John 3:5 Isn’t Talking About Water From The Womb

In Jn 3:5 there’s a conjunctive relationship between “water” and “Spirit” and in Jn 3:6 there’s a contrastive relationship between “flesh” and “Spirit”, therefore “water” in verse 5 can’t be equated with “flesh” in verse 6, which means Jn 3:5 isn’t talking about water from the mother’s womb.

In Jn 3:5 Christ isn’t talking about 2 births, he is talking about 1 birth, he is talking about being born from above. In Jn 3:5 “water” refers to being born of the Spirit, therefore water and Spirit are the same thing, Jn 3:6-8 confirms that truth.

John 3:5-8 Yeshua answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”

3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

3:7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, `You must be born from above’.

3:8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.

It is often said that “water” in John 3:5 is referring to water from the mother’s womb, but that teaching can’t be true because John 3:6-8 makes it very clear that “water” and “Spirit” (John 3:5), are referring to being born of the Spirit.

To be born of the Spirit, one must first believe that God’s Son, Yeshua is the Messiah, and then, God willing, God will baptize the person in the Holy Spirit.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is what makes a person born of the Spirit, without being baptized in the Holy Spirit, no one can stop practicing sin, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the repentance that leads to life (Acts 11:16-18).

Acts 11:16-18 And I [Peter] remembered the word of the Lord, how he used to say, `John baptized with water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit

11:17 Therefore if God gave to them [the Gentiles] the same gift as {He gave} to us also after believing in the Lord Yeshua the Messiah (Christ), who was I that I could stand in God’s way?

11:18 When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance {that leads} to life.

Only those who believe Yeshua is the Messiah that no longer practice sin are baptized in the Holy Spirit. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is what makes a person born of God.

1 John 5:1 Whosoever believes Yeshua is the Messiah is born of God [born of the Spirit].

1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God [born of the Spirit] practices sin, because His seed [the Holy Spirit] abides in him or her; and he or she cannot sin, because he or she is born of God [born of the Spirit].

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2 thoughts on “John 3:5 Isn’t Talking About Water From The Womb

  1. Not that I disagree with your overall understanding, but it isn’t clear that John isn’t referring to two births even when you take into account his statement about being born from above. This could be a reference to the birth in the Spirit only. Even though I agree about with your conclusions I can still understand why some may be confused.

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    • I can see how John 3:5 can be confusing, especially when there are different views about what “water” in John 3:5 means.

      I used to believe that the reference to water was about natural birth, but upon further study, I realized that John 3:3-8 is talking about one birth, the only birth that saves a person, being born of the Spirit.

      There’s a lot of incorrect teaching when it comes to John 3, the term “born again” is wrong.

      The Greek adverb anothen in Jn 3:3 & 3:7 means both “from above” and “again.” Christ means “from above” (see Jn 3:31) but Nicodemus misunderstands it as “again.” This misunderstanding serves as a springboard for further instruction.

      John 3:4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”

      John 3:5 Yeshua answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

      John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh [natural birth], and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit

      John 3:7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, `You must be born from above (anothen)

      John 3:31 He [Christ] that comes from above [anothen] is above all

      Christ was the first man to be born of the Holy Spirit, therefore Christ was the first man to be born from above, all who God seals with the Holy Spirit are a new creation, they are born from above, they are not born again.

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