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Seeking For Truth: Lessons From The Gospel of John Chapter 3(Series)

4: We Need God's Help To Understand Spiritual Truth.
 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? (vs 4).   I suspect the most asked question God has had to deal with in human history would be the question "How"? Scripture is replete  with people asking the "how" question. It might not appear in the exact words "how", nevertheless, a question that implies "how" was asked.

Accepting spiritual truths is a battle to the human mind and we all need the aid of the Holy Spirit to illumine our minds to understand His word.

Nicodemus was just one of the many people who analysed spiritual truth on the level of natural reasoning, and got it wrong. He represents us. We have faith in God, but we struggle to take Him at His words and promises. We look at our condition and we are not able to come to terms with spiritual realities. When an angel appeared to Zacharias …

Seeking For Truth: Lessons From The Gospel of John Chapter 3

3: Salvation: Humanity's Utmost Need.
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.(John 3:3). Salvation is our utmost need because sin is our utmost problem. We are sinful and wretched; needy of God's grace: "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God". (Romans 8:23).

The pandemonium of our times are just symptoms of the true state of the sinful heart of humankind: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked..." (Jeremiah 17:9). "desperately wicked": Apt description of the human condition: " No mincing with words at all. The Bible goes straight to the root of all our predicaments: Sin. "You are a sinner"... "...[You must] be born again".

The expression born again as used by Jesus is the Greek word anothen which means "born from above". To be born again therefore is firstly a work initiated by God's Spirit before humans resp…

Seeking For Truth: Lessons From The Gospel Of John 3

2: Good Works Doesn't Save

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 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.(John 3:1-2). A Pharisee meeting with Jesus presents a very fascinating scenario. Considering the place of the Pharisees in society, I can safely describe Nicodemus as a representation of the Mosaic Law; because according to Jesus, the Pharisees sit in Moses' sit(Matthew 23:2). The Catholic Encyclopedia defines the Mosaic Law as "The body of juridical, moral, and ceremonial institutions, laws and decisions comprised in the last four books of the Pentateuch, and ascribed by Christian and Hebrew tradition to Moses."

The Pentateuch or Torah, is basically comprised of the first five books of the Old Testament. So, if the Mosaic Law takes its definition from the last four books of the Pentateuch, th…

Seeking For Truth: Lessons From The Gospel of John 3

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1: Social Status Doesn't Save From Sin.
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 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 (vs 1-2). The Pharisees, in Jewish history, were the custodians of the Mosaic law. The served as members of the Sanhedrin; "...a kind of Jewish Supreme Court made up of 71 members whose responsibility was to interpret civil and religious laws" (Jewish virtual library). Typical of people with power and authority; they abuse it. "Power", Lord Acton says "corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely". That was the Pharisees; self-righteous, high minded and self-conceited:
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: [and] bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne,…

Seeking For Truth: Lessons From John 3

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 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.(John 3:1-2) Some of the profound truths of Scriptures were spoken by Jesus in His personal interactions with individuals.

In John 3, one of His numerous interactions with individuals, we see a cardinal truth of Christianity-Born Again - revealed.  As the book of John progresses, we see a continuous interaction with people from different walks of life.

From the high class in society - like Nicodemus, "...a man of the Pharisees...and ruler of the Jews"- to the down trodden, rejects and outcasts of society, Jesus was reachable. If we fast track and step into Chapter 4 of John, we meet the Saviour with a Samaritan-an adulterous- woman. The Master was truly a friend of sinners; an accurate description indeed from the Pharisees:
And…

Dispelling Fear Through Faith In God's Word

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If faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17), then, it follows logically that fear and unbelief, comes by hearing, and hearing words that are not from God.

I can safely say fear or unbelief comes by hearing, and hearing the words and lies of Satan. Fear and unbelief are just words that are contrary to faith in God's word; they are "tares among wheat". Words generate faith or fear.

In the most famous David and Goliath battle in Scripture, we see the power of words at display. Goliath, described as the champion of the Philistine, used words to instil fear into the hearts of military men.
And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid....And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake accor…

To God Be The Glory!

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Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelations 4:11).)