Lance Lambert of Blessed Memory

Videos

  1. The Cost of Intercession by Lance Lambert
    • Profile
      • Lance Lambert, of blessed memory, speaks at one of The Jerusalem Channel’s conferences on the cost of being an intercessor for Israel and the nations.
    • Videos

 

In-depth

The Cost of Intercession by Lance Lambert

  1. Intercessor
    • The word intercession has been greatly devalued
    • Many people come to me claiming that they are an intercessor
    • Many people are in prayer
  2. Real Intercessor
    • An intercessory is the deepest prayer
    • Journey to the throne of God
  3. World
    • This world is essentially a Spiritual World
    • You can not see Satan, but he exists
  4. Soul Versus Spiritual
    • It is not a spiritual thing
    • It is a soul thing
  5. Real Intercessory
    • Begins when God Reveals his mind
      • Abraham
        • I will destroy this nation, Sodom
      • Moses
        • I will destroy these people
  6. What is the mystery
    • Why
      • Why do we have to pray into it when God has said he will do it
      • We are a load of  Problems
      • Why do we have to be mindful
    • It is a good Question, and I
      • If you do not pray, I will not answer
      • If you do not intercede, I will not fulfill my purpose
    • Reasons
      • God seeks fellowship
      • Come into a place where we can read the mind of God
      • Educated and Trained for Eternal Purpose

Colicchie – Rapping about LIFE

 

BIO

genius.com/artists/Colicchie
Link
Chas “Colicchie” Smith is a little known rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Hip Hop is his life and you can tell by the lyrical content and substance in his songs, which allowed him to go out his numerous periods using drugs (he had 6 overdoses, as he say in To Whom It may Concern)

 

Video

  1. Colicchie – Come Back Home
    • Colicchie – Come Back Home with lyrics
      Channel :- Colicchie
      Published On :- 2015-June-26th
      Link
  2. Colicchie – To Whom It May Concern
    • To Whom it may concern – Part 3
      Channel :- Colicchie
      Published On :- 2016-Jan-26th
      Link
    • To Whom it may concern – Part 1
      Channel :- Colicchie
      Published On :- 2012-Dec-5th
      Link
  3. Drug Addiction
    Channel :- Colicchie
    Published On :- 2017-Sept-19th
    Link
  4. My own thoughts
    Channel :- Colicchie
    Published On :- 2016-April-2nd
    Link
  5. Pursuit of Loneliness
    Channel :- Colicchie
    Published On :- 2016-April-2nd
    Link
  6. Written with Love
    Published On :- 2010-May-23rd
    Link
  7. Colicchie ” Never Giving Up ” ( prod by Ghost Beats )
    • Vidoes
      • Colicchie ” Never Giving Up ” ( prod by Ghost Beats )
        Channel :- Colicchie
        Published :- 2017-Dec-18th
        Added On :- 2018-June-4th
        Link

 

Lyrics

Come Back Home

 

I know it has been a while since we spoke
But I can see it in your face that you’re spiritually broke
I know you are modest and you don’t like to boast
but I always see you fighting and you never give up hope
you’ll be yourself again it’s gonna take a while
I know you are not happy you don’t gotta fake a smile

You use to be the best son to your mother
now you are stuck feeling sorry for yourself, under the covers
Be yourself with me, that’s all that I am asking you
I want you back, want you healthy want you laughing too
So when you’re feeling down and out with them shattered views
be a man, just do everything you have to do

You need to stop all them suicidal thoughts
and when you are going crazy, it is vital that you talk

I wish that you could see, everything that I see in you
It’s something special, and I wish you would believe it too

It is hard to pray when you are resentful at God, so odd
thinking you are in charge, but is really just a mirage
Barricaded, but I see you ‘re shoving hard
and if you fuck her, it will not cover them scars

Listen you seem distant from everything that you are going through
One of the strongest people that I ever met is you
You gotta pick yourself up and never turn back
everybody makes mistakes I hope you have learned that

 

It is rough praying to the same God that you blame
And, when it is time to go, God will find it suitable
Until then it is one foot in front of the other

 

