Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Born Again" Both Ands

There is a debate as to whether or not Jesus was talking about individual conversion or church-wide conversion when He spoke to Nicodemus in John 3.

But it isn't an either-or.  It is a both-and.

"Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom (John 3:3, 5).  But then Jesus tells Nicodemus that "you all" must be born again (John 3:7), and He consistently uses the plural in His explanation to Nicodemus.  Nicodemus was an individual who needed to be born again, but he was also a representative of all Israel.  The whole nation needed regeneration, and that is what happened at Pentecost.  The valley of dry bones came to life.  So did the Nicodemus bones." - Wilson, AC, p48.

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