An Exercise In Biblical Meditation



A Meditation on JOHN 3:1-8

As a practical exercise, let's take  JOHN 3:1-8 and verses 3 and 6 in particular.

1. Before you start, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

2. Read through the verses to yourself several times,
    making a note of anything you sense the Holy Spirit saying to you
    especially about verses 3 and 6.

For example, as I read verse 3 Jesus declared "I tell you the truth," I am struck by the fact Jesus also said in JOHN 14:6 

"I am The Way, The Truth and The Life."   So if Jesus says it's the truth, it must be.

Jesus says: "No one can see the kingdom of God unless s/he is born again.

Q Why is it impossible for us to see God unless we are born again?

Q What does that mean?  Like Nicodemus I don't understand.

Now read verse 6 over to yourself several times. 

"Flesh gives birth to flesh; the Spirit gives birth to spirit."

The New Living Translation translates these words as:
"Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.

Jesus seems to be saying -

a. Physical birth gives birth to physical life.

b. The Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.

The two kinds of birth and life are obviously different. 

One is natural; the other is supernatural.

I think I'm beginning to understand, LORD.

For more on this, go to A BRAND NEW START.

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