You are going down south to get your head straight
Focus on improvement as you are cutting off the dead weight

and that stuff you are dealing with that’s slowing killing you inside

 

you got to move forward just be willing to try
You gotta find gratitude, you’re breathing, still alive
Yea, I know, you wanted to die just last month
the fuel was on the fire pulling triggers on gas pumps
So come back better, show everyone it’s a new you
you can do anything in this world that you choose to
This camouflaged agony’s really what we just call life
Trust me, I promise you, everything will be alright
You never let me down, and now I need a friend
I miss you Chas, and I’m praying that we meet again

Colicchie – To Whom It May Concern

Colicchie – To Whom It May Concern – Part 3

I am rapping about my life to whom it may concern

Roman Trachuk

 

Videos

  1. Prayer
    • Prayer of Intercession
      • Videos
        • Roman Trachuk – Life of Prayer: Prayer of Intercession // Part 1 (Church of Truth)
          Channel :- Church of Truth
          Streamed Live on :- 2015-Jan-11th
          Link
        • Roman Trachuk – Why Jesus Prayed (Church of Truth)
          Channel :- Church of Truth
          Streamed Live on :- 2015-Jan-11th
          Link
        • Roman Trachuk – Why Jesus Prayed (Church of Truth)
          Channel :- Church of Truth
          Streamed Live on :- 2015-Jan-11th
          Link
        • Roman Trachuk – Why Jesus Prayed (Church of Truth)
          Channel :- Church of Truth
          Streamed Live on :- 2015-Jan-11th
          Link
        • Roman Trachuk – Why Jesus Prayed (Church of Truth)
          Channel :- Church of Truth
          Streamed Live on :- 2015-Jan-11th
          Link
        • Roman Trachuk – Why Jesus Prayed (Church of Truth)
          Channel :- Church of Truth
          Streamed Live on :- 2015-Jan-11th
          Link
        • Roman Trachuk – Seated with Christ (Ephesians // Ephesus)
          Channel :- Church of Truth
          Streamed Live on :- 2017-Dec-11th
          Link
  2. Maturity
    • Roman Trachuk – Make Maturity Your Goal (Church of Truth)
      Channel :- Church of Truth
      Streamed Live on :- 2017-May-22nd
      Link

 

Indepth

Prayer

Prayer of Intercession

Prayer of Intercession – Part 1

  1. Lester Sumrall
    • God raised up prayer warriors
    • It was night there, but Day her
  2. Verses
    • And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ( Ephesians 6:18 )
    • Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. ( James 5:13-16 )
      • Power released in heaven
      • Not you, but the Lord will raise him up
      • If he has committed sins, he will be forgiven
      • Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another
  3. Prayer and authority of Intercessory prayer
  4. Power of life and death is in the tongue
    • The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. ( Proverbs 18:21 )
  5. Nehemiah
    • Nehemiah Prayer ( Nehemiah 1:4-8 )
      Link
      As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned.We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses.
    • Daniel
      • Daniel’s Prayer for His People ( Daniel 9:3-7 )
        Link
        Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame
      • Daniel’s Prayer for His People ( Daniel 9:17-19 )
        Link
        Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
      • Gabriel Angelic Visitation
        Daniel’s Prayer for His People ( Daniel 9:20-23 )
        At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out
        , and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision.
  6. Intercession
    • Intercession is coming in between
    • Coming in between things

 

Why Jesus Prayed

  1. Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives ( Luke 22:42-44 )
    Link
    …“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
    Then an angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.
    And in His anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.…
  2. Fellow Workers ( Colossians 4:2-4 )
    Link
    …Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful,
    as you pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.
    Pray that I may declare it clearly, as I should.…
  3. What prayer is not
    • It is not an option
    • It is not an obligation
  4. Struggle
    • I think the reason why we struggle most in prayer is because we do not see results
    • But, that is a different message, for a different day

 

Seated With Christ

  1. Ephesians
    • Messages
      • Opposition to Church
      • Application
      • Warfare
    • Spiritual Warfare ( Acts 19  [ Link ] )
      • When Paul started to preach there was a lot of opposition
      • Many people started to receive Deliverance
    • Message designed to circle around other Churches
    • Seated with Christ
      • Connected to death, burial, and resurrection
    • Time with God
      • Seated
        • Principle of Rest
        • Position myself with Seating before Christ

 

Prayer

Roman Trachuk – Make Maturity Your Goal (Church of Truth)

