1. INTRODUCTION

In the previous posts I delved into the spiritual rebirth as well as the truth that Jesus is God, since this is key to our spiritual rebirth.  I would like to return to John 3 and explore what Jesus meant when He responded to a question asked by Nicodemus:

 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

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 (John 3: 1-3).

2.  JESUS SAID THAT NOONE  CAN INTERPRET THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITHOUT A SPIRITUAL REBIRTH

It  is significant that the chapter began with an introduction to  Nicodemus’ religious affiliation, his social standing and the timing of his question. He was supposed to be knowledgeable about scriptures and appeared to have said the right thing to the Lord. However,  Jesus’ response was  cryptic and apparently irrelevant to the  statement which implied that Jesus was only a teacher.  In other words, Nicodemus had missed the truth that Jesus was God.

Jesus said that no one could see or Eidon  (Strong’s 1492)  the kingdom of God except he was spiritually reborn.  Eidon  means to perceive. In other words, Jesus really meant that no one can perceive, understand or receive spiritual revelation about the kingdom of God without a spiritual rebirth.  The Lord’s tongue was also  in His cheek, because Nicodemus really put his big foot in his mouth, revealing that the eyes of his spirit were really blind to the secrets of the kingdom of heaven:

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.

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? (Jn 3: 3-4).

Obviously not! How dumb can we become?!!!  Jesus had spoken about a spiritual mystery, and we too, like Nicodemus, are blind to truth right under our noses.  Nicodemus possessed a PhD in Moses’ law and was a member of  an elite religious sect, yet this did not qualify him to understand things of the kingdom of heaven.  Theological degrees do not qualify us to do so either.

3. TWO USES OF EIDON

These words spoken by the Lord Himself will help us to add to our understanding of the word eidon:

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive (Eidon):

For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see (Eidon)with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them (Mt 13: 14-15).

4.  EXAMPLES SHOWING THAT PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO SEE WITHOUT SPIRITUAL REBIRTH

I read through the book of John and was fascinated by the numerous examples of spiritual blindness about the things of the kingdom of heaven. Here are some of them:

  • In John 4: 10-14, the Samaritan woman did not understand what Jesus meant when He spoke about “living water”.
  • The Jews became highly offended and many disciples turned back when Jesus told them they needed to partake of  His flesh and blood. Was He asking them to become cannibals? No, He spoke of partaking of his teachings and ministry (Jn 6: 53-56)
  • The Jews went to the extreme of calling Jesus a sinner because He had healed a blind man on the sabbath day, even casting out the healed man because he said that Jesus was Christ (Jn 9).  They died in their sins because of unbelief.

5.  JESUS SHOWED A PARALLEL BETWEEN SPIRITUAL  AND PHYSICAL BLINDNESS AND THE RECEIVING OF SIGHT

I will use the example of the healed blind man man to draw a parallel between physical and spiritual blindness and the  receipt of physical and spiritual vision. Here are highlights from John 9:

  • the man had been born blind. We were born in sin which places scales over our spiritual eyes, preventing us from receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of God
  • Jesus sent the man to wash in water, symbolic of the washing that we receive from the word of God for spiritual cleansing
  • the man’s features changed when he began to see. He looked so different that his neighbours argued vigourously about his identity. We too become transformed when the spirit is reborn
  • The man had such a testimony about his transformation that he allowed the Pharisees to throw him out of the synagogue.
  • He confessed his belief verbally to the Lord became a grateful worshipper.

Apostle Paul wrote beautifully about spiritual sight:

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God (1 Cor 2: 8-9).

Blessings!

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