John 3:6...Reads~"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. " Why is not water mentioned again? Later...
In verse 6, Jesus begins explains verse 5, which is finished in verse 8.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit
Corresponds to the phrase: "born of water and of the Spirit"
Born of water is the same thing as born of the flesh~
Let us consider: which is born of the flesh, is flesh
~Man by his natural birth, and as he is born according to the flesh of his natural parents, is a mere natural man
; that is, he is carnal and corrupt, and cannot discern spiritual things; nor can he, as such, enter into, and inherit the kingdom of God.....
1st Corinthians 2:14...Reds~ "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
And therefore there is a necessity of his being born again, and of becoming a spiritual man; and if he was to be, or could be born again of the flesh, or ever so many times enter into his mothers womb, and be born, was it possible, he would still be but a natural and a carnal man,
and so unfit for the kingdom of God. By "flesh" here, is not meant the fleshy part of man, the body, as generated of another fleshy substance; for this is no other than what may be said of brutes; and besides, if this was the sense, "spirit", in the next clause, must mean the soul, whereas one soul is not generated from another: but by flesh is designed, the nature of man; not merely as weak and frail, but as unclean and corrupt
, through sin; and which being propagated by natural generation from sinful men, cannot be otherwise; for "who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one", ( Job 14:4 ) . And though the soul of man is of a spiritual nature, and remains a spirit, notwithstanding the pollution of sin; yet it being defiled with the flesh, and altogether under the power and influence of the lusts of the flesh, it may well be said to be carnal or fleshly: hence "flesh", as it stands opposed to spirit, signifies the corruption of nature...
Galatians 5:17...Reads~"For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."
And such who are in a state of unregeneracy, are said to be after the flesh, and in the flesh, and even the mind itself is said to be carnal and at enmity against God. Being at enmity against God, is worst than just being a enemy of God. See Romans 8:7
. Enter as many times as you desire Nicodemus, you still will come out with a flesh
that's at enmity against God Almighty
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit
A man that is regenerated by the Spirit of God, is a spiritual man; he can discern and judge all things of a spiritual nature:
1st Corinthians 2:15,16...Reads~"But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
"Spirit" in the first part of this clause, signifies the Holy Spirit of God, the author of regeneration; And "spirit", in the latter part, intends the internal work of grace upon the soul, from whence a man is denominated a spiritual man which allows that person to see and understand, even though understanding is a slow process for most of us. Later...