To be a ‘born again’ Christian, then, really is what being Christian is all about: seeing Jesus as God and accepting our calling to a new destiny through Him.Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island.But it also would have been startling to consider for the Greek-speaking audience that had these words read to them. This conviction was rooted in ancient myth: the familiar image of three goddesses, or ‘fates,’ setting someone’s fate by the cutting of string. Here both translations of the Greek in John 3:3 elaborate on what Jesus is saying.In the first place, He is talking about a new birth and hence being born again. Even today this has a startling ring to it: the idea that someone can receive a new destiny seems contrary to the very notion of destiny. Notably, citizenship is closely connected to this idea of destiny.” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit (John 3:1-6; NABRE). is also consistent with the Greek while also fitting in with the context—where Nicodemus clearly takes Jesus to be referring to a second birth.He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on and A native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history.
He is a former news editor at Go Local and was a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he covered the 2008 presidential primary.
It is a person; it is he.” Defined this way, the two statements start to line up.
Nicodemus is talking about one way of seeing Jesus—as teacher, miracle-worker, one ‘with’ God.
Let us return to the context one more time to find out what it is.
The encounter begins with Nicodemus commending Jesus in a way that is common among non-Christians today.