"In reply Jesus declared, 'I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'" NIV
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." KJV
When God "declares" or speaks the same word twice, it is a call so powerfully important to listen with all our attention. If we don't, we will miss the critical gift of power to follow him. The kingdom of God is not a place far away that is waiting for those who have been born again. Once we become believers, we are given spiritual vision to see that God's kingdom is all around us. It cannot be perceived with our physical senses. It is available to us as God's own so that we can see what God's kingdom is like and how we are to take on His nature to dwell with Him, not some sometime in the future, but now, not somewhere far away, but right here.
Heavenly Father, our vision of Your kingdom seems to get limited because we use our senses and finite understanding to recognize it. Give us insight through rebirth into Your kingdom so that we can know Your kingdom is right here with us now. We ask in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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