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"Being Birth from the Atmosphere of God" John 3:3

Jul 19th, 2013 by Dr. Edward L. Hall

It is said in John chapter three and verse three, "Jesus answered and said to him,  “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” NKJV

            This passage communicates about a person with a unique character. This individual is no different than any human on earth trying to get through a normal day. The psychological contemplation is, why did Nicodemus go to Jesus at night, which is uncertain. There are many scholars who speculate that the reference to ‘night’ reminds us of the Sanhedrin leaders discussing things over into the night. Others state that Nicodemus came to appease his mind of the truth that deep down within his soul he knew about Jesus. This man, Nicodemus was a “ruler of the Jews,” which means, most probably, that he was a person of great importance in the social community. As such, he is to be viewed here as a representative character. He gives us another phase of the spiritual condition of Judaism. However, he was altogether lacking in his attitude of spiritual discernment (verses 4, 10); and too, he was missing God in his life which is a sin and therefore, needing to be “birth from the atmosphere of God” (verse 7). Even though he was a true representative of the Sanhedrin—Israel’s highest ecclesiastical court, he knew that their attitude of Judaism was devoid of all spiritual discernment, and had no understanding in the things of God. So like Nicodemus, his fellow—members were devoid of spiritual apprehension.

            The text communicates, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." The etymology for the word  "except" in the Greek is a ‘me’ article which is a negation as well as an adjective of description. Jesus says, "Except a man negotiate “being birth from the atmosphere God” or “being born again”, he or she cannot see the kingdom of God." The word  "cannot" is a present indicative passive which communicates if a person does not do what is required here by Jesus, he or she would never experience a better life and attitude of being a kingdom person in this life. The passive voice states that God would not endorse it. The word  “see" in the text is the Greek word ‘eidon’ that conveys the meaning here is not so much the mere act of looking, but the actual perception of the kingdom and its realities it extends to us spiritually to elevate our attitude of walk in life.        

            A person's attitude in life is determined by their attitude about the Bible that births us from the environment of God’s spiritual existence. Most of our social disappointments in life arise from not recognizing our need to be born from God with a spiritual attitude that re-creates within us the optimism to keep being positive with others and ourselves. To those of us who are birth from God's Word, the Bible is the revealed Will that stabilizes our character during social upheaval. The word of God becomes our spiritual character that makes clear our duty to God, to other individuals, as well as our spiritual attitude within ourselves.

            When an individual is birthed from the atmosphere of God, he or she is elevated to the atmosphere of the area where the Lord resides. It is at that climax God's Word becomes a natural domain for practicing a pleasant attitude with anybody you meet in life. It is at this elevation, the character of the individual becomes so embedded of the sovereignty of God's spiritual words that it brings everything alive in one’s walk of life.  Being birth from the atmosphere of God at this elevation gives the individual newfound horizon that embraces one's conscious to transform their whole person mentally. And yet more invigorating, Jesus Christ become more powerful, and it is in that radiated light that we become renewed individuals. If a person ever becomes "Birth from the Atmosphere of God” like that of Nicodemus, a person’s life would never be the same no matter what they encounter or who they encounter daily.