It’s That Simple – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 07.23.2017

Nicodemus

There is a profound dilemma that is the cause of much confusion. The thing that God perfectly hates – sin – is inside those who He perfectly loves – us. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We need to be delivered and redeemed for our condition. Jesus is our Savior. Faith in Jesus allows us to traverse the gap between us and God. He is the way: the only way. We can’t bridge the gap by our own effort or strength. We can’t pay our own bill. Trust in the Lord.

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 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.”

Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:5-17

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