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Born of Water and the Spirit

Updated on November 30, 2018
Created by tendergestures (12/14/2006 4:47PM)
Created by tendergestures (12/14/2006 4:47PM)


The words "Born of water and the Spirit" are rather cryptic and ambiguous and need further explanation. Let us go right to the source. In John chapter 3, Jesus taught Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews the necessity of regeneration.

Nicodemus spoke to Jesus saying, that Jesus must be a teacher from God to perform such miracles as He did. Jesus' reply was, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (v.3). Nicodemus asked Jesus how a man could be born again when he was already old. Could he re-enter his mother's womb? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (v.5) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (v.6). Jesus did not speak always in plain language to the disciples but His words had a deeper meaning. He was misunderstood many times in His speech to His apostles and the public.

The phrase "Born of water and the Spirit" seems quite far fetched to a non believer. However, Jesus was speaking in spiritutal language, unknown to the listener.


Baptism is for the cleansing or redemption of sins whereby they are forgiven by the Lord God and are accepted as children of God. Jesus is God's manifestation of Himself as His Son on earth. Jesus was born of the Spirit of God and therefore He was sinless and He did not need to be baptized in the water. Coming to the River Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist, who at first refused to baptize Him, He replied, "And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now; for this it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness (Matthew 3:15).

Jesus set an example to the world that baptism by water is necessary to fulfil all righteousness, and not a mere acknowledgment of the faith. In other words, the person must be completely free from sin before God can allow him to enter the Kingdom of God. In the baptism of a believer, the person must have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of his sins and accept baptism in water and blood of Jesus to forgive his sins.

When Jesus died on the cross, a soldier pierced his body and water and blood came out. This is a phenomenon! If you prick any part of your body, only blood appears, not water and blood (John 19:34-35).


When Jesus mentioned that a man must be born of water and of the spirit before he could enter into the kingdom of God, He meant that a man must undergo baptism of water and of the Spirit (be filled with the Holy Spirit). Jesus shed His blood on the cross for the sins of the world and died as a result to save us from everlasting death.

Without shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22).

How do we acknowledge His blood can cleanse our sins? By fairth when we are baptized in the water that we believe His blood in the water can cleanse our sins.

Acts 20:28

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Born of water is the first step to the kingdom of God. To be born of water, one must have faith to undergo baptism. Without faith in Christ, no one would wish to be baptized in water. Baptism is a regeneration in biblical terms. Most babies born are of natural birth, but some are induced through Cesarean operation of the womb. There are others whose mothers are submerged in water while giving birth. It is called water birth. Baptism in water must be accompanied by the blood of Jesus which cleanses us of sins. Evidence is supported in the Bible.

1 John 5:6

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

1 John 5:8

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one.

And finally,

Hebrews 9:22

And almost all things are by law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission .

By baptism of water and invoking the blood of Jesus at the time of baptism, the sinner is freed from his own original sin and the sin of his forefather, Adam. Being born again of water makes one a new Babe in Christ. The baby knows next to nothing but craves for milk from the mother who has to teach the new born. The new born in Christ must be fed on milk and not meat. Likewise, the new Christian must be fed with the words of Jesus Christ regularly. It is through baptism that the former self (sinner) dies in the likeness of Jesus death and is resurrected a new born. As a new born child, he grows to mature in Christ.


by Paulo Silas
by Paulo Silas


The Holy Spirit is the ONE TRUE GOD. Ezekiel 36:27 states: "And I (GOD ) will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."

Jesus said in John 4:24, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

From the foregoing two verses of scripture, it is imperative that all worshippers must have the seal of the Holy Spirit in order to worship Him. It is a sign that God has accepted us as His children.

Galatians 4:6

And because ye are sons, God hath send forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Romans 8:15,16

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Baptism: From the series "The Life of Christ". Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.    Vasiliy Polenov (1844-1927)
Baptism: From the series "The Life of Christ". Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Vasiliy Polenov (1844-1927)


Born of the Spirit is to be born of the Holy Spirit of God. A new born babe does not know much about anything. As he matures, he begins to grow in stature and to think for himself and makes judgment as he matures in the world. Likewise, a child born of water becomes a sinless being. He has to have the Spirit of God to teach and guide him into a godly soul.

The second hurdle or step to the kingdom of God, which is heaven is to be born of the Spirit. To be born of the Spirit is to have the Spirit of God in your heart which was promised in the Old Testament.


Jeremiah 31:33,

After these days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Hebrews 8:10

I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.


The Spirit of God has several gifts, and they are truth, wisdom, holiness, fear of the Lord, judgment, grace and knowledge. The Holy Spirit teaches us how Christians can live a godly life. All the gifts are essential for the growth of the Christian. With the knowledge, wisdom and judgment of God, men would be able to avoid the pitfalls of life and lead a godly and victorious life. The Spirit of judgment imparts good judgment without bias weighing the balances before making a judgment. Holiness is what keeps a Christian from doing things according to their whims, whether right or wrong. You are set apart for God and God alone, ignoring all temptations to do wrong. You have the wisdom to be free of earthly lures and traps that entice you to destruction. Any wrong doing is sin and sin keeps us apart from God. Unless we have the Holy Spirit within us, we would be unable to keep ourselves holy and pure.

