The Nicodemian Precept: "Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
Many in Christendom today teach that except a man see the kingdom of God, as represented in the gospel message, he cannot be born again. Jesus Christ taught precisely the opposite saying, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
Many preach that if you will just believe then you will be born again. In so doing they are teaching that the Spirit is the fruit of faith. In stark contrast the bible teaches that faith is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) In both instances a proper understanding of the Nicodemian precept is essential to a proper understanding of the mechanics of how God imparts eternal life to a man as a monergistic act of sovereign grace.
Challenging Sermon! This is one powerful, challenging sermon. It "opens a can of religious worms" so to speak. It pushes you to really search what salvation truly is. And the answer is that you have nothing to do with your salvation -- God's Grace gives you Faith in Jesus Christ to understand the Gospel, but only because God has opened your fleshly eyes into seeing everything Spiritually -- He does it all, and you have to challenge yourself almost daily to understand this. You have nothing to do with your salvation -- it is all a Gift of God and accept that and live a Godly life with the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes you have to see and fight the battle over again because your flesh still causes confusion. The only remedy is to study the Holy Scriptures more deeply with an open mind to see the Truth.