness in the fear of God. Paul tells us about this work, which is Gods way of bringing us to salvation. Paul reveals this work of God in II Thessalonians 2:13 that says, "But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth."

God chose us to salvation through and by sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, but reading the preceding verses in this chapter reveals that many will not receive the love of this truth in order to be saved, and for this very reason God will send them strong delusions to be damned. In II Thessalonians 2:10-12 we find Paul saying these words that says, "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." When exactly do these people fail to receive these truths that would save them as Paul says? It's at the very beginning when they take membership in some church they begin to attend. Is it not a fact that when a person decides to go to church that they do not know the truth of Gods word before they go there? They just take for granted that the church they go to is Gods church and that truth is being taught there, but they have nothing whatsoever to base that theory on, and whatever is taught there they accept and swallow it hook, line, and sinker.. This is why the wise preacher tells us in Proverbs 14:15 these words saying, "The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going."

Just how many people do you suppose there are that did not take for granted that what all is being taught in churches is the truth of Gods word? Very few I would say that was truly concerned enough to make sure what they were hearing was the truth of Gods word or not. When I first came to God seeking for forgiveness of sin and for salvation I did not take upon myself to join some church even though my wife was attending a church at the time. So I can say without hesitation and pride that what I learned from Gods word at the beginning was not taught to me by any man, but rather I stayed home and read Gods holy word for myself. I did not know why at the beginning, but it did not take me long to find out when I began to hear what was being preached in the average church in that day. The first church I went to was the one that my wife was attending and I went there just long enough to be asked (not politely) to leave and I did. It was a Pentecostal church called the "Pentecostal Full Gospel Mission" but found out it didn't have any spiritual gas at all in it's tank, but was trying to run on some fumes of the past. I went to other certain denominational churches as well and found out they were running on the fumes of the past as well. You check out where all their roots began and it will lead you somewhere in times past where it was started by certain individuals. Most people being simple minded in things concerning God and their eternal destination will believe anything as long as the name of Jesus is mentioned and connected to it, but a prudent person looks well to their going; they know their soul is at stake. Christianity today has evolved into nothing more or less than a multiplied millions of sinners calling themselves Christians. It's only a confession without a possession of Christ; sad but true. But did not Jesus say these words in Matthew 24:37 saying, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." How was it in the days of Noah? All one has to do is read Genesis chapter six and find out what conditions existed in Noah's day and you will find out it's about the same in our day and age.

The thing that stands out from all the conditions that existed in Noah's day is what it says in Genesis 6:12 saying, "And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.? Can you not see that mankind has once again corrupted his way upon the earth again? Listen to all the hundreds and hundreds of religious teachings throughout the world today, which certainly includes Christianity. How many ways are there that leads to life revealed in Gods word? Let Jesus answer this question in what he said in Matthew 7:14 that says, "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." But listen again to what he says in Matthew 7:13 the preceding verse that says, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat." All these broad and easy ways covers up sin teaching the people that sin is not the issue. They teach that as long as you believe in Jesus and accept him as your own personal Lord and Savior, then you are going to slide into heaven with ease. But one does not slide into heaven because the "way" that leads to life goes up the rough side of the mountain, but the "ways" that leads to destruction is slippery as oiled glass. Listen to what Jesus tells us in Luke 13:24 that says, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Why will many not be able to enter into life that seek to as Jesus said? Why, because they are not striving in accord with Gods holy word. Christians can be compared to what Jesus said about fish.. In Matthew 13:47-48 Jesus said these words saying, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away." I refer to a concerned true confessing Christian as a salmon fish, and the deceived unconcerned confessing Christian as any of all the other types of fish. A salmon fish will fight the current of the water to lay it's eggs upstream, but any other ordinary fish will float lazily down stream being carried about with no concern at all where they lay their eggs. An unconcerned person is a person that is referred to in Proverbs 14:15 as a simple person that will believe every word somebody may say, but a concerned person are the prudent people that looks well to their going and will not believe everything they hear especially of things concerning Gods word. Now look at all the hundreds of different doctrines that are being proclaimed in our day and age on things concerning Gods word. You would think that somebody would be aware of the fact that a lot of people are wrong in what they teach and believe. They may be, but is it not a fact that everybody seemingly is looking at everybody else thinking that person is wrong and not themselves? If everybody does this, which they seem to do, then things will remain at a stalemate and nobody does anything about it and continues to think and believe they are right and everybody else is wrong. This mess is called confusion that seemingly nobody knows what to do about it, other than just leave it alone for nature to take it's course and of course it will, but not for the better but for the worse.

Have you been born of the cleansing water of Gods word? Has it washed you clean from all sin making a new creature out of you? Only the truth of Gods word can do this.. When Jesus was washing the disciples feet as recorded in John 13:5-8 we find that Jesus came to Peter and Peter told Jesus that he would never wash his feet. But what did Jesus tell Peter when he told him he would never wash his feet? Listen to what Jesus told Peter as stated in John 13:8 that says, "Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me." Do you know what Jesus meant when he told Peter that if he washed him not that he would have no part with him? Jesus did not tell Peter that if he did not wash his feet he would have no part with him. The washing of their feet was only an example that meant something else and Peter began to see the truth of it. What Jesus spiritually meant when he said, "if I wash thee not" he was not referring to washing his feet, but rather that was only an example of being washed from all sin body, soul, and spirit by the word of God. So Jesus was spiritually saying to Peter and all other disciples that if Gods word does not wash and cleanse them from all sin, then they have to part with Christ whatsoever. Did not Jesus say this same thing when he said these words in John 17:17 saying, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." We are sanctified and cleansed from sin by the cleansing power of the word of God, which is truth and was not Christ the truth of Gods word made flesh? If Gods word does not wash us from all sin, then we will have no part with him whatsoever. The washing of the feet of the disciples was only an example of a spiritual truth, but many wash one anothers feet with water thinking that's what it means to literally do. Christ is the word of God and if the word of God does not wash you clean from all inbred sin of both the flesh and spirit, then you are none of his. Listen to what Paul says about this as stated in Ephesians 5:26 saying, "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word." Christ washes each member of the church with the washing of the water of the word of God, but if you fail to allow the truth of Gods word to wash you, then you will die in your sins and be eternally lost. He that has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches...amen