Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: had come to Jesus by night and said, “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.” That is when Jesus then answered Nicodemus and said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews which means he was a commander, a chief, a leader and a magistrate. Nicodemus could not have been those things except he was well educated and versed in the Hebrew law. How else would he have been able to judge and lead the Hebrews unless he was considered learned in their law?
Even though Nicodemus was skillful in the law he had not as of yet had a birth into who Jesus Christ really was as evidenced by the fact that he addressed Jesus as Rabbi. He knew Jesus was a teacher come from God but he did not yet understand that Jesus was the only begotten Son of God and the Savior of the world. That is why Jesus then begins to explain to Nicodemus, a magistrate in Israel, that he must be born again.
What we know about religion and the law of God means nothing if we haven’t been born again. We must be regenerated by the water and by the Spirit of God to enter into the kingdom of God. If we have truly been born again the fruits of the Spirit will begin to come forth in our lives instead of the works of the flesh. It doesn’t matter if I belong to a church or how high I have climbed up in the religious hierarchy if the fruits of the Spirit are not coming forth in my life. It’s not about what we know, which church we belong to or what position and title we hold. It’s about a love relationship with our Creator and Redeemer and it’s about the love, joy and peace, the mercy and compassion that is born in my heart and life from that relationship.
It’s about knowing Jesus Christ and who He is and developing my own personal relationship with Him.