In today’s episode, the guys discuss Nicodemus’ encounter with Jesus in the third chapter of John and what it means to be born again. Some might think being “born again” means to be radically changed or have different views than our world, but this is not the case. Nicodemus, as a Pharisee and religious figure with political authority knew the Scriptures very well, and even he didn’t understand it. So Jesus took time to explain what it means to be born of the Spirit. At the beginning of the encounter we are told that Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night, which could indicate that he didn’t want to be seen with Jesus. The apostle John also uses double meanings in his words, so “night” could represent spiritual blindness: Nicodemus is blind to the glory of God and initiates a conversation in that state.
Next, the guys state the importance of knowing the biblical context of what happened before this verse, so we can truly understand the motive behind Nicodemus’ heart. Right before Nicodemus approaches Jesus, there was the cleansing of the temple where Jesus challenges the political and religious authority of the Pharisees. Therefore, Nicodemus is trying to have a conversation about political power, but Jesus wants to have a conversation about his soul. The words in the Bible matter and are not insignificant. Nicodemus went to the physical, but he was missing the importance of the spiritual. Being born again makes you a new person, so everything is different. Ray likes to describe being born again as a Christian as a personal miracle. There is now a hunger and thirst for righteousness. Anyone born again in Christ is a new creation and is transformed. Ezekiel 36:25-27 states, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Being born again is to be cleansed from your sins with a new spirit within you. We cannot do this for ourselves, but only God will be the one to give us a new spirit. Lastly, the guys discuss that when you are born again, you need to read the love letter that God wrote to us, the Bible, and get plugged in at a church with other Christians to be rooted in God’s light.