I have been there, you have been there and as Christians we will continue to come across the Nicodemians of this world. I have a dear friend who is very well read, and they have constantly said things about the bible which sound good on the surface and that they understand the things written in the Word, but in reality, they lack the counsel of the Holy Spirit to understand the spiritual matters.
They will say things like …”The bible is 100% true insomuch that it tells us about mans view of God and the story of God which is one that we can learn from”. They fail to recognise or acknowledge that the Word of God is actually His Word to us, it’s not the other way around. In fact, Jesus is the very magnification of the Word and He does NOT contradict it, neither does the Holy Spirit who always points to our Lord and Saviour.
So, with that in mind, I will share the following that I wrote this morning…
We have to remember that there are people out there who use the same biblical terms as ‘born again’, yet what they mean is something akin to the occult version of being enlightened. These same people will say that the bible is 100% true because it tells us the story of God; they turn the bible into a myth that teaches us about mans view of God. These same people would deny that Christ is the ONLY one who can forgive and impart grace unto salvation. They relegate Jesus as being a great moral teacher only. Yet if he was just a great moral teacher and/or an enlightened being and not God incarnate (the only way to salvation), then he lied and condemns Himself, as do the all the writers of the New Testament. Lying is not very moral and is a sin according the very Word of God.
C S Lewis wrote: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” – Mere Christianity
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born anew.
Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Joh 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
Joh 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou the teacher of Israel, and understandest not these things?
Joh 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that which we know, and bear witness of that which we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
Joh 3:12 If I told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you heavenly things?
Joh 3:13 And no one hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended out of heaven, even the Son of man, who is in heaven.
Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up;
Joh 3:15 that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.
The simple fact is, if you have not been ‘born anew’ then you will not have the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit bringing into light spiritual matters, for the natural man does not understand these things.
1Co 2:14 Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.
1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, and he himself is judged of no man.
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Having the mind of Christ means that only those who have been ‘born anew’ will be part of the body of Christ with Christ as the head. Those who try to understand the Word of God without a renewal of Spirit will NOT understand it. It’s as simple as that. It will be foolishness to them.