  1. We have to be humble.
  2. What is the value of the truth if it does not change us.

 

Additional Insight

  1. Bible.Org
    • Nehemiah
      • Lesson 1: The Man Who Cried About a Wall (Nehemiah 1:1-11)
        Link
  2. Russell Korets
    • A Pastor’s Blog; By Russell Korets
      Link

Nabeel Qureshi – These things remain – “Faith, Hope, & Love”

Background

It has been a tough couple of days for me.
On Tuesday I realized the parting of Brother Nabeel Qureshi and I have been down ever since.
Took a mental, psychological Day Off from work yesterday.
Was able to ride the Coastline and I am just so thankful.

Comforting Words

As Ravi Zacharias said on one of his lectures, irrespective of the gifts and words of an Apologist what often wins out is Love.

Amir Yunas

A Tribute to Nabeel Qureshi

Nabeels Life summarized by his true childhood friend. I Don’t promote the teachings of Nabeel whatsoever, however, this is childhood friend, and I feel sad, so I shared my heart.
Link

 

Hear, O Israel : the Lord, our God is one Lord

Reunite me with my children and my family once again
For a guy in a strange place ( earth ) tends to get lonely
And, I have a lot of distress and anxiety over my little children
It feels almost like when I remember them, I melt and dissolve away
However, I have thrown away the reins and leashes controlling my affair
To the One who handle the affairs of our lives in strange and mysterious ways
He is one Compassionately forgiven, Always around me, and my source of Shelter and Refuge
With his will and support, to Him do I humbly supplicate, bessege, and turn in repentance
My God, you know how my situation is
So my master, is there relieve Close By
Oh Rewarder of the Day of Judgement, Relieve!
( Relieve)  My Concerns that keep creeping into my heart.
And, tie my rope to the rope of your pleasure, and look to me, and turn to me, so that I can turn back to you

And, overlook ( shepard) my protection take control of my support
And, strengthen my vulnerabilities when I am exposed to problems
And, inspire me to praise you throughout my life

For indeed, with your remembrance, this worldly life becomes pleasant
And, say to the servant of the most merciful and whoever comes after him
For them, is a share from the valleys of our kindness

Therefore my thoughts regarding you are beautiful
My support and lifeline ( God )

And, the pastures of my sweet tasting hopes and wishes are fertile
And, send blessings upon the prophet and his people for as love as the Nightingale sings on the Arak Tree

 

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Mortal Choice

Link

Basis for True Spirituality

  1. Natural Balava
    • In regards to me two groups of people should be destroyed.  He who loves me too much that love takes him from what is correct; and he who hates me too much that hate takes him from what is correct.
    • In regards to me, it is he who follows the middle course.
      And, so be with him, and be with the great majority of muslims, because Allah’s hand of protection is with the maintenance of unity, you should  beware of division
    • The one isolated from the group is a prey to Satan, just as the one isolated from the flock is a prey to the wolves
  2. Mercy
    • When they found Allah they found him to of great mercy
  3. Benevolence
    • Allah is forgiven. All of them were following a “nair?” which we suppose to be good.
      You can not base a spiritual life on suspiciousness, cursing and allocating blame.
    • If you want uprightness in the world, make sure you do it in yourself.
  4. Community
    • You can not go your own
    • Benefit Inclusiveness

Scriptures

  1. Holy, yet Merciful
    • The LORD said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. ( Leviticus 16:2 )
  2. God Entreaty
    • Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.
      The LORD spoke to Gad, David’s seer…
      Now, therefore, consider what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.”
      David said to Gad, “I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the LORD ( 1st Chronicles 21 )
  3. God Knows
    • But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his” ( 2nd Timothy 2:19 )
  4. Motives
    • but the Lord weighs the spirit  ( Proverbs 16:2 )
    • For the word of God is living and active … and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ( Hebrews 4:12 )
  5. Moderation
    • He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. ( Proverbs 16:32 )
  6.  Mourning
    • David Mourns for Abner
      …So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the will of the king to put Abner the son of Ner to death.
      Then the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil.”… ( 2nd Samuel 3:37-38 )
  7. Cursing
    • Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. ( Ecclesiastes 10:10 )
  8. Laying Down Our Departed
    • The Death and Burial of Sarah
      …And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.
      He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there. ( Genesis 23:13 )
  9.  Offering
    • Cost Nothing
      David Builds an Altar
      …”Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.”
      However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
      David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.
      ( 2 Samuel 24:23-25 )
    • “But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King,” says the LORD of hosts ( Malachi 1:14 )

In personal expressions

Brother Nabeel, you encouraged and emboldened so many.

