Posted 25 May 2008 - 11:15 AM
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.
There are a few views in Christendom about this verse. Here is another, which is how I see it:
Jesus is talking about entering the kingdom here , so everything He is saying is relating to how to enter it. Seeing that being born in the natural is not going to get us in (flesh cannot enter) He is not talking about the physical birth here when he talks about the water. I understand it to be the water of baptism and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. We first have to die (crucified with Christ) to be born into Christ (Water) and then we have to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Both these are necessary to enter into the kingdom.
2Cor.3:18) But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.
If your face is truly unveiled you will accept what happened at the cross and see by faith the finished work of Christ in the mirror. Only in this walk of faith are we “transformed into the same image”.