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John 3:1-18 King James Version (KJV) 3 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 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. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
All of us, in one way or another, want to "get in." Deep down in that quiet place of our hearts, we want to be approved. Yet every attempt to “get in” is really an attempt to be accepted by the One who matters most. In the Gospel of Luke, we see two men who desire to “get in." But only one of these men gets into the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us why, and it has everything to do with whether we are proud in spirit or poor in spirit.
Many speak highly of Jesus Christ and the Christian Life. But when you look at their actions and the way they live their lives, they are just like the world. This is opposed to Christ Jesus! God knows their heart and if they do not die to themselves and be born again, they will hear the words "I do not know you" on the day of judgment.
Are you like the Pharisees? They thought to be acceptable to God because of their religious practices. They thought to be better then "the sinners". They thought to be righteous in God's eyes and "the sinners" not worthy to God. Is your heart condition this way that your works, your ministry is the thing that makes you acceptable to God? Or do you see yourself to be a wretched sinner, not worthy of His presence and forgiveness?