Interpretion of John Chapter 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.
John 3:3

The Baptists read John 3:3 as you must simply proclaim Jesus to be "born again." It's in your mind and your heart. By the way this applies to most Evangelical flavors as well.

The Catholics associate water with baptism.

Both of these learned men insist that both traditions miss the mark. There is a double meaning in to born again which also can be translated as born from above: John likely had both meanings in mind.

Now this teaching is given to Nicodemus from Jesus. Nicodemus is a very accomplished fellow who protests that he doesn't understand, and in verse five, Jesus clarifies:

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.
John 3:5
Water & Spirit

Jesus changes it a bit, now instead of just being born again (or born from above), he now emphasizes that one must be bborn of water and spirit.

See Face to Face: Nicodemus to finish this blog...

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I came to Thailand with strong yearning to grow spirituality. Living as an expat in such a different culture gives one a unique perspective on what is really important in life. My experiences have brought me full circle from an exploration of Eastern philosophy back to the origins of western religions and philosophy.

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