In Ezekiel’s vision the Lord told him, “I will sprinkle clean water upon you. And ”He said, I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you.”
Jesus seemed to have had this passage in mind in Chapter Three of John’s Gospel. Speaking with the Pharisee Nicodemus, he said, “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”
Nicodemus was a certified teacher of the Jewish Religion, so Jesus chided him for not seeing this connection to what God had said to Ezekiel.
Let’s switch our attention to that conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Jesus told him “A man cannot enter the kingdom of heaven unless he be born from above.”
John’s Greek word which every good Bible translates as “from above” was anothen. There was a similar Greek word which translates to “again,” and Nicodemus mistakenly took that meaning. It had him asking, “How can a person once grown old be born again?
To illustrate what he meant by “being born from above,” Jesus said God touches our souls in a mysterious way, coming like wind that no one sees.
It’s a shame that the mistaken way Nicodemus heard Our Lord’s words have hung on, filling our air waves with spiritual advice from born again people.