If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? (John 3:12)


Jesus is here answering Nicodemus, a “man of the Pharisees” who came to Jesus “by night” (presumably so his Pharisee friends wouldn’t see him) to ask how to attain the kingdom of God, of which Jesus has been speaking. When Jesus replies, “no one can see the kingdom of God without being born anew,” Nicodemus takes him literally and dismisses the teaching—for clearly a man cannot be born twice, at least in physical terms. 

Jesus’ response, of which this verse is a part, emphasizes that spiritual things cannot be understood, or even discussed, simply within the realm of the physical and earthly world in which we live. We are not to be “born anew” in physical terms, by returning to a womb and repeating our first birth. We are born anew spiritually by lifting up our consciousness and our faith to a higher dimension of truth. From this higher dimension we are able to see and embrace both the human illusion of duality through which we are moving and the spiritual Truth of Oneness with the divine that is our true identity.


Rev. Ed


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