Ye Must Be Born Again
And no one hath ascended into heaven,
Save he that out of heaven descended--The Son of Man
--John 3:13 --
JESUS SAID: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit." "Except one be born of water and the Spirit. . ." Who and what is this that is subject to so many births?
2. This important invisibility that takes on these protean forms is man, according to Jesus. But what is man? Plato told his students that a good description of man was a "biped without feathers." Diogenes learned of this definition, procured a chicken, and after plucking its feathers, turned it loose before Plato's class with the words, "Behold Plato's man!" This is a peculiarly fitting illustration of the ignoble end of all definitions that circumscribe man to form.
3. Jesus evidently referred to an invisible something that was first born of flesh, then born of Spirit.