My Journal- Day 7

Posted: March 29, 2014 in Journal
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Reference : Desire of Ages 171-173 [Chapter 17- Nicodemus (part 2) – (John 3:1-22)]

 

Nicodemus sought to have a discussion with Jesus but Jesus only had one thing in mind and that was to lay bare the foundation principles of truth. As He spoke to Nicodemus, He made it clear that he doesn’t need to have his curiosity satisfied but that he needed to have a new heart. Nicodemus believed that because he was born an Israelite and due to his good works and work in the temple, he was sure of a place in the kingdom of God. He, like some of us, believe that because we are working in the church and doing good deeds, that we are covered. Jesus, however, was revealing to him and to us that more than our deeds are needed to enter. He said “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3 KJV).” Jesus was trying to teach Nicodemus that a Christian’s life was to be a transformed, which can only be done by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8 (KJV)

Jesus used the wind to illustrate how the Spirit works; that even though we may not be able to pin point it in itself, it can be seen and felt. The work of the Spirit is revealed in all the actions of them that have felt it. When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life. The Spirit of God is able to transform lives once we prepare our hearts, after feeling the Spirit, and surrendering ourselves to Jesus. The Spirit works on the heart over time convicting us. We then ought to study and seek more truth as we are convicted.

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