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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
3:7 Ye must be born again - To be born again, is to be inwardly changed from all sinfulness to all holiness. It is fitly so called, because as great a change then passes on the soul as passes on the body when it is born into the world.
Joh 3:7 Ye must be born again. The necessity is implied in the word "kingdom" in Joh 3:5. No one born a citizen of England can become a citizen of the United States without complying with our naturalization laws. The kingdom of God has its naturalization laws, and there is no other way of entrance than to be born of water and of the Spirit. We may not understand all the mysteries of the new birth, any more than we do those of the natural birth, but we can understand what has to be done and what is necessary. Two things are needful: the spirit must be renewed; we must be baptized.
Tim Smith's comment on 2013-02-08 13:40:38:
This conversation was not to a nation, but to each individual, as Nicodemus replied should a man enter again into his mother's womb. Jesus stated if a man not a nation or a group but individual is not born of water and spirit he shall not see the kingdom of God.
Tom Allan's comment on 2013-02-06 13:43:39:
Jesus is saying to Nicodemus, ThouNicodemus, Ye The Nation Israel must be born again. Thou is singular while Ye is plural. The nation Israel must be born again, not the individual.
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