Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 34 - Is that true of me - that my greatest "hunger" is to do the will of God?
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Your Questions and Comments:
- "John 3:8, I cannot wrap my head around this. What does he mean?" - In the larger section there (verses 5-8), Jesus is setting up a contrast between being born on the flesh (physical birth) and being born again of the Spirit (spiritual birth). When it comes to spiritual birth, the work of the Holy Spirit is essential. But the work of the Spirit is also mysterious. You can't see the Spirit, but you can see the effects of the Spirit. That makes it similar to the analogy Jesus uses: the wind blowing. The wind blows wherever it wants to, you can't see the wind, but you can see the effects of the wind. It's a little hidden, a little mysterious. So too is the Spirit. The Spirit works wherever He wants to, you can't see the Spirit, but you can see the effects of the Spirit. Jesus is saying that being born again of the Spirit is not as obvious as someone's physical birth. It's more hidden, it's more mysterious, and you can't physically see the Spirit. That, in part, explains Nicodemus' confusion. When Jesus talks about being "born again" in v. 3, Nicodemus immediately goes to being physically born a second time (v. 4). Jesus is saying, "No, this is more mysterious. It's of the Spirit. But it's still real."