What an interesting picture You painted for the man I call “Nic at night” the Pharisee who came to You at night to ask questions. When he asked about being part of the Kingdom of God, You said to enter the Kingdom of God, one “must be born of water and the Spirit.”
One birth is from a watery darkness, the other a spiritual darkness. Our physical birth is from a dark, water-filled womb into the light of the sun here on earth. Our spiritual birth is from the dark realm of the evil one into the Light of the Son and into the kingdom of God.
Adam and Eve are the only humans born only of the Spirit. You created their bodies and breathed Your breath into them, giving them physical AND spiritual life.
The Hebrew word “ruach” is translated as breath and spirit. They were spiritually alive and were able to walk and talk and have relationship with You.
When they sinned, the punishment was physical and spiritual death. Physically, their bodies would die. And spiritually, they were separated from You and no longer had the same intimate fellowship with You.
Every human being since them was born by water, but is not spiritually alive until Your “ruach,” Your breath or spirit enters them. This happens at their spiritual birth.
Probably the most well known scripture is in today’s reading. “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” This is Your provision for that spiritual birth.
When a person believes the truth of Your sacrifice and accepts that offer of Your sacrifice to pay for their sin, Your “ruach,” Your breath, the Holy Spirit enters into them.
Father, in the difficulty of the condition of the world today, we need a fresh, renewing breath from You; to encourage us, to empower us, to refocus us on eternal things. Growing up singing hymns. I remember these words penned by Edwin Hatch in 1878:
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.
Thank You Father for Your great love. Thank You for having a plan of spiritual birth giving me eternal life even after sin had entered the world and affected every human being. And for being willing to make the tremendous sacrifice for me to be able to join the Kingdom of God. Amen
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