That Which is Born of the Spirit is Spirit

Revelation 21:10 says, “And he carried me [the apostle John] away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” To see New Jerusalem involves our human spirit. Verses in the prior post present the existence of our human spirit as a distinct part of our being.

The first part of John 3 is about being born again, born anew. John 3:6b says, “that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” This is accomplished by the divine Spirit giving life to our human spirit. Prior to believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, we were dead in offenses (Ephesians 2:1) and at the same time were carrying out the desires of our flesh and our thoughts (v. 3). These verses cover our tripartite being: we were active in lusts in our flesh (our body) and our thoughts (our mind, part of our soul) but were dead in our spirit. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ” (v. 4-5). Although we suffered the death that came in through sin, God made us alive with His life in our spirit by His Spirit.

John 3:6 says that our spirit is born of the Spirit and verse 8 speaks of “everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Everyone who has been born again of the Spirit in his or her human spirit is, in God’s view, a whole person, a new person, born of the Spirit. God has this view because the life we received when we were born again will spread through our whole tripartite being.

When we were dead in spirit we were in darkness because death and darkness go together. Now, having been born of the Spirit in our spirit, we are qualified to see New Jerusalem.

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