This is a continuation of the אב teaching

A teacher from the Pharisees named Nakdimon (Nicodemus) comes to see Y’shua at night so that his fellow Pharisees do not know about it. He comes telling the master that he knows from the miracles that he must be from Elohim otherwise he would not be able to do those things. Y’shua replies to Nakdimon that a man must be born again or he will not see the kingdom of Elohim. Many have taken this statement to be going to heaven, however this will not fit with what he says afterwards. It therefore makes more sense that Y’shua is telling him, if you change the way you think to Yah’s ways you will begin to see the kingdom. This is based on the fact that all Torah expects literal action to comply with the instructions. Otherwise I could claim that I wasn’t thinking about murdering someone while I was murdering them, illogical isn’t it?

Born again does not mean just a mental aspect but must include an actual change in lifestyle, otherwise there is no testimony, that there is a change in our life. Nakdimon is confused as he believes that Y’shua is describing actually being given birth to by his mother. Y’shua then clarifies what he means by telling him you must be born of water and spirit or you cannot enter the kingdom. The word spirit in this reply from Y’shua to Nakdimon has to do with breathing or respiration. This is pointing towards regeneration or resurrection as without breath the human being (Adam) is not considered alive. Then Adonai, God, formed a person from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being. B’reshit/Genesis 2:7 (CJB) As we are not immortal souls per Adonai, God, gave the person this order: “You may freely eat from every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You are not to eat from it, because on the day that you eat from it, it will become certain that you will die.” B’reshit/Genesis 2:16-17 (CJB)

For if we were immortal souls then the following warning would be hollow, To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” B’reshit/Genesis 3:17-19 (NIV) Gnostic thought has imprinted this false concept into the mind of the Bible reader. Nowhere in scripture is there a promise of going to heaven as in someplace else, Y’shua states this clearly in Yochanan 3:13 (NIV) No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. In this verse, the word man is Anthropos in the Greek both times; which means human being, not specifically male.

Gnosticism has given us the idea that all physical matter is evil, therefore to claim you believe the creation account in B’reshit/Genesis chapters 1-2 you are making a false claim. This is because the creation account tells us everything Yah made he called good, not evil. You can’t hold both view points because they contradict each other. We human beings are called good in physical forms. We are not some mystical creatures inhabiting some contemptible shell. Once we die, we have no existence, period until the resurrection. You cannot have the idea of an immortal soul and a resurrection as they are not compatible. Regeneration means something dead is brought back to life as in a battery being recharged.

bronzeserpent“And as Mosheh lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so the Son of Aḏam has to be lifted up, so that whoever is believing in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life. For Elohim so loved the world that He gave His only brought-forth Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life. For Elohim did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not judged, but he who does not believe is judged already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only brought-forth Son of Elohim. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked. For everyone who is practicing evil matters hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But the one doing the truth comes to the light, so that his works are clearly seen, that they have been wrought in Elohim.”
Yochanan 3:14-21 (ISR98)

As Y’shua is explaining to Nakdimon, he tells him that the son must be lifted up as was the serpent in the wilderness, so that men could look upon what caused their pain. Because people when they read this section they do not understand Y’shua is telling Nakdimon that HE (Y’shua) is the one causing the pain. As people do not like the Word telling them what sin they are committing. This is how Y’shua is referencing not believing in the son as causing them to perish (to be destroyed). When Y’shua speaks of burning the tares (weeds) they are permanently eliminated, not burning eternally. The aspect of eternal fire simply requires more fuel added to keep the flame burning, this is the fire for burning the waste.

Whoever trusts in him (The Word) shall not perish but have eternal life. This cannot be a mental exercise as doing something is how we show we believe in something. No one would expect a person who did not know them to blindly accept whatever someone told them. Y’shua frequently repeats his word is not his but his Father’s, this is the Torah given to Moshe. “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Mosheh, in whom you have set your expectation. For if you believed Mosheh, you would have believed Me, since he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how shall you believe My words?” Yochanan 5:45-47 (ISR98) In this statement Y’shua declares he and Moshe speak the same words. Also Y’shua’s name means Yah is Salvation and this is how he comes in his Father’s name.

If we hate the light it is because we hate the truth and we don’t do it. So we don’t want anyone to know what we do in the darkness, as in sinning. Those who love the truth want to be seen doing what is right according to Yah to glorify Elohim. The judgment comes to all based on whether we are found guilty or innocent. The sentence can be satisfied only through forgiveness of sin paid by Y’shua. Mashiach is the serpent, figuratively on the stake that we have to look at and be reminded of what we did that caused him to die and he did it willingly for our sake.

In light of this visit by Nakdimon, we are given insight into what Y’shua came to do. If we do not heed the information and explanation provided by Y’shua then we are arrogant and unwise. When we speak to others about what these famous verses mean, we better understand them ourselves. The most important thing I would like to stress is to stop taking one verse and trying to make it stand alone, as it is written with the surrounding material to support it. Using a verse all alone to frequently is taken out of context and redefined to mean whatever the user desires it to mean. So let us not be to hasty when we quote any scripture as not to give it our own spin. All scripture is defined within the parameters of the Torah therefore use the guidelines Torah provides.

Shalom Aleichem

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  • Lets Begin With The Beginning – את “I am the ‘Alef Tav’, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
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