Modern Modesty

A very warm welcome to the RENEW Blog! We’re on week two and today we will be looking at John chapter 3. Rachael shares her thoughts on these scriptures and we pray that it really resonates with you.

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

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John Chapter 3:1-15

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

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Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

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10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.

12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?

13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

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There are so many things we could take from Chapter 3 from the book of John, but as I read the stories and conversations throughout this chapter, I can’t help but notice a running theme – Humility.

Let’s see why…..

At the beginning of this chapter we read about a man called Nicodemus, a highly respected Jewish leader, who comes to speak to Jesus.

Nicodemus, in fear of ridicule, visits Jesus at night. It’s clear he didn’t want anyone to see him and it’s possible that he was even ashamed or embarrassed to have any association with Jesus. What would his associates think of him, speaking to a man who claimed to be the Messiah?

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Interestingly enough, the name ‘Nicodemus’ means ‘Conqueror’ and later on, in chapter 7, we read that Nicodemus advises his colleagues among “the chief priests and the Pharisees”, to hear and investigate before making a judgment concerning Jesus. Would Nicodemus’ go on to ‘conquer’ the negative opinions of his elite group of people, through his love and knowledge of the Messiah?  

Jesus and Nicodemus then continue to have a conversation about rebirth, or as translated, to be ‘born from above’. Nicodemus was seeking knowledge and therefore couldn’t understand what Jesus meant when he said we must be ‘born again’. Nicodemus was only seeing things through human eyes, rather than spiritual eyes.

In verse 5, Jesus refers to the water being the Word of God that cleanses us and gives us life, confirmed in the following verse:

1 Peter 1:23  (TPT)

For through the eternal and living Word of God you have been born again. And this “seed” that he planted within you can never be destroyed but will live and grow inside of you forever.

In verse 8, Jesus informs Nicodemus that the spirit wind blows where He chooses, meaning that the Spirit-Wind chooses everybody.

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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

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This had never, ever been revealed before….. GOD. LOVES. THE. WORLD. EVERYONE! Up until now God’s love had only been for Jews, so this was completely revolutionary.

Notice though that it says ‘Everyone who believes in him’. The world has a part to play in this. He gives to us first but only if we truly believe. In the amplified version it expands to say; ‘trust in, rely on and cling to’. We must deeply believe and rely upon this truth to receive eternal life.

Eternal life doesn’t just mean life after death, it refers to this life too. The play on words are that Jesus places the word ‘perish’ before having everlasting life, meaning that it is possible we can be perishing even while we are still alive.

Next, in verse 27 we read about a conversation that John has with his disciples, following an argument with a particular Jewish man. We aren’t sure who this man was but I bet it was someone that was extremely worried about losing his power and authority.

Look what John says – 

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John 3:27-30 The Passion Translation (TPT)

27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.

30 He must become greater; I must become less.”

So what we have in a very quick whistle stop tour of John chapter 3 and an insight of what it looks like to take on ‘Modern Modesty’ as a disciple of Jesus:

  1. We have to humble ourselves enough to ask to be born again of the spirit.
  2. God loves all of us equally and uniquely but we must trust in Jesus
  3. In order for Jesus to work in our lives, He must increase, and our old self diminish.

How do you think we can ensure we are living this way?

This week’s Study Scripture

1 Peter 1:23  (TPT)

For through the eternal and living Word of God you have been born again. And this “seed” that he planted within you can never be destroyed but will live and grow inside of you forever. 

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CLICK HERE for this week’s playlist, songs chosen are:

  • In you I live by Housefires
  • Here I am to worship by Hillsong
  • Open the eyes of my heart by Michael W Smith

See you all next Tuesday and don’t forget to check out our YouTube video this Thursday, featuring Rachael and Hayley who will be chatting candidly about 1 Peter 1:23 and what it means to them.

IMG_7787Don’t forget to comment and let us know your thoughts on this week’s study scripture.

 

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