1 John 5:17

All unrighteousness is sin:

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. On the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus ascended into heaven, 120 disciples were praying together in one place when suddenly, the Holy Spirit was poured down on them. "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire and it sat upon each of them (Acts 2:3). And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (v.4).


When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will produce fruits of the Spirit and they are listed below in the Bible. The fruits will help you to have love for one another. When you love, you will not want to fight with others of contrasting views, but find ways of reconciliation. You find peace and joy in the world around you. A character of meekness and temperance will not start a fight for his meekness serves him with humility.

Paul said to the Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. (v.23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

God's Orchard: The Fruit of the Spirit. Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead our lives produces eternal Fruit.    by Black
God's Orchard: The Fruit of the Spirit. Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead our lives produces eternal Fruit. by Black


Throughout 4,000 years of history, man continually sinned against God. The sins of Adam and Eve had passed on to their offspring and continued down the line. Rebellion was in their blood. Was God frustrated? Of course, He was! But God had hoped that things would change when He introduced something new to mankind, and that is, He would write the laws of God in their hearts so mankind would not forget. Before writing, He would give man a chance to repent so man can start afresh as though he is newly born.

God spoke through the prophets in the Old Testament and gave mankind of His impending love and longsuffering to forgive sins. Thus He manifested Himself as Jesus, His Son, born of the Spirit on earth to teach mankind how to be born of the water and the Spirit. Praise and thank God for His love and endurance of our sinful nature. Man has the right to redeem himself in th eyes of the Lord. Bless and praise God for His love!

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Born of Water and the Spirit

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Born of water means "baptism" and born of the Holy Spirit means "Receive the Holy Spirit in the heart". Do you believe this?

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    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      steve finnell

      We are saved through the precious blood of Christ. How, after He died more than 2000 years ago?

      Eph. 1:18,19

      With the precious blood of Christ which was invoked, calling on the blood of Jesus to cleanse all our sins (during baptism).

      Unless we are cleansed from sin, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.

      Acts 2:38

      Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

      1 John 5:6-8

      For there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one.

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      steve finnell 

      5 years ago


      There are some who deny water baptism is essential to the forgiveness of sins, by debating the clear meaning of "born of water" found in John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

      The primary debating point is that born of water refers to natural child birth. Was Jesus telling Nicodemus that one of requirements to enter the kingdom of God, was that he had to exist? That makes no sense. It is obvious if you were never born you could not enter the kingdom of God.

      To suggest that "water" in (John 3:5) means embryonic fluid, is at best an unreasonable conclusion.

      Jesus said you have to born again to enter the kingdom of God. Being born of flesh the first time is not being born again. Again never means the first time!

      When the apostles were preaching the gospel, did they say, in order to enter the kingdom of God, you have to physically exist; that is, you must have been born of embryonic fluid (water)? No they did not.

      Jesus said "unless one is born of water he cannot enter the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) Jesus said "has been baptized shall be saved."(Mark 16:16)


      Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,(The AND cannot be ignored)

      WATER BAPTISM: washing of regeneration.

      SPIRIT: renewing by the Holy Spirit.

      NOTE: It is God our Savior that saves us.(Titus 3:4)

      Acts 2:38 baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

      WATER BAPTISM: for forgiveness of sins.

      SPIRIT: receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


      The only way to not understand that Jesus meant water baptism in John 3:5, is by using extra-Biblical sources.


    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Crawling Surface

      Thank you for the comments.

      Acts 2:38 Very true.

      Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

      God bless.

    • Crawling Surface profile image


      9 years ago

      Good Hub, The message is simple, John 17:17-20 Jesus is praying, in his humanity, and he says that if we believe on him through their (the apostles) teachings, well then he's saying a prayer for you in these versus. Apostolic truth. Obey Acts 2:38 These guys only had one message.

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


      Thank God you agree with me. Hope to see you writing more hubs. Unfortunately, few have commented, but with the Lord's help more eyes will be opened.

      God bless.

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      9 years ago

      Thank God for yet another testimony to truth that is much neglected and negated by modern (but flawed) exegetes. That "born of water" refers to baptism has been frowned upon but many supposed authorities in hermeneutics. The link between 1 Jn 5:6 and baptism is even more unimaginable to them. I'm glad that you have put these precious scriptures in the right perspective. Your hubs do inspire me to touch on these subjects. Hopefully you will see it happening soon in my hubs.

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


      Pray for God to guide me in my writings. God bless.

    • HOOWANTSTONO profile image


      9 years ago

      Spot on, Keep up the the good work.



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