KEY SRIPTURE: John 3:6 KJV “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
Every man is first born of the flesh. That is the product of our mothers and fathers. Such a one is most likely controlled by his or her senses. He is called a natural man.1Co 2:14 KJV “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Like Nicodemus, he could not figure out how a man could be born again. The natural man is dead towards God, and alive to the influence of devils. Eph 2:2 KJV “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” The man of the flesh is lost in his sins. He must be born from above to be saved.
There are also, those who are born of the Spirit of God. Joh 1:13 says ” Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” The word born is at times misunderstood, when that birth is in relation to God. When the bible uses the word born, it also means, to proceed from God, as we have in 1 John 4:4. Now, 1 Corinth 6:17 says such people have one Spirit with God. They have the same Spirit as God. The apostle Paul explains how this happens. He said in Gal 2:20, ” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Just consider how he presents it. He says, I am crucified with Christ. Although you see me living, it is no longer I, but Christ or the Spirit of Christ living in and through me. This is the reason the word says everyone born of the Spirit is a Son of God (John 1:12,13).God is our real Father.
Our key scripture reminds us that, the man who is born of the flesh is flesh, and he that is born of the Spirit is spirit. The one born of the Spirit is a supernatural man. He is not supposed to live by the dictates of the flesh. He is a product of God’s word, and so lives by the word.
This man born of God overcomes the world, because he lives by the word (1 John 5:4). According to Col 3:1,2, he sets his affections on things above. He must mortify or kill the appetites of the body, which includes fornication, inordinate affection, covetousness etc. This is done by renewing his mind about himself through the word of God. (Rom 12:2))
THOUGHT: TO BE BORN OF THE SPIRIT AND TO LIVE BY THE SPIRIT, MAKES YOU A REAL MASTER IN THIS LIFE.
Col 3:1 KJV” If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
1John 5:4 KJV “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”