The birth of our salvation was and will forver be a miracle. Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father so his conception was not by normal means. The understanding of birth was elevated and changed forever by the mere introduction of Christ. Without saying a word or doing a thing, the precedent was set. The salvation of God's creation meant a new kind of birth was required. Christ was born of incorruptible seed with a nature that was above sin. The fullness of the perfect, incorruptible spirit dwelled within the earthly tabernacle of Jesus Christ. Being begotten of God, Christ was indeed born of the spirit.
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
1 Peter 1:23
Christ taught us how to love for without love it's not possible to serve the most high God. He also planted a seed of wisdom that pertains directly to our relationship with the heavenly kingdom.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Being born again is the only way. It requires us to reconsider what we once thought was living and embrace more life. Our flesh has an expiry date. The kingdom of God is eternal.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
To be a conqueror
Nicodemus was a conqueror in the making. He was a Pharisee by nature but also had the courage to go against the grain and seek out the man that was public enemy number 1 at the time. Nicodemus may have had his set of preconceived notions but indicated to Jesus that he believed that Christ was God sent. No matter how small or immature his belief may have been, the seed of faith was there.
“...God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
- Romans 12:3
With faith, we find ourselves on the born again path. Whether we stay on said path depends on if we continue to submit to God. After Nicodemus had come to Christ, he received the revelation that his understanding was off. A new birth signals a change. A change that has the power to in turn change the lives of others. One of the first changes we undergo in being born again is the change of mind. One thought can change the world.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”
What does being born again look like?
Jesus was filled with wisdom from a young age. Even though he was what one might call a child prodigy, his official ministry did not appear to begin until full maturity was complete. Everything, including our born again walk happens according to God's timing. We do what we can but God does what only he can. To be born again, Jesus taught us to first come as children.
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Humility of a child
A child cannot feed himself. He is at the mercy of and entirely reliant on his parents. This presents a challenge for most. Most of us are now of the age where we can do. Having the ability to do for ourselves but instead saying "God I trust you to guide me here..." is the type pride defiance that brings us closer to God.
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
Wisdom of a child
A child's wisdom is usually fashioned by what their parents tell them or what they see them do. Our born again life still involves us learning but we no longer learn from our own understanding. We now learn from our Father in heaven. A wisdom that exceeds and makes the wise seem foolish.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Faith of a child
When a parent calls a child, they hear the words and they answer the call with little thought or procrastination. The only time a child may tarry is if they fear they have done something wrong. The understanding of right and wrong already having been instilled in them from their parents. They won't tarry forever though as their innocency trusts that their parents still love them. We have all fallen short of the glory of God in one way or another but his love is greater than our greatest sin. The greatest sin we may ever commit is not knowing just how much our God loves us.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
Hope of a child
When a parent tells their child they are going to do a thing for them, that child believes. The words that were spoken are "gospel" to that child as most would not have been exposed to any other way at that time in life. The natural inclination of a child is to believe one in authority because even in limited understanding they know that with that authority comes power. A power they don't have and a power that they know they can only partake of through their parent.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Love of a child
This love is pure. It's the type of love that is untainted from worldly wisdom. It holds no expectations for anything in return because it knows not that way of thinking. The type of love that has no respect of persons and is capable of receiving any and everyone. Christ calls it the highest form of love one can have.
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”