There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The 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.
The plant growing on the tree in the image is called a Resurrection Fern. When the weather is dry with very little rain, the fern dries and shrivels up. It turns brown and brittle and looks as if it’s dead. But as soon as the rain comes, it rejuvenates and comes to life. It grows green and supple radiant and green.
When I see these ferns on the trees where I live, I always think of Jesus and God. I think of the way the word of God brings us to life, awakening us to our eternal nature. But these are concepts many misunderstand.
Jesus tells us, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
He is telling us clearly the nature of our distraction with our minds and bodies. All of us have become identified with our minds and bodies, forgetting who and what we are. Forgetting we are standing in the kingdom of heaven. That we are made of the kingdom of heaven, and because we are so distracted from our true nature, we simply can not see the kingdom of heaven that we are. That’s within us and all around us. Being born again happens when you take in the word and truth of God and allow it to awaken you to your true nature. When you place all your faith and belief in God and Jesus your eyes start to open. You will you be shown again who and what you are. This takes great faith because your old false self and identification will try to hold your attention and keep you from awakening fully. This can be a frightening process because as the false self becomes apparent and starts to falls away it is very much like a death. You realize that so much of what you thought you were is not you at all. You will die to the old false self and be reborn as the new authentic self you really have been all along. But have faith because you are never alone. God, Jesus, and all of heaven are with you.
Jesus tells us, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which, and of the Spirit is spirit.”
Jesus is again telling us the nature of unconscious false identification with the mind and body. He is clearly saying that being identified with the flesh only leaves you unaware of your heavenly and eternal nature. Your most authentic identity.
And that as long as you are falsely identified with the flesh, you will not be able to experience your true nature as the spirit. You as your spirit are standing in heaven. You are made of it and always will be. You just have forgotten. And as you awaken to your true nature you die to the false identification with the flesh, and reborn as the true identity of the spirit. You are not your body and mind. You are the eternal perceiving awareness within your body. You are a spirit that is a part of the larger spirit God. The larger spirit of God is the kingdom of heaven. And you, Jesus, and all of heaven are interconnected in this way. This is your authentic nature.
The water of the spirit is the truth of God. When we drink of the water of the spirit we become aware again of our true nature. We are born again into our authentic identification. And in this way, the word of God brings us eternal life. Not that we were are finite before we drank the water and truth of God. But that we were unconscious and blind to who and what we truly are. And in this way, the truth of God gives us eternal life. The truth of God only awakens you to the truth of God and reality.
This is very much like the Resurrection fern. We are all brown and withered having forgotten who and what we are. Terrified of death and wondering about God. But then the water of life which is God’s truth comes, and we drink of it. We suddenly are able to see what we are, and who and what God is. Then we start to grow vibrant and alive glowing with life. Our fears of death fall away. We know we are never alone and we can hear God speaking into our hearts again. This is what it’s like to enter the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. This is what Jesus was telling us. Not that we will only live one life, and if we accept the truth of God before we die we will obtain eternal life. But that we are already eternal and always will be. Jesus is talking about awakening. The deep love of God does not stop just because we die. It is going against every teaching of Jesus to say that God would suddenly throw us into hell an torment because we never ask for help before we died. God’s love and patience are eternal. And God will always protect you even after death. God will never throw you away.
Jesus says, “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.”
Again Jesus is telling us about our true perception as the soul-level awareness, compared to being unconsciously identified with our bodies and minds. When we are falsely identified we struggle to understand the deeper truths. And in the same way, we struggle to see and accept someone who has been born again of the spirit. Because from the side of unconsciousness you cant see with the view of the spirit.
You have to be reborn by the truth of God to see and walk again in the vision of the kingdom of heaven which is yours now. And that takes faith. You have to have faith in the messages that are calling you from within your heart. And from the voices of those around you who have been reborn of the spirit, and walk with God in the vision of the kingdom of heaven. Because God speaks into your hearts, and God speaks also through the voices of those who have drunk of the river of God’s truth. Those who have become open doorways to the truth of God within themselves. Faith is seeking God and trusting if God’s guidance again and again, until the chains of unconsciousness fall away from you. This is drinking of the spirit of God truth. This is the beginning of rebirth as you are born again to the spirit of God that you truly are.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Even if you never seek the truth of God while within your life, you will never be lost. You will never be thrown away or cast into hell. When the Bible verses talk of hell, they talking about the hell we create for ourselves by living unconsciously. By going against our true nature and the true nature of God. Always in anxieties and pains over earthly life. When in reality we are eternal and God is with us always. And this is the importance of seeking God now. And not waiting for death to awaken you to your true nature. heaven is already ours, and we can have it now. But we will never be forced to choose. An this is the perfection of Gods plan through free will. That with every choice we are learning. But it doesn’t have to be so hard.
We choose the difficulty of the tests for our selves. We are free to choose. And the only thing that keeps in chains is you false identity and its deceiving nature. And even the ability to be falsely identified is a part of Gods plan. It happened this way because we are free. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It simply unfolded this way and we change at any time. Choose the truth of God now and awaken to what you really are. Because at the end of your life you will awaken deeply and fully to who and what you are as an eternal soul that is a part of the body of God anyways.
2 Corinthians 5:10
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
When you die the body and mind will fall away, and at that moment you instantly are reborn as the spirit only. You will in that moment sees very clearly every choice you ever made. You will see clearly who and what you are. And God, Jesus, and Angels will be with you. They will accept you and love you with comfort. But you will have counsel with them and review every choice. Every action. You will see all of it with perfect clarity. And do you want to stand before God and have to confess your mistakes after death? Or now in earthly life where Jesus and God can and will bless you and shower you with love and blessings? To have your and live your earthly life in the fullness of Gods blessings. Because it will come either way. It will come. So why wait. You can have the peace of God and heaven now. At the end of life, you will finally see everything that you have chosen clearly. It can be a shock to suddenly realize you have made grave mistakes. But you will never be thrown away. Just the same as in earthly life when you start to awaken to the truth of God. You will se you past and know you made mistakes.
But at the same time you will hide nothing before God, laying out plainly before him and asking for forgiveness. This is the nature or repentance. It come either while in earthly life, or after earthly life. But it always comes. And its much better to have it now so that you can walk with God and enjoy the richness of your earthly life. When you do this you also help to open the eyes of others around you. Your highest purpose. No matter what when you die will be loved and comforted. You will be healed and corrected. You are an eternal part of God. You will only take all of the experience of past choices, and come to live another life. Another chance to pass your tests. Until you finally reach the fullness of your earthly education. And God is wise beyond imagining, and loving beyond explanation. Patient beyond understanding. You are only ever being asked to accept your true nature. God only ever wants to give you everything in heaven.
To set everything in order for you and with you. But God won’t force you to choose. And the only reason why you struggle to choose is your own unconsciousness. And in that way, even your unconsciousness is a part of your school lessons in the classroom of life. God is with you always. Even if you deny God, God does not deny you. And God will never give up on you. God will never stop calling you, and guiding you. Seek God and Jesus and let them show what is true.
So pray and read the Bible. The word and truth of God is recorded as a signpost, or map within the Bible. God speaks to you through the Bible. But you must ask God for truth. Ask God to help you see and to wake you up. Ask even about what you read in the Bible. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will open. Just ask and keep asking and it shall be given to you.