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Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
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Rev. Bob Celeste
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What did Jesus mean when He said:
Monday December 11th, 2006
Today we are going back to some of my favorite verses in the Bible, John 3:1-21, but what we are going to focus on is John 3:3-8 with most of the study on verses seven and eight.
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, "Rabbi, we know that Thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" 5 Jesus 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. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, "How can these things be?" 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He 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.
19 And this is the condemnation, that Light (Jesus) is come into the world, and men loved darkness (satan) rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3:1-21 ACP/KJV)
The above 21 verses are amongst the most important verses written in a book that has no unimportant verses or even words. As such every word, every verse, must be used just as God meant it to be used. After much pondering and prayer, I believe I have an understanding of what Jesus was talking about in verses 7 and 8, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
First let's look at it in a bit more modern English: Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind blows where it will, and while you hear the sound thereof, you cannot tell from where it comes or where it is going, so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Now if we come to understand (from other parts of Scripture dealing with the same subject) what Jesus means when He refers to the invisibility of the wind, yet the unmistakable knowledge that it is there, and what something powerful, yet invisible, has to do with being Born Again, we can really start to make sense of not just verses 7 and 8, but all of John 3:1-21.
So, what is powerful, yet invisible, that only comes with being a true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian?
Let's search Scripture and find out:
1 And when Jesus had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12 And when ye come into an house, salute it. 13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. (Matthew 10:1-20 ACP/KJV)
As we search for the true meaning of what Jesus was referring to in John 3:7&8, let us pay careful attention to what He said in Matthew 10:18-20. Matthew 10:18-20 is prophecy of what will happen to those who are tormented for His name after He is no longer on earth with them. For while Jesus was with them, no harm ever came to any of His. Remember what happened the night the Lord was arrested, how He protected and prevented all but Him being arrested? The persecution of Christ's followers didn't begin until after His resurrection.
Let's go to Acts:
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen:
3 To whom also He shewed Himself alive after His passion (sacrificing Himself for us, and resurrection) by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith He; ye have heard of Me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, "Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" 7 And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when Jesus had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. (Acts 1:1-9 ACP/KJV)
Notice just before Jesus returned to heaven, He reminded His that very soon they would have within them the Holy Spirit.
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4 ACP/KJV)
The speaking of receiving the Holy Ghost was addressed to all but the ten of the eleven remaining Apostles of Jesus, for back in John 20 we see that Jesus:
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. (John 20:19-24 ACP/KJV)
Now it is important for you to see what happens in Acts chapter four and five You should read both these chapters on your own. For I'll only use parts of both chapters here and then explain what I believe the Holy Spirit has shown me as understanding of John 3:7&8.
17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, 18 and laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said; 20 "Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life."
21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told, 23 Saying, "The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within."
24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. 25 Then came one and told them, saying, "Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people." 26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 28 saying. "Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name (Jesus)? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's (Jesus')blood upon us."
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said:
"We ought to obey God rather than men! 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31 Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him." (Acts 5:17-32 ACP/KJV)
Notice the reference that Peter makes to the Holy Ghost and what It has done.
1. And as they (the Apostles, Peter and John, maybe more) spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2 being grieved (upset, mad, furious) that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on (arrested) them, and put them in hold (the dungeon) unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. 5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 6 and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?"
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them;
"Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9 if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole, 10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 THIS (Jesus) IS THE STONE WHICH WAS SET AT NOUGHT OF YOU BUILDERS, WHICH IS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER (church) (Psalm 118:22). 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must (can possibly) be saved."
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:1-13 ACP/KJV)
Take careful note of verse 8a "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them" and verse 13 "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."
OK, let's go back and look at what Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:7&8 " Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
First, note that for what happens next, a man must be Born Again. And from being Born Again a man will have something that, like the wind is apparent, powerful and yet unable to be seen or even for the unsaved to know where it came from. Notice how in Acts 4:13 we read that the members of the Jewish court were amazed at what these unlearned men were saying and yet they also remembered that these men had been with Jesus.
I believe that what Jesus is telling Nicodemus in John 3:7&8 is that once a man is true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, the Holy Spirit will give them knowledge of Scripture and the ability to use it. Especially when they are in trouble for Jesus sake.
And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. (Matthew 10:18-20 ACP/KJV)
The analogy of the wind blowing is to the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within all who are truly *Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians. They can cut us open, but they can't find the Holy Spirit, yet any who are unsaved cannot argue Scripture with us. They must always revert to some two bit commentary of unsaved man or to customs and traditions within their own denomination or religion. But to get this knowledge, you as a Born Again Christian must do two things. First you must study God's word diligently, and second you must ask for knowledge by praying to God the Father in the name of God the Son for help by God the Holy Spirit. * Just what is a Truly Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian?
I never wrote my first word of commentary until I had not only been graduated from Bible School and been ordained, but read the Bible no less than 7 or so times cover to cover. ChristianPatriot.com, other than the thoughts done by Steve and Jim, is really nothing more than a journal of my personal Bible Studies.
I have given you this advice before,and I am going to give it to you again, attend the best Bible study on the web at ordination.org. You want the Holy Spirit to give the knowledge and understanding of His word that He gave to Peter and John? Then put the study of God's word first in your life. Stop reading commentary and start going to the Lord on your knees and study His Holy Word, the Holy Scriptures, the KJV.
Lord Jesus, I thank You. I thank You for answering my prayer and giving me insight into Your word and You. Happy almost Birthday Lord and thank You for moving Cec and I to First Baptist. Lord, I know that others had to suffer for us to make that move, Lord help them heal. Thank You Jesus. Amen.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
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