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John Chapter 3:5-7

A Natural Birth vs. a Spiritual Birth.

John 3-5-7
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Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
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This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”
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Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
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Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?”
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Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
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That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
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Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
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The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
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Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
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Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?
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Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.
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If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
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No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
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And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
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that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
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For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
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Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
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And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
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For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
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But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
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After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing.
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John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized
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(for John had not yet been put in prison).
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Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over purification.
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And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.”
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John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.
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You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’
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The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.
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He must increase, but I must decrease.”
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He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.
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He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.
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Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.
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For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.
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The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.
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Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
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John 3:5-7
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Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
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That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
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Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
  1. Why must a person be born again?
    John 3:5
    Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
  2. How are those who are born of the flesh only, different than those who are born of both the flesh and the Spirit?
    John 3:6
    That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  3. What should we not marvel about?
    John 3:7
    Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Romans Chapter 6:1-3

Baptism is the Death of Our Old Sinful Nature.

Romans 6-1-3
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What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
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By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
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Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
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We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
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For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
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We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
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For one who has died has been set free from sin.
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Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
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We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
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For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
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So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
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Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
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Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
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For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
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What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
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Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
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But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,
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and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
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I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
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For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
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But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
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But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
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For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Romans 6:1-3
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What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
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By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
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Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
  1. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
    Romans 6:1-2
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    What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
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    By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
  2. Shall we live any longer in sin?
    Romans 6:2
    By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
  3. When you were baptized into Christ Jesus, what were you baptized into?
    Romans 6:3
    Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Romans Chapter 6:4

Baptism is the Buriel of Our Old Sinful Nature.

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Romans 6:4
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
  1. Through baptism, into what were we buried?
    Romans 6:4
    We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
  2. How should we now walk?
    Romans 6:4
    We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans Chapter 6:5-7

Baptism is a Resurrection to New Life with Jesus.

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Romans 6:5-7
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For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
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We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
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For one who has died has been set free from sin.
  1. If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, how also will we be united with Him?
    Romans 6:5
    For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
  2. What has happened to our old man?
    Romans 6:6
    We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
  3. What should we no longer be slaves of?
    Romans 6:6
    We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
  4. If you have died, what have you been freed from?
    Romans 6:7
    For one who has died has been set free from sin.

James Chapter 2:14-17

Baptism is an Act of Faith.

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James 2:14-17
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What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
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If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
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and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
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So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
  1. If someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can faith save him?
    James 2:14
    What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

    Obviously not

  2. If a brother or sister is naked and destitute,and you say to them, “be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things they need, what does it profit?
    James 2:15-16
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    If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
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    and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

    Obviously, it does not profit at all

  3. If faith is by itself, and it has no works, what is it?
    James 2:17
    So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Matthew Chapter 28:18-20

Baptism is an Act of Obedience.

Matthew 28
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Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.
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And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
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His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.
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And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
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But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
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He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
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Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
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So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
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And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
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Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
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While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.
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And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers
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and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’
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And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”
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So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
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Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
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And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.
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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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Matthew 28:18-20
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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  1. What authority in heaven, and on earth, has been given to Jesus?
    Matthew 28:18
    And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
  2. What did He command His disciples to do”?
    Matthew 28:19
    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  3. To become His disciple, what must you learn to obey?
    Matthew 28:20
    teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  4. As we fulfill this command, how long will He be with us?
    Matthew 28:20
    teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”