The normal rational person does not have fellowship with God, neither can he understand the things of God, and of the kingdom of God, because God is spirit and the things of the kingdom of God are spiritual. Unless God reveals those things to a person, we cannot understand the kingdom of God. The normal person does not have fellowship with God and therefore we need to be born again, spiritually reborn so that we can have fellowship with God. That is what is lacking with most believers. They are not born again, they are normal rational people. They are not spiritual people, they were not born again.
We read in John 3, a pharisee came to Jesus (Verse 1) ” Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him:”Rabbi we know that you have come from God as a teacher for no-one can do these signs that You do, unless God is with him.” This Pharisee was a serious man. He knew the Torah, the Scriptures, he was a teacher of the Jewish believers, but he realized that there was something that he did not understand; he realized that Jesus was different, He had different powers, therefor he said to Him that:”no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
So Jesus replied to him:”Jesus answered and said to him: “Truly, truly I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God,” and this is what Nicodemus did not understand. So we read Nicodemus said to Him:”How can a man be born when he is old? he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he? Jesus answered:”Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and 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. Do not be amazed that I said to you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it but do not know where it comes from and where it is going, so is everyone who is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus said to him:”How can these things be?” He did not understand this. Jesus answered and said to him:”Are you a teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things. No one has ascended into heaven but He who has descended from heaven, the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes, will in Him have eternal life.”
Eternal life comes through believing in Jesus; believing His words, believing that He indeed is the Son of God, that He is God, manifested in the flesh, and accepting Him, listening to His words believing Him. Here was a teacher of Israel a man who was educated in the scriptures. He knew the scriptures well, but he could not understand what the kingdom of God is about. The kingdom of God is about fellowship with Jesus Christ, listening to Him, hearing from Him. What did Jesus say to this man? He said to him:”If I tell you earthly things and you do not believe how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things. Jesus comes from heaven and they do not believe. Even today the world does not believe in Jesus. They confess that they believe in Jesus, but they do not listen to Him. They do not obey Him, they have never been born again. We cannot understand the kingdom of God, we cannot see in that dimension, unless we are born again of water and of the Spirit of God. To be born again only happens when we truly believe in Jesus, and we obey His words; when we repent of our evil ways and we are baptized in water, Jesus makes us new inside. He gives us a different perception, so that we can hear Him, listen to Him. He becomes a reality to us. These people saw Jesus, the Pharisees, but they did not believe in Him.
His words did not find entry into them. They clung to the Torah, the law of Moses, the things that they knew, but here was the King of Kings, and the Lord of lords, Jesus Christ standing in front of him. Jesus was doing the signs of God, doing the works that nobody else could do; this man was amazed but he did not want to accept Jesus Christ. He did not want to accept the words of Jesus, he would not follow Him. Even the same today, people profess to believe in Jesus, but they reject Him, they do not truly believe Him. They rather go after what they know, what they have been told, what they read in the Bible, but they read it without understanding. The very same as this man who came to Jesus, he could not understand because he did not accept Jesus, he would not listen to Jesus. He followed after his own insight, and therefore he was blinded by his own opinion. He would not accept the words of Jesus, he would not believe Him and therefore he was not born again,and he could not enter the kingdom of heaven.
The very same with so many believers today, they keep on studying the Bible over and over, and over again, they write their own doctrines and interpretations, but they never come to understanding, because they have never bowed the knee before Jesus Christ, and cried out to Him, and said:”Lord teach me please. Lord Jesus, please open my ears and my eyes, and give me understanding. Lord please show me the way.” Dear friends, unless we are born again of the Spirit of God, we will not enter the kingdom of God. We need to know Jesus Christ for real. We need to bow before Him in prayer and seek Him with all our heart, ask Him to change us, make us new inside, so that we will be born again, and then we have to listen to Him. He will guide us, He will teach us. He will explain the scriptures to us.
This man, Nicodemus, did not understand what he was reading, the very scriptures that he read, testified about Jesus but he did not believe that Jesus was truly the Messiah, and therefore he would not listen to Jesus. Dear friend, have you met Jesus Christ? Have you been born again? Have you bowed down before the King and asked Him, to make you new inside. Have you started listening to Him? Has Jesus made you new, a child of God? Are you born again? If you are not born again and you do not truly believe in Jesus and hear from Him, then you are not one of His sheep and you will not enter His kingdom.
Jesus Christ alone is the Way and the Truth and the Life. Go on your knees and cry out to Him. Seek Him with all your heart. Ask Him and He will reveal Himself to you. Seek Jesus and He will guide you. Stay with Him, until the very end and you will have eternal life.
May Jesus bless you.