Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
Assured Despite The Brokenness
There are few assurances in this broken world that we can trust fully. One we can believe without any doubt is our assurance of salvation in the Spirit. This topic is what Jesus talks about with Nicodemus in John 3. Here’s what Jesus teaches him about being assured in the Spirit.
Water or Spirit?
In the verses before John 3:5-6, Nicodemus is seeking to understand how someone can be born again, as well as what that even means. Jesus explains that being born again is about being born of the Spirit, not of this world. While being born of water and the Spirit is still a hard phrase to understand, we can clearly understand that what is born of this world is of this world. And there is nothing we can do to in our flesh to change being of the world.
Praise God, we still have a way; that way is through the Spirit.
By Grace Through Faith
When we choose to follow Jesus, we no longer have to try to make salvation from our flesh. Our salvation is assured by grace through faith that Jesus died for our sins and rose again. Because of our brokenness, sometimes our assurance is hard to trust, and we try to add our works to faith and grace.
Today, rest in the truth that what is born of flesh is flesh and that there is nothing we can do in ourselves to change that. Rest knowing that if you are a follower of Jesus, you have been reborn of the Spirit and, in that alone, you have the assurance of salvation.
As you go through your day, notice when you are seeking to find assurance of your salvation in your flesh, and ask the Lord to remind you that you find your salvation in Him and only Him, that you would be truly assured in the Spirit.