January 6, 2024 – 1/6/2024

6-The Flesh of Man

2 Peter 1:5-11 (NKJV) – For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection proved that sin and death do not have control of us. The act of Jesus on the cross provides everything we need for redemption. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. —Romans 6:6 NIV

I DECLARE IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS; My end shall be peace, for I walk upright in Your promises and power. (Ps. 37-37)


There’s a Reason Jesus Calls it Being “Born Again.” A big part of the definition of Christian redemption includes being born again. A new experience and a new way of experiencing everything. This is transformation and renewal. Jesus paid the ransom and took on the punishment for our sins so that we could be redeemed and saved. Just ask Nicodemus. He was an eyewitness to the majesty of Jesus.

Now, there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. No one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” —John 3:1-8 NIV

I would argue that Nicodemus was on the right track but the wrong train when he asked, “How can someone be born when they are old?” Jesus not only gave this old preacher the answer—“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit”—He was and is the answer. Nicodemus witnessed the cross, and I’d like to think he may have even been in that upper room when the Holy Spirit showed up, and everyone present was born again—the entire timeline was redeemed. Like the un-dyeing of a red cloth, they were supernaturally made white as snow.

Being born again is the foundation of our faith. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. —1 Peter 1:23 KJV Faith in Jesus brings His redemption into our lives and conquers sin and death upon our behalf. Now, Jesus has dominion over us, and death no longer does.

From My Book: Redeeming Your Timeline