3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
As you can see, three times Jesus says a man must be born again. (Kind of like when Peter betrayed Jesus 3 times.) He is speaking about a spiritual rebirth. It is the process we all went through when we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. God is a spirit, and we must serve Him in spirit and in truth. When the bible speaks about being created in His image, it is not speaking of our flesh but our spirits. 1 Cor 15:50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. So in order to see God and live with Him for eternity, we must be sold out to Him in our Spirits.
11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
Did Jesus shut him down or what? LOL Seriously this part really cracks me up because it is so very true. This is why our time in the word is very important. We can't think like the world, we need to see things the way God does. His ways our not our ways. How can we trust God to do big things when we don't trust Him with the small things in our lives? As we grow in the word, we graduate from baby christians to more mature ones. There are things God will only share with us because we are His kids. He has even given us a holy language that is for Him alone.
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
I know everyone has heard 3:16 before. This is one of the most powerful scriptures in the bible. It speaks to why Jesus came and died. It also shows God's unmeasurable love for us. He loves us so much that if it was just you, He would have still come. Folks get things twisted by saying God just sends folks to hell. See Jesus didn't come to send us to hell. We send ourselves there by not serving Him. He came to set us free but so many don't receive Him.
28Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30He must increase, but I must decrease.
Here John is speaking of Jesus. He is making sure folks don't make the mistake of serving Him. Once again this is another example for us to follow. A lot of people get big heads as the Lord promotes them. They take all the praise and adoration and forget that it was God who blessed them. Although John was a great man, He let it be known He was nothing about Christ. We should be more like Christ and less like man.
35The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
36He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." Jesus is God in the flesh. He came down with all power. Those who believe in Him will live with Him forever. Those who don't will not. Hell is just not about God's wrath but also being separated from God which in and of itself not worth it. God is good and God is love. So being apart from Him means not experiencing any of the love, peace, and joy there is in Him. That alone should make people go running asking, "what must I do to be saved?" The word of God is clear, you are either for Him or against Him. You can't have it both ways. Jos 24:15 (portion) Choose ye today whom you will serve. Jos 24:15 (ending) But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
We are now on day 3. For 3 days you have read the word, prayed and looked closer at scriptures. Those are 3 great habits you have picked up. Imagine how you are going to feel at the end of the 21 days? This is starting you on the right track or at least adding what you've already been doing. Doesn't it feel great? So for your journal tonight, I want you to began to look at the past 3 chapters and pick out some key scriptures and write them down. I want you to repeat them and know them by heart so you can use them in your daily walk. Everyday I want you to speak to yourself a scripture we have studied into your life. Take the word with you and watch God move on your behalf. Be blessed. Q