Great Lord of Hosts, you have given us and always give us your best.  Ever so often  you do ask for our best, as a qualifier of a great pledge on your part.

Though young, yet weaned, as Hannah did centuries before “we turn Nabeel over to you Lord”.

We are accepting that “No one knows the things of God, except God’s Spirit.” 

Nabeel & Michelle Qureshi – “The Wind and the Waves still know his name”

Quotes

Michelle Qureshi

Link

The Wind and the Waves still know his name

You cannot walk this alone

Nabeel Qureshi

He is sovereign and I love him

Link

Hazem Farraj

God has not changed

Link

 

Videos

  1. Nabeel Qureshi
    • God is a God of Love
      Nabeel’s word from a video made by Nabeel Qureshi’s great friend, David Wood
      Published On :- 2017-Sept-26th
      Link
    • His Prayer before passing away
      Channel :- CBN News
      Published :- 2017-Sept-18th
      Link
    • NABEEL QURESHI (1983-2017) – VLOG IN 4 Minutes
      Channel :- Natha
      Published :- 2017-Sept-18th
      Link
    • Vlog 24 – Ayah and Mark Mittelberg
      In this unnecessarily emotional video, I discuss some thoughts that arose after the visit of my good friend Mark Mittelberg and give you a quick glimpse of my daughter Ayah
      Channel :- NQ Ministries
      Published :- 2017-April-13th
      Link
  2. Michelle Qureshi
    • Vlog 30 – Michelle’s Thoughts and Advice
      In this video I ask my bride Michelle some questions about this season of life, and some thoughts to share with others going through similar situations.
      Published On :- 2017-May-23rd
      Link
    • Vlog 44 – A More Glorious End
      Published On :- 2017-Sept-26th
      Link
  3. Amir Yunas
    • A Tribute to Nabeel Qureshi
      Nabeels Life summarized by his true childhood friend. I Don’t promote the teachings of Nabeel whatsoever, however, this is childhood friend, and I feel sad, so I shared my heart. NOTE: Please turn ON subtitles to get a translation to the Arabic Poetry. At the end of my few words is a photo tribute to Nabeel’s Life and the translation to the Arabic Poem.
      Published On :- 2017-Sept-18th

      Link
  4. Nabeel’s Dad
    • Vlog 33 – A Very Special Guest: My Dad!
      In this Vlog I introduce my Abba, give a clarification on my shirt, and an update on my health 🙂 Immunotherapy on Monday!
      Published On :- 2017-June-9th
      Link
  5. Ravi Zacharias
    • Ravi Zacharias Eulogy at Nabeel Qureshi’s Funeral
      Published On :- 2017-Sept-21st
      Link

 

pInterest

  1. Daniel Adeniji
    • Nabeel & Michelle Qureshi
      Link

Michael Ramsden – 2017

 

Videos

  1. MICHAEL RAMSDEN – Apologetics and Discipleship
    • MICHAEL RAMSDEN – Apologetics and Discipleship
      Filmed on 2 March 2017, at the open church leaders’ meeting at Nations Church, Dunedin during the Ravi Zacharias Dunedin Visit in 2017
      Published on :- 2017-May-14th

