The Activity of the Spirit in the Lives of Church Age Believers, Part 32
June 26, 2013
The Activity of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Church Age believers, part 32.
One is aner, which refers to a male individual, and the other is anthropos , which is the more generic racial term and emphasizes mankind.
We have anthropos.
The Pharisees were the ultra-religious snobs of the first century.
On the outside they looked good, but inside they were full of dead men’s bones, lawlessness, hypocrisy, uncleanness.
So Nicodemus was the representative of religious man, man striving on his own to please God by his so-called deeds of righteousness.
John, the writer, chose to emphasize the Greek side of this man’s identity, and in so doing we see him as representing the Gentile world.
His name in the Greek can be translated “one who conquers the people”.
So we have everyman, religious man, Gentile and Jew. Whosoever.
Every human being needs to be born again from above, born of the Spirit.
The verb is the aorist passive subjunctive of
Here in John 3:3, in the passive voice, it means “to be born”.
We need to be born again, from above, this time by means of God the Holy Spirit.
At physical birth, we became creatures of the flesh.
At physical birth, we received Adam’s life and nature.
At regeneration, we receive from the Spirit Christ’s life.
No matter what, we are God’s sons and daughters for eternity!
Here in verse 13 John denies emphatically, 3 times in 3 ways, that human generation has anything to do with Divine regeneration.
Those who are born of God are now under the auspices of the will of God.
Men can take advantage of the wind – sails, windmills – but they cannot direct the wind.
The Holy Spirit is God, and He is sovereign, …
…and all those who are born of the Spirit, led by the Spirit, walking according to the Spirit, are operating according to the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit.