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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Sunday
    Dec022012

    John 3:5 Born of Water and Spirit

    "Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

    “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

    Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit." (John 3:3-6)

     

    This verse was recently brought to my attention through discussion wtith another party, in which they held the verse stated a person could not be saved unless and until they had been baptized. They asserted that only baptism freed a person of sin.


    That didn't seem to jive with other Bible verses I've read that insist only belief in Jesus washes a person from sin*. Baptism is an important sign that a person has become a Christian, but Scripture does not seem to support that baptism is anything more than symbolic.


    But after reading this verse in context, I was still stumped. I asked my husband and right away he said, "the verse is referring to physical birth". During our marriage, he has witnessed four births, and in light of the following verse, that explanation sure seems to make the most sense.

     

    Other Resources:

    *http://carm.org/how-does-someone-become-saved

     

    http://www.zianet.com/maxey/reflx212.htm  (section 3)

     

    http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/baptism.html

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    Interesting. Never thought about it like that.

    December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Wilson

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