      Link
  2. The Peace Process
    • The Peace Process – Michael Ramsden
      We often lose our internal sense of peace not necessary because of things people have done against us but because of the things we have done to our selves
      Published on :- 2017-Jan-29th
      Link
  3.  Jonah
    • Michael Ramsden on Jonah 1: 1-16, “God speaks”
      “Do you really want to hear the word of the Lord? What if the word of the Lord tells you what you do not want to hear?” Hear Michael Ramsden’s Bible exposition on the first chapter of Jonah, given on day 1 of Presence 17, the IFES European Student Evangelism Conference.
      Published on :- 2017-May-25th
      Link
    • Michael Ramsden on Jonah 2: 1-11, “God does not give up”
      “God can turn around any situation.” Hear Michael Ramsden’s Bible exposition on the second chapter of Jonah, given on day 2 of Presence 17, the IFES European Student Evangelism Conference.
      Published on :- 2017-May-2nd
      Link
    • Michael Ramsden on Jonah 3:1-10 “A merciful God”
      “When we place the little we have into the hands of God; he can change the world.” Hear Michael Ramsden’s Bible exposition on the third chapter of Jonah, given on day 3 of Presence 17, the IFES European Student Evangelism Conference.
      Published on :- 2017-May-2nd
      Link
    • Michael Ramsden on Jonah 3:1-10 “A merciful God”
      “When we place the little we have into the hands of God; he can change the world.” Hear Michael Ramsden’s Bible exposition on the third chapter of Jonah, given on day 3 of Presence 17, the IFES European Student Evangelism Conference.
      Published on :- 2017-May-2nd
      Link

 

Indepth

MICHAEL RAMSDEN – Apologetics and Discipleship

  1. We can not serve two masters
    • If you try to have it both ways, you will find you have too much of God to enjoy the pleasures of the world. And, too much of the pleasures of the world in you to enjoy the pleasures of God
    • You gonna lose in both spectrums
  2. Apologetics
    • Appears 26 times in the scripture
    • Paul’s calling is to give a defense of the scripture
    • Philosophical arms of Theology, or the theology arm of philosophy
      • Neither can be scripturally sustained
  3. Festus Interrupts Paul’s Defense
    …King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”
    Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Can you persuade me in such a short time to become a Christian?”
    Short time or long,” Paul replied, “I wish to God that not only you but all who hear me this day may become what I am, except for these chains.”… ( Acts 26:28 )

    • Long discussion and what is the aim?
      • Agrippa
        • You want me to become a Christian
        • Do you really think you can convince me that quick?
      • Michael Ramsden
        • I do not want to get involved in that textual debate
  4. We need Christians in all the fields
    • Archaeology
  5. Difficult Questions
    • And, here are some of them
      • God allow suffering
      • Loving God Judge people
      • Why is he not more obvious
      • Wars and genocide in the Old Testament
      • Why are so many Christians Hypocrites
    • What joins all these questions together
      • They are all moral complaints against God’s character
  6. If those moral questions persists, it is difficult to give oneself over to a God whom we hold moral complaints
  7. To believe in Christ, you have to place your faith in him, but if you have doubt inclusive…
    • He is morally wrong
    • Fundamentally unjust
    • God has an inner conflict within himself
  8. Moral complaints about the Church
    • Hate people
    • Judge people
  9. Technical and Scientifical Complaints
    • Even those who hold technical complaints about God, dovetail into moral complaints
      • God is
        • A tyrant
        • Scientific critique

Biblical Hermeneutics – Does the idea of being “born again” have a root earlier than John/Peter (or Jesus)?

Question

In Stack Exchange – Biblical Hermeneutics, Soldarnal asked whether the idea of being “Born Again” has roots earlier than John 3:3, Jesus conversation with Nicodemus.

Link

 

Comment-er

ScottS, who has an “M.A. in Bible Exposition, Master of Divinity, and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology” took a good swing at it and traced it back to Job.

Answer

Here is his proposed answer.

Nicodemus Should Have Known from the Old Testament

That the Old Testament is the source of the doctrine is confirmed by Christ Himself, for Nicodemus was supposed to have known these things. A slightly larger context helps see this:

Jn 3:3-10 (NKJV)

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again [or “born from above,” see below], he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh [i.e. of woman], and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit [i.e. of God]. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?

Verse 10 clearly indicates that Christ expected that Nicodemus should be following Christ’s previous statements because he was one of those that taught Israel the scriptures. So the concept certainly is not “new” with Jesus, but rather one contained in Israel’s teachings. However, that does not mean it is found as directly stated in the OT as what Christ is stating here.

Clarifying Christ’s Meaning

So Christ introduces the “born again” concept to the discussion and links it to the Jewish expectation of the kingdom of God (v.3). The phrase “born again” in the Greek is two words.

The first word is that typically used for one’s birth, an aorist passive form of the verb γεννάω (gennáō), to “be born” (BDAG).

