"The Doctrine of the Substitutionary Spiritual Death of Jesus Christ."

JOH 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;


JOH 3:2  this man came to Him by night, and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."


JOH 3:3  Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."


JOH 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?"


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


When water is used it doesn't always refer to baptism. There are seven baptisms in the word of God, four which are dry and three which are wet.


Like Nicodemus, most communicators and teachers are blind concerning what God's word, in the original language, has to say.



Hermeneutics – is the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation of the Bible.

Principle 1. The point is that without some knowledge of Hebrew and Greek you cannot teach those who look to you for help as to the original language of scripture.


  1. Without some knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, you cannot appreciate the critical discussions relating to the books of the Old and New Testaments.

All Scripture was written for every believer (2TI 3:16) but not all Scripture was written to every believer.


I.C.E. is an acronym that describes the way in which the word of God must be interpreted.


Isagogics: To fully understand the word of God, the Bible must be interpreted within the framework of isagogics, which is the historical setting.


Categorical: The Bible must be studied through the scrutiny of the particular doctrine as recorded throughout the Scripture, line upon line, verse upon verse, and category upon category. Hence, Scripture must be used to interpret Scripture. No scripture can stand alone.


Exegesis: The Bible should be studied in the original languages, with full context of the selected verse or verses, paying strict attention to grammar, syntax, and the etymology of the words form the original languages.




  1. Without some knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, you cannot be certain that you are presenting the correct teaching of that text.


  1. Without some knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, you cannot be an independent student or a reliable interpreter of the Word of God.



Nicodemus was a man who was trying to go on before he started.

The type of person who has been brought up in a religious atmosphere.



Our Lord makes it crystal clear in John 3:3 to the religious person that unless a man be born again he cannot even SEE the kingdom of God, let alone ENTER into it!


You can't begin to grow and discover what is necessary to stimulate growth and development unless the seed of life has been planted within you.


1PE 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, {that is,} through the living and abiding word of God.


1JO 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.




The point is that there is the danger of trying to apply Christian truth before there is any Christian life.


Salvation is by means of HEB 10:38 "the just shall live by faith".


His great problem was that of justification, he thought justification was sanctification.  --

He was concentrating on how to live holier but he had never experienced salvation and the freedom of being justified in the eyes of God.


He thought his infant baptism had given him new life.

He assumed that he was a Christian simply because he was brought up in a Christian or religious environment.



  1. Religion which basis our justification on our sanctification.
  2. The other basis our sanctification based upon our justification.
  3. Religion which basis our justification on our sanctification.


We are justified because of the way we live which says we have been justified on the basis of our sanctification or making decisions based upon being sanctified or set apart for God which is nothing more than works.

  1. The other basis our sanctification based upon our justification. We are set apart from God when we understand that we are justified.



HEB 10:38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.



Christianity is a new birth.

Christianity is a new life.


It is not an informed mind but a transformed mind.




ROM 12:2 says And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.


COL 3:2 says  Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.


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


The Christian life is not something we do but something which is done to us, Joh 3:7-8.

Joh 3:7 "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'


JOH 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."


The point is that you cannot give birth to yourself.


This is something that happens to you.



We see the effects and the results but we don't understand it.


So is everyone who is born of the Spirit, it's the action or the life of God in the souls of men.


You can't build a building without a foundation, it will collapse.


You can't grow until you are born, you can't run the race until you enter the race.


JOH 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.


GEN 15:6 Then he believed in the Lord; and He credited it to him as righteousness.

1JO 3:11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;


1JO 3:12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous.


1JO 3:13  Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you.


1JO 3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.


1JO 3:15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.


1JO 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.


Our first birth provided us with a body of flesh and blood and put us into Adam's family but in order to enter into the family of God we need to be born of the Spirit.


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


It may be refined flesh, beautiful flesh, religious flesh, but it is still flesh!



One which is carnal and one which is spiritual .


"A mighty fortress is our God."



A mighty fortress is our God,

a bulwark never failing;

our Helper He amid the flood

of mortal ills prevailing.


For still our ancient foe

doth seek to work us woe;

his craft and power are great,

and armed with cruel hate,

on earth is not his equal.


Did we in our own strength confide,

our striving would be losing,

were not the right man on our side,

the man of God's own choosing.

Dost ask who that may be?

Christ Jesus, it is He;


Lord Sabaoth, His name,

from age to age the same,

and He must win the battle.


And though this world, with devils filled,

should threaten to undo us,

we will not fear, for God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us.


The Prince of Darkness grim,

we tremble not for him;

his rage we can endure,

for lo, his doom is sure;

one little word shall fell him.


That word above all earthly powers,

no thanks to them, abideth;

the Spirit and the gifts are ours,

thru Him who with us sideth.



Let goods and kindred go,

this mortal life also;

the body they may kill;

God's truth abideth still;

His kingdom is forever.





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