BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:7 NKJV
I remember growing up in the south western part of Nigeria. I and a couple of other kids enjoyed a particular game. In our neighbourhood those days, we had certain women who used a special stone to grind pepper and after they were done the residue of pepper was thrown on the bare floor. As kids we carefully observed and waited for this part because usually some birds would stop to pick up the dumped pepper seeds. Once these birds touched the floor we would come out of our hiding places in an attempt to catch them and before our very eyes these birds will stretch their wings and sprout up in the air leaving us disappointed wishing we could fly.
The birds didn’t have to fear any threat on the ground, they knew that whatever the threat was, they could easily access a realm where human hands couldn’t reach. A realm called “above”.
Jesus tried to pass this point across to Nicodemus in our opening verse. To the Jewish man of Jesus’s day, the word “born again” would have made no sense. In fact the original Greek phrase used is directly translated as “born from above”. So, when Jesus said you must be born again, what he actually says is that you must be born from above.
Jesus was talking about a location not physical however, a realm that transcends earth and its limitations where the situations and elements of this world can’t reach. This is a very profound thought. This means that the believer’s origin is of a world that supersedes this present world. “Born from above”.
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
John 17:16 NKJV
Jesus makes it clearer in this verse we are not of this world! How refreshing is that? A more contemporary way to put this is to say that a person is a representative of a powerful sovereign nation and lives in another which is subservient to the former.
The most important part of this truth is that we are called to enjoy the best of both worlds. We can have the best of this world because we are from a better world. As representatives of a higher kingdom we are recognised and accorded the respect and honour the leader of our kingdom will be accorded. The devil knows and realises this fact but what’s sad is that believers aren’t aware of this. Knowing this truth frees you up from every form of worry and fear.
So, when next you are faced with situations that seem over whelming or surmounting, what do you do? Let me tell you what. With your words, you spread those wings of grace and soar far away into a realm far above, and from that realm you superimpose the will of God on this realm.
We must constantly live with the consciousness that we are born from above and that has set us far above.
I’m not of this world; therefore, I’m not subject to the circumstances and limiting factors of this earthly realm. I have the overcoming, indestructible, unconquerable life of God in me, and I walk with this consciousness today. I may be in this world but I’m not of the world. I’m from above and my life is the supernatural life of God’s Word. Therefore, I think, talk and do the Word, and I receive the results of the Word in my life today and always!
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