John 3:1-13 The encounter with Nicodemus part 2

John 3:1-13 The encounter with Nicodemus part 2.

John 3:3 Jesus G2424 answered G611 and G2532 said G2036 unto him, Verily G281, verily G281, I say G3004 unto thee G4671, Except G3362 a man G5100 be born G1080 again G509, he cannot G1410 G3756 see G1492 the kingdom G932 of God G2316.

  • G2424 Ἰησοῦς Iesous (yee-sous’) n/p. (meaning) He is Salvation, Yeshua
  • G611 ἀποκρίνομαι apokrinomai (a-po-kriy’-no-mai) v. to respond
  • G2532 καί kai (kai’) conj. and.
  • G2036 ἔπω epo (e’-pō) v. to speak or say
  • G281 ἀμήν amen (a-meen’) heb. Firm, trustworthy, surely, so be it
  • G3004 λέγω lego (le’-ğō) v. (properly) to “lay” forth.
  • G4671 σοί soi (soi’) p:p. to thee.
  • G3362 ἐάν μή ean me (e-an’ mee’) cond. if not, i.e. unless.
  • G5100 τίς tis (tiys’) p:i. some or any person or object.
  • G1080 γεννάω gennao (ǰen-naō’) v. to regenerate.
  • G509 ἄνωθεν anothen (a’-nō-then) adv. from above.
  • G1410 δύναμαι dunamai (d̮ï ’-na-mai) v. to be able or possible.
  • G3756 οὐ ou (ou) prt. Not
  • G1492 εἴδω eido (ei’-d̮ō) v. to see (but not limited to the eye). (by extension) to personally know how (to do).
  • G932 βασιλεία basileia (ɓa-siy-lei’-a) n. the realm.
  • G2316 θεός theos (the-os’) n. God, the Supreme Being, the Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Yahweh by name.

“Yeshua responded and said, this is trustworthy and sure, then He laid out truth to Nicodemus. Unless a person is regenerated from YHVH he cannot see the realm of YHVH.”

The Protestant faith claims that this is the moment a person believes that Yeshua lived, died and resurrected. Catholicism states this regeneration happens when a person is baptized into the faith. Others say it is the combination of the two.

Looking at Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, and the example set forth by Yeshua, this is explained.

1 Corinthians 15:42-52 “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

 

Matthew 17:1-2 “After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 He was transformed[a] in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light.”

[a] As Jesus emptied himself for service to the Father and to men of clay, we also are to purge ourselves of the old leaven in order that we may be a fresh new lump of dough as we truly are: unleavened and alive in the Anointed-One, our Passover sacrifice.

John 19:30 “When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

John 20:1 “On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.”

Finally we look to 1 Peter 3:18-19 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit; By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;”

The word quickening is G2227 ζωοποιέω zoopoieo (zō-o-poi-ye’-ō) v. to (re-)vitalize.

This speaks to the defining moment when our eternal “body” is separated from our earthly body. There is a condition whereby we leave this corrupted flesh and are made incorruptible by the Spirit of YHVH. This does not appear to be a condition created by baptism, rather baptism is simply an action to declare to other fleshly beings that you are in relationship with YHVH. The simple belief that Yeshua lived, died and resurrected does not appear to create this condition either. James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

True, these actions of belief and baptism, are both an integral part of our overall faith. The theme, however, is the transformation from the earthly to the eternal via the power of YHVH. According to these verses it is the relationship of the believer to YHVH that initiates the transfiguration. And, the transfiguration comes in the end of our earthly existence or at the end of earth’s existence.

 

John 3:4 Nicodemus G3530 saith G3004 unto G4314 him, How G4459 can G1410 a man be born G1080 when he is G5607 old? can G3361 G1410 he enter G1525 the second time G1208 into G1519 his G846 mother’s G3384 womb G2836, and G2532 be born G1080?

  • G3530 Νικόδημος Nikodemos (niy-ko’-d̮ee-mos) n/p. victorious among his people.
  • G3004 λέγω lego (le’-ğō) v. (properly) to “lay” forth.
  • G4314 πρός pros (pros’) prep. toward (i.e. forward to)
  • G4459 πῶς pos (pōs’) adv. in what way?
  • G1410 δύναμαι dunamai (d̮ï ’-na-mai) v. to be able or possible.
  • G1080 γεννάω gennao (ǰen-naō’) v (by extension, of the mother) to conceive.
  • G5607 ὤν on (ōn’) v. being old
  • G3361coombined with G1410 μή me (mee’) prt. + δύναμαι dunamai (d̮ï ’-na-mai) v. not possible or not able
  • G1525 εἰσέρχομαι eiserchomai (eis-er’-cho-mai) v. to enter.
  • G1208 δεύτερος deuteros (d̮ef’-te-ros) adj. second (in time, place, or rank).
  • G1519 εἰς eis (eis) prep. Into a place

“Nicodemus lays forth the question, In what way is it possible for a man to be conceived in birth after he is an old man? It is not possible to reenter the womb!”

Nicodemus is obviously not catching what it is that Yeshua is explaining to him. Nicodemus is said to be a Pharisee, yet it was the Sadducees that denied the resurrection of the dead and the existence of spirits. It is possible he was swayed by the Sadducees in this thought. Either way, Nicodemus couldn’t see the separation of the physical from the eternal “being”.

This is a continual struggle for many of us. Yeshua tells the people in Matthew 13:13 “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Nicodemus even though he is a “learned” man, he too, is having difficulty in putting things together.

 

John 3:5 Jesus G2424 answered G611, Verily G281, verily G281, I say G3004 unto thee G4671, Except G3362 a man G5100 be born G1080 of G1537 water G5204 and G2532 of the Spirit G4151, he cannot G3756 G1410 enter into the kingdom G932 of God G2316.

  • G2424 Ἰησοῦς Iesous (yee-sous’) n/p. (meaning) He is Salvation, Yeshua
  • G281 ἀμήν amen (a-meen’) heb. Firm, trustworthy, surely, so be it
  • G3004 λέγω lego (le’-ğō) v. (properly) to “lay” forth.
  • G4671 σοί soi (soi’) p:p. to thee.
  • G3362 ἐάν μή ean me (e-an’ mee’) cond. if not, i.e. unless.
  • G5100 τίς tis (tiys’) p:i. some or any person
  • G1080 γεννάω gennao (ǰen-naō’) v. {here both definitions apply} (by extension, of the mother) to conceive. (figuratively) to regenerate
  • G5204 ὕδωρ hudor (hï ’-d̮ōr) n. water (embryonic)
  • G4151 πνεῦμα pneuma (pnev’-ma) n. Ruach HaKodesh, the life giving breath of YHVH (Gen. 2:7)
  • G3756 οὐ ou (ou) prt. Not, no, none
  • G1410 δύναμαι dunamai (d̮ï ’-na-mai) v. to be able or possible
  • G932 βασιλεία basileia (ɓa-siy-lei’-a) n. realm
  • G2316 θεός theos (the-os’) n. the Supreme Being, the Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Yahweh by name

“Jesus lays forth a trustworthy statement and so it shall be, to all he says, unless a person born of human will is regenerated by God’s own breath of life (eternal) they will not be able to live in His realm (heaven).”

This statement is in perfect agreement with John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

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  1. And, we are not yet reborn into our spiritual bodies. That will happen at the last trump. Those who are asleep (because the first death is not eternal) will be raised, some to life everlasting and some to death and contempt. (Daniel 12:2) Even Paul claims is as the hope of redemption. Until we finish this race set before us.

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