John 3:1-6 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

In John 3:1-6, Jesus emphasizes the reality and importance of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Here’s why! (Includes Terry Modica’s personal testimony.)

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 5th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In the beginning of Chapter 3 of the Gospel of John we read about a Pharisee named Nicodemus. He was a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi we know that you are a teacher who has come from God for no one can do these signs (the miracles) that you are doing unless God is with him. Jesus answered him and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you”, and whenever Jesus says, “Amen, amen, I say to you,” he is saying, “Everything that I say to you is true, but this I want you to pay special close attention to.

This rises above other truths as important to know, embrace and live by.” Because ‘Amen, amen, I say to you’, not just to Nicodemus, but you my friend. “No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Now Nicodemus says to him, “How can a person grown old be born again. Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you.” Again he’s emphasizing. This is important, grasp onto this, hold onto this, believe it, live it. “Amen amen I say to you. No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” What is born of flesh is flesh, and what is born of Spirit is spirit.

Notice that Jesus is separating the water Baptism from the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He’s not combining them as one event. Yes, we receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit as well as God the Father and Jesus the Son when we are baptized with water, but it is not one event that turns the power of God on in our lives. It is not one event that helps us live the holy life. Baptism by itself as you know think of everybody you know who’s been baptized and is not living the holy life, not going to church, not producing the miracles of God in their lives. Baptism by itself doesn’t change us to a life of following Christ. It puts us in the right state of Grace for it. It frees us from the strongholds of sin that holds us back from it. It starts us on the right path. But it is when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, if when we are born again of the Spirit that our lives change and dramatically.

When I grew up I only knew Jesus. I only had the benefit of the baptism by water. And I went seeking for the supernatural because I read it in Scripture and I wondered where is it. If you’ve watched any of my other videos you’ve probably come across this testimony already but it’s worth repeating. I went finding the supernatural in the occult which took me away from Christ. It took me on a path away from Heaven. And I lost my relationship with Christ. I had grown up with Jesus as my best friend as far back as I could remember as a child, and I lost that because I went after a lie. I followed a lie thinking it was true.

When I was introduced to the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and I said, “Yes, something’s missing from my life, I want as much as God can give to me”, and the Holy Spirit came into anew, I still had the Holy Spirit in me, yes, but it was a new infilling. And in that new infilling he changed my mind about all the lies of the occult that I had been believing. One by one he took them away, he convinced me, he inspired me. I’d hear things in teachings and prayer groups, I’d read things in Scriptures and all of a sudden it made sense, and I felt convicted in my heart to reject the lie and to live the truths that were now being revealed to me. It is when we have the Holy Spirit filling us that the misconceptions and bad programming of the world are converted to the Truth.

Anybody you know who you’ve been trying to share the truth with and they’re not agreeing with you and they’re not accepting it, it’s because the Holy Spirit is not in them in such a way that the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to change their minds. So give up trying, instead pray for them and if possible pray with them for a new infilling of the Holy Spirit, or a first-time infilling of the Holy Spirit. This is what Jesus had in mind when he told Nicodemus that one needs to be, in the memory he said, “Amen, amen” listen to this, “one needs to be baptized by water and Spirit.” That is how we are fully born again, into the life of Christ, and set firmly on the path to Heaven.

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