Did you know you have four eyes and four ears? The four eyes is not a reference to glasses. If that were the case, I guess you would have six eyes like me. When you see someone you can only see two of their eyes and two of their ears. The extra set of eyes and ears can only be seen by spending extra time with them.
If I only see two eye balls where are the other two eyes? The same question for the ears if only two are seen. How does spending time with them reveal the extra eyes and ears? Where are my extra eyes and ears? Does this mean we all have superhero powers with the extra parts?
There is no mystery behind you having two extra eyes and extra ears. You are actually using all four eyes right now. How can that be if I am only reading your words on this page? Yes, you are and you are using both sets of eyes.
You are using the first set of eyes to physically see the letters of these words being typed side by side with breaks in between forming a physical type of communication. Everyone who has physical eyes that can see have this first set of eyes. You can see where you are going. You can see all physical things around you. Your first set of eyes is the physical eye balls everyone sees when looking at your face.
Your other set of eyes are discerning the set of words translating them to make sense to you with your understanding connecting to what the author is trying to convey to you. Everyone has their spirit eyes behind the physical eyes taking in the information from the physical realm it sees and translating them into possible understandings.
The same goes for the ears. Your physical ears on the sides of your head captures the sound traveling into the curvature designed ear channeling it into your brain. The second set of ears translate the sound into possible understandings.
Now, you see your extra eyes and ears. One set is physical and the other set is spiritual seeing and hearing intelligence. Both the physical and spiritual has levels of abilities. It takes time with someone to learn a little of their level in the spiritual eyes and ears. You have no idea when physically looking at a person the level of their seeing perceptions and hearing understandings until you spend time with them. Just like the old saying, “never judge a book by it’s cover” for you will truly only know it after reading the pages on the inside.
People can have fantastic eye sight and hearing range, but that does not make them intelligent. The same of the opposite in having poor eye sight and hearing range does not define the level of intelligence. As was said in a movie, just because someone can speak does not mean they are intelligent. The physical and spiritual eyes and ears are from completely two different realms.
Most people that can see and hear with their physical eyes and ears does not mean they are seeing with their spiritual eyes and ears in perceiving and understanding. You and I know people who look at you with a blank face at what you are saying. They are seeing and hearing you, but they are not keeping up with what is being said. You and I know people who see and hear what they want to hear regardless of the real truth. Some people live with the attitude of “it’s my way or the highway” for you. Our eyes are from two different realms. One is physical and the other is spiritual.
A highly educated man and a leader in the religious Pharisee Jewish council named Nicodemus came in the night to talk with Jesus. I want you to keep in mind Nicodemus had his physical eyes and ears watching Jesus, but at the same time he wanted his spiritual eyes and ears to understanding.
I see them sitting there by the fire with the stars above them twinkling in the night. Nicodemus reveals to Jesus that his physical eyes have seen him do things no other man could do except God be with him. Nicodemus saw him to be a teacher of God with God’s backing doing miracles before the people’s physical eyes. This was all Nicodemus could see with his physical eyes, but he wanted more.
Nicodemus has only one set of eyes seeing Jesus – his physical eyes. His spiritual eyes and ears want to know. He is a man divided with only sight of the flesh and blindness of his spirit. He is convinced on the level of his flesh “…no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” The physical eyes can see undeniable things happen, but it is the spiritual that can perceive and understand the source from which the miracles came.
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” This is where you can see the sight of Nicodemus was relying upon. He was staying in the physical realm of the human body. His mind locked onto the “born again“. His physical eyes were trying to see and perceive, yet the physical birth from his mother was the only sight he could imagine.
Nicodemus having no where else to go with this physical hearing said to Jesus, “How can someone be born when they are old?” His spirit was asleep inside him. He had studied and trained his physical mind through his fleshly eye balls of the Jewish people’s teachings as we know as the Old Testament. If you notice he did not refer to Jesus any scriptures of the Old Testament for the “born again” question.
I can see Jesus patiently waiting as Nicodemus is busy running through his mind all the pages of the Old Testament scriptures he memorized. Finally, Nicodemus continues with Jesus saying, “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” He is stumped with this “born again” statement. He is trying to bring down into the level of the first set of eyes what God is trying to tell him to understand in the second set of spiritual eyes.
NOTE: This is a danger for all of mankind continually trying to bring God down into the level of the first set of the physical eyes and ears. God wants us to awaken our other set of spiritual eyes and ears to clearly perceive and understand what He has for His children.
While Nicodemus was searching so intently for an answer in his fleshly mind Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.” Now, Nicodemus has the hint of the born again experience is not entering into his mother’s womb a second time as an old man, but the second birth is by “…water and the Spirit“.
God is trying to pull Nicodemus out from thinking on the level of what his physical eyes and ears retained from the letter of the law. Jesus was on the level of fulfilling the law. Nicodemus is like many of us today. We lock our minds on things we hold in God’s face on this is the way we believe it. While Nicodemus is still thinking on the level of his physical eyes and ears Jesus continues clarifying the being “born again“.
