When Jesus said those born of the spirit are like the wind what did he mean? (see quote below)
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.John 3:8 King James Version
I'll be the first to answer but there will be many others with a wide variety of answers, no doubt.
What Jesus is describing is regeneration, or the rebirth, to be born again. He is making a connection between wind and Spirit which both words are the same in the Greek, "pneuma." He is saying, like the wind, the Spirit in regeneration is a powerful force that is invisible and uncontrollable. We can't see it but we can witness its power and manifestations. Everyone who is born again experiences this rebirth but had no control over it. Only God controls who is regenerated just like He controls the winds. It is a gift from God. He has mercy on whom He has mercy.
If you truly want to understand what I'm talking about, you will need to read two hubs that I recently written: "Divine Election of the Saints" and "Golden Chain of Salvation." They will help further explain regeneration and how God decides whom He regenerates and whom He does not. They are lengthy so be sure to block out some time to read them if you desire. Peace.
If God has given the ability to believe to only a few out of the billions, then God is not loving. You believe you are one of the few chosen, so you have no problem with it. Call me blind or whatever you like, but how can he be loving?
Robert, I mentioned this to you in another response a minute ago but I'll reiterate here too. I suggest that you read two of my hubs that address these issues: "Divine Election of the Saints" and "Golden Chain of Salvation." Read them in that order.
I think these two comments lay out the mystery very well.
As I said in my other comment, Chris...I am all too well familiar with Calvinism. The system makes your god a monster. No thanks.
Amen Chris! RTB: He's waiting for "YOU!" But "His Hand is still stretched out." (Isaiah) He doesn't "make" anyone! When you "truly" come, He is waiting then you will experience His Love! "And His Hand is still stretched out!"
(Perhaps) it is about the incredible freedom we have in Christ; he set us free from the Law. Read your Galatians.
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