UV 2281/10000 Born of the Spirit
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit
John 3 v 8
The person born of the flesh is imprisoned by its desires and cannot move freely like the wind. The person born of the Spirit of God and the word of Christ is freed spiritually from every bondage. There is of course, a struggle between the person born of the flesh and the person born of the spirit. The victorious believer is able to bring the person born of the flesh under the control and direction of the person born of the spirit. The person born of the spirit is unpredictable like the wind. Though he is unpredictable in the way he is used and in what is accomplished by the Lord through him, his character and conduct are consistent. The person who is born of the Spirit lives to satisfy the spiritual purpose with which man has been created. Like the wind, he goes to the place which pleases the Lord. He says the things that pleases the Lord. He does the things that pleases the Lord. His spirit is not of this world but is the of the Lord. He is sent by the Lord to do His bidding. His priorities are different. The person born in this world is like Esau who sold his birth right for a pot of meat. The person born of the Spirit is able to give precedence to his spiritual hunger over his physical appetite. He looks to the Lord for the satisfaction of His earthly needs.
The person born of the Spirit acknowledges Jesus as His personal Saviour and Lord. He goes where Jesus sends him. He receives His daily manna that inspires, guides, leads and encourages him. Like the wind, he drives the cloud of blessings that come with the presence of God to where he goes. He is in constant communion with the Spirit of God and is of one mind with Him. The destiny of the person born again of the Spirit is in the hands of the Lord. He determines the path on which he should tread.
To the person born of the Spirit, the Lord reveals His word and His will. The seed of the Lord is the word and it is the word that brought forth new life in the believer. He practices conscious and selective starving and dying to the old self and conscious feeding and living of the new self in Christ. The old life should pass away and the new should thrive. The old life was born of the seed of this world, of sin, of separation from God. The new life is born of the seed of truth, of Jesus who revealed Himself as the way, the truth and the life. The new life is full of the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and humility. The new life is full of wisdom, not of this world but of the Spirit of God. The person born again of the Spirit is prepared and equipped with spiritual gifts to exercise the calling or offices of priest, king, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher, ambassador, apostle of Christ.
Prateep V Philip