Jesus lets Nicodemus know you are right “Flesh gives birth to flesh,…“. Okay, he can understand this completely. Jesus has Nicodemus nodding his head by the fire with a motion of, yes, I understand, but you must understand also in a separate way “…the Spirit gives birth to spirit.“
Jesus seeing inside of Nicodemus past his fleshly knowledge with the knowing of his spiritual questions he had inside himself said, “You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.” Jesus saw Nicodemus had the potential within himself to let go of the flesh level of seeing to the spiritual level of perceiving and understanding.
Jesus going further to push Nicodemus as he is for all of us in the future that reads this to wake up our spiritual eyes of perception and spiritual ears of understanding he said, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” “
As the words entered into Nicodemus’s ears I can imagine the fire begins to flicker from the slow moving wind around him. Nicodemus hears the sound of the wind and feels the wind, but he cannot tell the direction it is coming from or where it is going. The flickering light of the fire only gives a hint to ever changing direction.
“So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” It is so hard to understand. Nicodemus is still locked into the things of the earth. I cannot figure out the wind. He is trapped inside his earthly mind trying to force the spiritual things of God into it. You and I today try to box in God to our way of thinking and when something new to us comes along we cannot understand we refuse to let go of our fleshly thinking and accept God is above our thinking and our faith should transcend beyond ourselves.
NOTE: Man has trouble with accepting things out of his control and out of his physical box of fleshly thinking. It is a refusal to give up a comfortable tradition to something that is true, but beyond man’s past. It does not make sense if it does not fit inside the physical realm of his mind. God is the wind. The Wind is God’s Spirit. God will send His Spirit to whomever He pleases (Acts 2:39). You can hear God’s Spirit speak (Acts 2:2, 4) through a person, but you cannot physically pin down where God is coming from or where He is going. There is no end to God and His love.
Nicodemus, again struggles to wrap his fleshly mind around these words and he says to Jesus, “How can this be?” Jesus replies, “You are Israel’s teacher, and do you not understand these things?” One of the greatest religious minds among the others can still not know the things of God. No leader, pastor, or any other type of shepherd over people should be exempt from questions. God requires us to know and if we don’t know then we are to ask, seek, and knock for the answers will be given to us of God.
Jesus continued to say to Nicodemus, “Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.“ “I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?” (Jn. 3:1-12)
Note: The words of Jesus pushed Nicodemus into examining himself. Jesus is the bridge between the earthly understandings and the heavenly understandings. We cannot afford to let our spiritual eyes and ears sleep to the leadership of our fleshly eyes and ears to lead the way. We must be born again the Bible way and not man’s way.
Almost all Christian religions are like Nicodemus in thinking with what fits in their minds of being “born again“. I give the hints of Jesus that “…no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.” There is no other born again scripture in the entire Bible that matches this born of the water and of the Spirit perfectly like Acts 2:38 “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.“
IF NICODEMUS MET PETER
If Nicodemus had Peter to talk to after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ concerning the born again “…of water and the Spirit.” he would have never thought “How can this be?”, “How can someone be born when they are old?”, “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Peter would have told him Nicodemus to repent of all sins, be baptized in water (born again of the water) in the name of Jesus Christ (applying the blood of the Lamb of God which is in the name of Jesus, not Father, and not Holy Ghost Mtt. 28:19) washing away all his sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38) like a rushing mighty wind as we did in the upper room (Acts 2:2) filling us with the sound of God (Acts 2:4) for His Spirit comes and goes where it pleases calling all children of Israel and for all that are a far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:39) because there is no scripture that says God has stopped pouring out His Spirit.
Note 1: Did you know the majority of Christian religions do not allow God to go beyond their thinking or generations of traditions. Jesus challenged Nicodemus to look beyond his fleshly understandings and to peer into the spirit realm of God. This “…born of water and the Spirit.” is still alive in God’s word in the book of Acts that most Christian religions has labeled as a dead book of the history of the church. Who among men has the authority to call the book of Acts a dead book? There is no record anywhere in the Bible of that which fulfills being “…born of water and the Spirit.” than the book of Acts. They were baptized in Jesus name, not Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, which are titles explaining the Father of creation came in the form of Man, the Son, and now comes to us in the form of the Holy Ghost.
Note 2: Even if you restrict the All Present God to three separate beings you will still see Jesus is the only name to be born again of the water washing away all your sins. The Father is a Spirit that has no blood. The Holy Spirit is a spirit that has no blood. Jesus is the only one that has blood, which is contained inside his name. So, when you speak the name of Jesus over water baptism the blood of the Lamb of God is applied to you washing away all your sins.
What are you going to do with this truth? Do you believe your sins are truly washed away by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost? Did you know “Jesus is “ ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11, 12.
I plead with you, please have all your sins washed away by being born again in water baptism in Jesus name and pray for the infilling gift of the power of God’s Holy Spirit giving the words sounding out loud God’s voice. He Loves You! I don’t want you lost and alone ever again.