John 3:3 – Jesus answered him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Are you ever mystified by the fact that many people do not understand or follow the Gospel of Christ? I am a minister, and I am still often surprised by the fact that the peace and joy of the Good News of the Messiah is rejected by people. It seems so simple and beautiful to me that sometimes I just don’t understand why others are so opposed to it.
The main obstacle to the present blessings of the Gospel are our sins, but Jesus was born to take away the sins of His people. Therefore, while sin can cloud the vision of God’s children, it is not insurmountable. These are ones to whom the Good News means the most. These are the ones to whom Jesus was sent.
Lest we be overly discouraged, the Lord also said that in order for one to see, much less enter the Kingdom of God, he must be born again of the Spirit (John 3:1-8). Though His children were dead in sins, the Lord raises them up anew (Ephesians 2:1). These reborn children can see and enter the Kingdom, but by extension, those not born again cannot see or enter it. These same ones are earlier said to be “born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13).
In the end, it is clear that without the Spirit of God we are nothing, and not all have the Spirit. Remember this the next time you are rebuffed or witness the same. “All men have not faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:2b). However, your ministry to others is not without worth. “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:20). When we make way for the Lord in someone’s life, we may show them the Kingdom that their sins were hiding. Give God the Glory, but do not sit back and watch the world burn.