“5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6
Born of water, which speaks of natural child birth, represents a child; a baby being born of their mother’s womb. On the other hand, born of the Spirit, that which occurs when one decides to receive the reconciliation unto God through the Cross of Christ, which is the only Sacrifice God will accept for the sin of man and is freely given to whosoever will receive this spiritual birth.
While a baby, born of the flesh, is but a child who looks unto their parents for all that they need. So too does the babe in Christ look unto God the Father for all that they need. The Cross of Christ afforded us this ability. If not for Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross, no one would be reconciled to God. We would remain spiritually dead unto God because of Adam’s fall. Before the Cross of Christ, Old Testament Saints were reconciled unto God through the blood of bulls and goats but Adam’s sin was still imputed unto them. Once they died, they went to “Paradise” a place in hell separated by a great gulf where they were comforted until Jesus came and “led captivity captive”.
“8 Wherefore He said, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.)” Ephesians 4:8-10
As Jesus Christ descended unto the hell (NOT the burning part of hell) and led satan’s captivity (the Old Testament Saints) captive, Jesus then ascended up and made a show of the devil’s principalities and powers openly…triumphing over them.
“14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:14-15
The absolute blasphemous teaching of those who declare Jesus died spiritually and suffered the devil’s torments for 3 days on the burning side of hell is heresy to the uttermost and is proclaimed behind many pulpits in the modern church is the reason for the condition of the modern church. They truly have no understanding of the Atonement and have preached another Jesus and another gospel which has ministered death to the people. Instead of faith in Jesus’ victory at the Cross, of which the born again Believer is to be buried with Him, into His Death, their faith is directed to His Resurrection which is indeed PROOF that every sin was atoned but if we know Who Jesus is and what He did, the victory of which was won on Calvary’s Cross, by default we have no doubt unto His glorious Resurrection. He is alive and we know that we know that we know because we as born again Believers, born of the Spirit of God, have been buried with Him on Calvary’s Cross and the power of sin has been broken in our lives which We are able to live unto God.