John three:1-17 Law and Gospel Bible Study, Trinity Sunday




Jesus says to Nicodemus, “Unless 1 is born from above he can not see the kingdom of God.” (v. three)  Nicodemus responds –“How can a man be born when he is old?”  Jesus answered, “Unless 1 is born of water and the Spirit, he can not enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (vv. five-six)  In these words, Jesus produced the situations for getting into the kingdom clear.  The kingdom of God is not entered by something we do, but via a transformation brought about by God.  We do not enter the Spirit’s realm via our personal efforts.  We enter the realm of God’s Spirit via the water of Baptism and the Holy Spirit’s efforts.  Baptism is the washing of regeneration — rebirth.  Via it, the Spirit adopts us as his personal, bringing us below his dominion.  Jesus supplied Nicodemus and us the important to understanding.  What is “heavenly” has come to earth: “the Son of man” (v.13).  In the Son, God has come to earth and opened his heart and will to us.  Perishing in spiritual confusion and death, we have only to appear to Jesus to locate life, as the smitten young children of Israel looked to the bronze serpent erected by Moses as a sign of God’s grace.  Then the text leads naturally to the very best loved passage of Scripture, John three:16-17, the heart of the gospel.  The Spirit of God is in search of you out to make you his personal.  The Greek word “anothen” (v.three) has a double which means — “anew” or “from above.”  Tragically, the “born once more” movement of the 1960’s interpreted “anothen” as “born once more.”  The word “once more” is utilized to describe how 1 can be accepted into the Kingdom without the need of becoming baptized.  Nonetheless, according to the New Testament and this passage in distinct, Jesus describes salvation as a present of God’s Spirit provided via the “water and Spirit” of baptism alone and does not imply any “choice,”  or “will” on our component. This text is for Trinity Sunday mainly because it declares God to “be 1”.  As our Father, He is behind all the fantastic that happens.  As the Son, He is the revelation of like.  As the Spirit, He is bringing us a new and eternal life in His Kingdom.

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