Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 12 (v.1) - What is this 'Born Again'?

Submitted: July 18, 2019

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"Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou does, except God be with him." A little flattery hurt no one.

Jesus was not one to beat around the bush, getting to the crux of the matter for which Nicodemus had ventured into the night to meet Him, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

A thick, bushy brow raised. "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"

"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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 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."

"How can these things be?"

"Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen, and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life,"

Jesus leaned forward, His eyes sparkling at the plan of redemption from the beginning of time, oh that man would accept His offer!, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 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. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."

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After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

David stopped short in his tracks, throwing out his left arm so swiftly it hit Matthias in the abdomen, causing the man to "oof"David shushing him, not realizing he was in the wrong. "Do you see that?"

"What?"

"Jesus... He's baptizing!"

Matthias frowned. It was his dear friend John's right to baptize. It was well known in the parts, and even beyond that, it was John's calling. Jesus could do the miracles, that was fine, but to take John's limelight. It just wasn't right. Still rubbing his abdomen, he turned swiftly on his heels, taking the lead as the two friends hurried towards John, who was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there: and people came, and were baptized.

And they came unto John, and said unto him, "Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptized, and all men come to him!"

David crossed his arms over his burly friend. Sure, John wasn't everyone's cup of tea- the guy ate locusts! But to betray him? His jaw was set, Matthias scowling as he related what they had seen.

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John's expression was soft, humbling even the expression of his friends as he threw a hand on his hip with a smile, "A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He 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. He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life!," John paused, his face growing somber, "and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him."


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