Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Born of the Spirit
by Erik Momsen
Pentecost is the time we remember the work of the Holy Spirit but in fact the Spirit of God is ALWAYS AT WORK. From the very first moment of creation and even as He works in you now the Spirit never ceases to create and re-create. The Holy Spirit is also the one who is actively working to return you to the Father.
The writer of Psalm knows what he needs and what God is doing!
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit." ( Psalm 51:7-12)
Ezekiel prophesies what God will do.
"And I will remove the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh, so that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances, and do them. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God." (Ezekiel 11:19-21)
"And I will sprinkle clean waters on you, and you shall be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from your idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do them. And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers. And you shall be My people, and I will be your God." (Ezekiel 36:25-28)
- Change our hearts to become sensitive to God.
- Change our hearts to willingly obey.
- Cleanse our hearts.
- Fill us with His Spirit.
- He will be our God and we will be His people.
NICODEMUS GETS FIRST TASTE (John 3:1-21)
BORN AGAIN - BORN FROM ABOVE - BORN OF THE SPIRIT?
"Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to 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? Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:3-5
- Jesus is telling a Jew, a religious person, someone who though he was on his way into the Kingdom, into Heaven - that he needed to become like a child, be washed.
- Nicodemus is questioning whether an "old dog" can change.
- He is also questioning how radical the change must be.
- So radical it is as if one starts life all over again.
- This birth is a result of the Spirit changing human hearts.
"So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." (3:8)
The Spirit gives us a new start - a new heart - entry into Heaven
LOOK TO THE CROSS
"But even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (v. 14,15)
- Snake bite in the desert caused death to many and God told Moses to erect a snake on a pole so that whoever looked to it would be healed.
- Jesus would be raised on a "pole" so that whoever looked to it would he healed/saved (same word in Greek).
Nicodemus appears on two other occasions in John's Gospel:
DEFENDER OF CHRIST 7:51
"Nicodemus said to them, (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them), Does our law judge the Man before it hears Him and knows what He does?" (7:50,51)
- Nicodemus is prepared to defend Jesus publicly - a sign of real faith.
"And after these things, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus (but secretly for fear of the Jews) begged of Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave permission. Then he came and took the body of Jesus And Nicodemus also came, who at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus and wound it with linens with the spices, as is the custom of the Jews to bury." (19:38-40)
- This was an offering of great value worthy of the burial of royalty.
- Nicodemus was a changed man - his mind and wealth was at God's disposal.
Date Added: 2009-06-09
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