Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”
What distinguishes Christianity from all other faiths?
The ability to bring the dead to life.
Our Lord and risen Savior, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead three days after He laid down His life as a sacrifice for sin and was buried in the grave.
When Pentecost came, the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples and they were given power to be witnesses. (Acts 1:8)
That is considered the start of the Church Age.
God confirms His word with miraculous signs and wonders. (Mark 16:20)
What is the Church?
It’s the collective whole of born again, Holy Spirit filled believers called out from worldly living into life in the Spirit.
We’re commanded to make disciples and then baptize those disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Baptism is a sign.
It means your old life is dead and buried with Christ in the grave.
You’re saying goodbye to the old way of living.
You rise from the dead, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and live a new life in the resurrection power of Christ.
We no longer live in fear of death because we have received the promise of eternal life.
We have received the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
God is love.
God is all-powerful.
God is wisdom.
By grace, we take on the attributes of God.
We become living sacrifices. (Romans 12:1)
The power and wisdom of God flow through us as we serve in love.
That’s what distinguishes the faith from dead religions.
And sin no more.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”