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John 3:8~"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."
This discourse flows in a uniform motion like water, which helps us to understand what the new birth IS and the manner
in which it takes placeThe wind bloweth where it listeth~
or, where it pleaseth!
This is Jesus speaking NOT some Calvinist, whether mild or high, it is the voice of the Son of God~so hear ye HIM
. Two things to consider: One, is that the Spirit is sovereign in whom he chooses to regenerate and is not under the commands and man's thinking on, what and when he should do this or that. He is sovereign as to where and with whom he shows mercy and withhold mercy. There are many examples in the scriptures but two are sufficient for now:
Luke 4:25-30~"But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way,"
Acts 16:7-9~"After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us."
Just as the wind blows where he pleaseth, so does the Spirit of the Living God. Christ means that the movement and operation of the Spirit of God is not less perceptible in the renewal of man than the motion of the air in this earthly and outward life, but that the manner of it is sovereign and concealed
~which we will now consider. When the wind blows we cannot see it, we only see the effects of it
~so is it true of everyone born of the Spirit of God. The Spirit comes and regenerates and LEAVE without anyone knowing it, we can only see the effects of it. The Spirit is the ONLY active agent
in this new birth, even the person being born again does not perceive this birth taken place
. How much does any person remember their FIRST BIRTH? No one. One of the greatest examples of the new birth and how it takes place is seen in the regeneration of the thief on the cross. AT one point while on the cross dying, he railed on Christ JUST AS THE OTHER malefactor did~yet out of NOWHERE, his attitude toward Christ changed immediately!
Matthew 27:43,44~"He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth."
Luke 23:39-43~"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise."
What brought about this change of mind? The work of a new creation in the spirit/heart of this thief instantly which was UNPERCEIVED by even the thief himself much more by everyone else around him! The new birth can take place in many different scenarios~it makes NO DIFFERENCE since man is dead in trespasses and sins, and God alone is the only ACTIVE person working to create this new man within the elect sinner. You can be asleep, working, driving, blasphemy, and a thousand more things one could be doing, it makes NO difference~one does not need to be in a right state of mind, praying, hearing the scriptures, etc. etc. They could be, but most likely they would NOT BE, just as this thief. It does not help God if a person was~for man is WITHOUT any spiritual strength, besides he's AT ENMITY against the God of heaven proven by this thief who seconds before railed on Jesus. "so is every one that is born of the Spirit"~
The new birth is SOLELY by the Spirit of God apart from ALL WORKS of a man just as John said:
John 1:13~"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
How plain is this scripture, yet the man who desires to share the glory with Jesus Christ rejects this simple clear scripture in God's word. I have heard of men boasting how many millions have brought to Christ under their preaching
~yet John said NOT OF THE WILL OF MAN using his earthly wisdom in persuading men to come. Also, it is not of the flesh since THAT WILL is a slave to sin and the devil himself! Yet men boast of their FREE WILL. Free to sin, yes~ free to work righteousness at their bidding/will, NO, impossible. Romans 8 clearly answers that question.
Enough for now on this verse.