If Nicodemus does not understand depravity, why would he be looking for themes of restoration by mercy and grace?
Before we are born again, we are only natural creatures operating with natural understanding. We cannot understand spiritual things.
If we were true to the understanding of our own depraved nature separate from the grace of God, we would only rejoice in this sovereign act of God! He did what we CANNOT do!
Jesus is not teaching that you have to be both physically born and spiritually born.
Simply put, the only way to see or enter into the kingdom of God is by a marvelous and irresistible act of grace performed on a person by the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by … Continue reading Grace For Grace
In my two previous posts, we learned something very important about the power of Jesus and the power of sin. We learned that Jesus is the source of all life for creation and mankind in particular. However, we also learned that sin has such a detrimental effect on man that he cannot even recognize God … Continue reading He Giveth Power
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 1st Timothy 1:16 In this verse, Paul tells us that there was a cause for the mercy he received. Was it something he … Continue reading The Cause of Mercy