The second word is ἄνωθεν (ánōthen), translated in the NT only in John 3:3 and 3:7 as “again.” In most uses of the NT, it means “from above” (including Jn 3:31; also Jn 19:11; Jam 1:17, 3:15, 3:17) or “from the top” (Mt 27:51; Mk 15:38; Jn 19:23). Occasionally it is a time reference (in context), and so “from the first” or “from the beginning” (Act 26:5). The Luke 1:3 usage is debated whether it should be a time reference or a source from above reference. Gal 4:9 it is usually untranslated, considered to be intensifying the typical word for “again” in that passage, πάλιν (pálin).

It is (1) the fact that Christ does not use the common word for “again,” πάλιν, in John 3, and (2) his paralleling of flesh/Spirit as sources of the two births that leads me to believe the better translation in all of John 3 is that used in v.31, “from above.” The idea of “again” was probably favored because of Nicodemus’ reply in v.4, where a repetition of a natural birth is inquired about (but even so, such is to him obviously an incredulous idea.

So the “born from above” Christ is referring to is a Spiritual birth, as he clarified in vv.5-8.

Therefore, to look for what Christ was referring to in the OT, we need to find references that (1) refer to the insufficiency of the fleshly birth, and (2) the necessity of the spiritual birth, especially as relates to the kingdom of God.

The Need and Remedy are both Understood in Job

The idea that the first, natural birth from a woman is insufficient is expressed in the book of Job.

Job 15:14—“What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous? (cf. Job 4:17)

Job 25:4—How then can man be righteous before God? Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman?

Through these rhetorical questions, both righteousness and purity are understood to be impossible for one merely “born of a woman.”

But Elihu gives the answer to these questions in his statement to Job:

Job 33:23-30

23 “If there is a messenger for him, A mediator, one among a thousand, To show man His uprightness, 24 Then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom’; 25 His flesh shall be young like a child’s, He shall return to the days of his youth26 He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, For He restores to man His righteousness27 Then he looks at men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, And it did not profit me.’ 28 He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, And his life shall see the light29 Behold, God works all these things, twice, in fact, three times with a man, 30 To bring back his soul from the Pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.

Notice how the theme in this passage also parallels Christ’s later statement in John 3 about his death. He is the “mediator” to “show man His uprightness” of Job 33:23. He is the “ransom” found (v.24). Through this mediator, one is made new from above, both physically (flesh, v.25) and spiritually (righteousness, v.26), which newness comes by a person’s repentance (v.27) and is a redeeming from the spirit going down into the pit (i.e. grave, v.28), and a bringing of the flesh “back” from the grave (v.30).

Note the similar themes between Job 33 and John 3 (some of these connections are more direct, some more conceptual… I leave it for each one reading to decide how well matched conceptually the parallels I show are):

 

Job 33:23-30 John 3
A messenger v.23 Christ’s witness v.11, v.32-34
A mediator v.23 The Son from heaven as mediator v.13-16
Show uprightness v.23 Christ recognized as godly v.2, above all v.31
Deliverance from pit v.24 No perishing v.15, salvation v.17
Ransom v.24 Son is given v.16
Flesh like a child’s v.25 Born again v.3-8
Return to youth v.25 Born again v.3-8
Redeemer prays to God v.26 [no parallel found]
God delights in Redeemer v.26 God with Christ v.2, loves Son v.35
Restores righteousness v.26 Believer not condemned v.18
Admission of unrighteousness v.27 Belief is key v.15-16, 18, 33
Redemption from going into Pit v.28 Believers not perish, have eternal life v.15, 36
Redeemed one’s life sees light v.28 Doers of truth go to light v.21
Three works of God for man v.29 [no parallel found]*
Redemption back from the Pit v.30 [no parallel found]**
Enlightenment by life v.30 Doers of truth deeds enlightened v.21

 

 

  1. * Unless the three works are as messenger, mediator, and judge, all ideas seen in both Job and John
  2. **Resurrection is not forefront in John 3, but both the concept of eternal life (v.15-16, 36) and experiencing the kingdom (v.3, 5) have that as a background necessity.While exploring potential parallels between Job 33 and John 3 is intriguing, for the question here, the passage in Job (especially v.25) is speaking of a change like a new birth, and it ties to the resurrection from the grave (v.30). These ideas are tied more directly to the Spirit and kingdom in later revelation…

 

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