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Tuesday, August 05 2008
In reading John the 3rd chapter, I came across a scripture that I obviously read before, but it seem to jump off the page at me this morning. 

John the 3rd chapter documents a meeting between Jesus Christ and Nicodemus.  Nicodemus was a pharisee and a ruler among the Jews, but had an interest in the teachings of Jesus.  During their conversation, Jesus prophecied of the need for baptism and the infilling of the Holy Ghost.  The concept of being born again stunned Nicodemus and he asked in verse 9 (God's Word version)...

9 Nicodemus replied, "How can that be?"

The answer that Jesus gave Nicodemus was not one that I am sure Nicodemus expected.  It was an answer that placed accountability on Nicodemus considering his position among the religious of the day.  Jesus stated in verse 10 (God's Word Version)...

10 Jesus told Nicodemus, "You're a well-known teacher of Israel. Can't you understand this?

This rebuke should speak to us.  Often times, we are spiritually ignorant because we have not accepted the Word of God in its entirety.  We pick and choose parts of the Word of God that comfort us and are not accountable to a spiritual leader that preaches with a passion to insure you make it to heaven.   The scripture states in 2 Timothy 4:3 (Amplified Version)...

3 For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,

We need to understand the need to mature in God and ask God to speak to us of spiritual things.  Hebrews 5 states (KJV)...

13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
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