What is born of spirit


‘What is born of the  flesh is  flesh, and  what is born of the  Spirit is spirit’ (Jn 3:6). Adam, whom the  scripture  describes as ‘a type of the  one who has to come’ (Rom 5:14) was the first man  born of the Spirit. As long as  he remained  a spiritual man, he could experience  an intimate relation with  God who walked with him in the garden.  But on that fateful day,  the spiritual man  disregarded the  voice of  God who was still  beside him, and instead was swayed by the  deception of  the devil.  At  that moment, the spiritual man became a  man of the world. 

It is impossible for  ‘those who are unspiritual’ (1 Cori 2:14) to  father  spiritual children. There  is no other  reason for  Cain to become a worldly man. The mandate of Jesus was to again transform  unspiritual  men into new creatures in Spirit. And Jesus accomplished  it in all its fineness.  But the  Bible warns us of a dangerous  time  when  the spiritual man will again  turn into a man  whose ‘mind will be  set on the flesh and who will be  hostile to God’ (cf. Rom 8:7). At that time the   general human   nature will  not be  compatible with what  a spiritual man  should do. 

People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  inhuman, implacable,  slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of  good,  treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the  outward form of of godliness but denying its power’ (2 Tim 3: 2-5). 

Just like Adam was a type of  Jesus who was the Second Adam,  Cain represents  the  type of those people about whom Paul  warned  us through  Timothy. 

Cain also  held  to the  ‘outward form of godliness’. This is why he decided to  offer a sacrifice to God!

Paul  tells us that  the appearance of  such people   will  be  a sign of  ‘the last  days (when) distressing times will come’ ( 2 Tim 3:1). 

Look around. Do you see such people? Before looking around, look into us as well. Do such  traits  rule our heart?  For them Paul writes again. ‘Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?’ (Gal 3:3).

Our journey should start with the Spirit, progress in the Spirit, and end in the Spirit. Let us pray  to the Holy Spirit for our life  not  to be  distracted by the  ways of this world.

And we should do it  fully knowing ‘what time it is’ (Rom 13:11), because we have already entered into the moment for ‘us to wake  from sleep’ (Rom 13:11).