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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
3:5 Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit - Except he experience that great inward change by the Spirit, and be baptized (wherever baptism can be had) as the outward sign and means of it.
Joh 3:5 Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, etc. Jesus does not reply directly to the question of Nicodemus, but proceeds to give more explicit statement concerning the new birth. One must be born of water and of the Spirit. Whatever this may mean, it will be admitted by all (1) that no one is a member of the kingdom of God until he is born again; (2) that the Savior declares the impossibility of one entering who is not born of water and of the Spirit. All agree that the birth of the Spirit refers to the inward, or spiritual change that takes place, and all candid authorities agree that "born of water" refers to baptism. So Alford, Wesley, Abbot, Whitby, Olshausen, Tholuck, Prof. Wm. Milligan, the Episcopal Prayer Book, the Westminister Confession, the M. E. Discipline, and M. E. Doctrinal Tracts, and also the writers of the early Church all declare. Alford says: ``All attempts to get rid of this have sprung from doctrinal prejudices.'' Abbott says: ``We are to understand Christ as he expected his auditor to understand him. John the Baptist baptized both Jew and Gentile as a sign of purification by repentance from past sins. Nicodemus would then have certainly understood by the expression, "born of water", a reference to this rite of baptism.''
April Herbster's comment on 2013-12-06 05:19:07:
This verse definitely does not mean water baptism since we know that we are saved by grace and not by works and being baptized would be works. This verse is saying that one first has to be born to be eligible for salvation. When Jesus said that you have to be born again, this of course means that you have to be born the first time as well.
Rob Warmolts's comment on 2013-08-02 21:12:31:
This is the only way to Heaven. Seek Jesus Christ ASAP so you can enjoy life knowing that you Know the Creator and Saved by His sacrifice.
Ella's comment on 2013-07-15 00:06:00:
The bible says you must be water baptized, also baptized by the holy spirit. The only way to enter the gate of heaven.
Stephenderafael's comment on 2013-05-24 23:15:39:
I believe people misunderstand this verse, enough that a sect was established with it's own morality and political persuasion. Flesh is flesh and spirit is spirit. Without the flesh there is no Salvation. How can you show God your Heart and desire for Him, or can you perform righteous deeds from the grave. Water is a symbol of nourishment in the Bible from The river through Eden, the water in the rock, the wells of Jacob, the waterpots of wine. The flesh is born and nourished from the womb of a Woman. Jesus himself was born of woman but he lived be the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. One who is devoid of the spirit is lifeless though his heart keeps him alive biologically. To be born of the spirit is to discriminate between the human heart and the holy spirit, our free will and the will of the Father. Rightly divide, understand that Jesus demonstrated that the life of the body and the holy spirit are distinct. The ritual baptism is nothing. Baptism is a real change and not a ceremony. Jesus was full before he was baptized which is why John said that he should be baptized of Jesus. Flesh profits nothing. It flowers and is destroyed entirely. The resurrection, the life is from God, the holy spirit, and his son who lived it on earth.
Maria's comment on 2012-11-09 19:08:46:
John 3:5 Jesus 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. Based on the research I have done, born of water means Jesus, He is the living waters. Of the Spirit is when you come to believe have the faith, the trust and accept, that Jesus is truly the Son of God, who came down from heaven, from the Father, to pay for our sins, who suffered, was crucified, died, and on the third day was risen back to life. Jesus is the only way to eternal life, that He is the bread of life, and the Savior of the world. When you come to this stage, the Holy Spirit comes to live in you and your heart becomes circumcised and all you pretty much want to do is to please and obey God, and your resistance to sin is stronger. Mind you need to keep eating the bread of life which again is Jesus. In order to stay healthy and alive, you need water to wash with, and you also need water to drink and food to eat. To gain eternal life it is the same thing, but it is not water and food from this world, it is Jesus. You are baptized through Jesus, the living water, and you need to get the bread of life, again Jesus.
Maddox's comment on 2012-09-14 16:05:40:
Jesus is the water, the water of LIFE, John 3:5 also reads John 4:14. I think the water and spirit consist in believing on his name, in him Christ, is the saving grace, Christ will save you. Just like the BIBLE says so.
Artlip Of Blythe's comment on 2011-03-29 19:10:21:
John 3:5 is definatly WATER BAPTISM...We must be born of the water (H20) and the Spirit...
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