My beloved sister Angela Loundes,
We are saved by grace THROUGH FAITH.
« For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast(Ephesians 2 : 8-9) » .
Notice that FAITH through which we are saved comes from the WORD OF GOD.
« Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ (Romans 10:17) ».
So we realize that we are saved by the WORD OF GOD.
Jesus Christ teaches that we must be born of WATER and the SPIRIT before entering the kingdom of God.
« Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit »( John 3:5).
“ Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified”( John 7:38-39).
“ he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit”(Titus 3:5).
The NEW BIRTH AND SALVATION ARE THE TWO FACES OF THE SAME MEDAL.
IF ONE IS REALLY SAVED BY FAITH THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD, THIS ONE IS ALSO BORN AGAIN THROUGH THE LIVING AND ENDURING WORD OF GOD.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”( Ephesians 2:10).
So, what did the message of Jesus to Nicodemus mean? Jesus wanted to say to Nicodemus that he was certainly a doctor of the law, but he needed to have the true revelation of the WORD OF GOD in order to understand the things God which lead to the new birth.
Because the Church of Jesus-Christ is built on REVELATION!!!!!!!!
“ Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it”(Matthew 16:17-18).
“At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children”(Matthew 11:25)..
In conclusion, both salvation and new birth are possible only by the washing with WATER through the WORD OF JESUS-CHRIST.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless”(Ephesians 5:25-27).
I Hope this can help!
May God bless you!
Your brother Germain
Slave of Jesus Christ