What did Jesus mean….?
When Jesus taught in John 3 that a person must be born of …
What was he referring to when He mentioned water?
See this teaching here:
“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,”“ John 3:3-8.
There are many today…
Who teach that the water is baptism in water or washing. Is this teaching correct?
Did Jesus say that one must be born again of water baptism and spirit?
It is a common interpretation by some Pentecostal groups [apostolic’s] that the water referred here was talking about baptism in water. Their favorite verse of scripture is Acts 2:38.
“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Then there are many other perversions of beliefs around water baptism, such as babies being baptized to insure their salvation, and the cults that teach that water baptism is necessary for salvation and even continuance as a believer into heaven.
Flesh and Spirit Contrasted
Jesus answered his own meaning in the next verse he spoke: v.6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.”
Jesus did contrast the first birth and second birth by contrasting flesh birth and spirit birth.
Jesus said every man must have two births [because his first birth was not enough to be spiritual], and the first one was of the flesh, and the second one was of the spirit.
Then Jesus was talking about something being wrong with the first birth of men…. which had to be changed, [spiritually quickened].
What happens when a woman has a baby? Everyone knows that the baby is in a mothers womb in a sack of water that breaks at the time of the new babies birth.
The breaking of the water precedes all new babies birth. Thus when Jesus taught flesh is flesh, he was referring to the water at birth, which brought the baby into new life on earth.
Again, Jesus likened the new birth as one contrasting the first birth [which was from the mother out of water], with spirit birth which is like the wind blowing.
Jesus told Nicodemus to look at the wind and see it and where does it come from and go… Then so is the second birth… A spirit birth! Like the wind, the spirit birth follows the flesh birth.
Many False Teachers Teach That the Water Was Baptism!
Many today are taking the wrong answer when they say the water referred to baptism in water. Wrong.
The reason this is wrong is plainly taught in other scriptures which clearly states that:
1. A man is cleansed by the Blood of Christ.
It is therefore clear that no water baptism can cleanse men of their sin.
2. A man must understand and repent of his sin before he can be saved.
How can a baby repent of sin when he is but a babe and does know nothing?
Equally as strange a belief as babies baptised to save them, is the belief that any man can be cleansed by water, regardless of how old or young he is!
Upon the teaching of water baptism, covenant theology has arisen in religious circles, which believes babies could die and go to hell, therefore they must be baptized in water [at a very young age] to insure their eternal salvation.
Clearly in the teaching of infant baptism we see a even further distortion of the truth of salvation.
I will teach at another time about “what happens to babies who die before they are old enough to be saved.”
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I have taught this teaching in obedience to the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
LORD, please shine into the heart of those who have been trapped into believing false teaching by revealing the simple truth of your marvelous work of salvation.
~ Desert Prophet Ken Dewey
The light will shine in His glory… In the desert.
Evangelist/ Prophet/ Pastor Ken Dewey is the founder of “OUT OF THE DESERT MINISTRIES“ in Belen, New Mexico, USA.
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