3 is another often misinterpreted passage. Jesus tells to Nicodemus he
must be born again NOT to enter HEAVEN, but to enter the “KINGDOM OF
GOD” (vv 3‒6) and then goes on to equate the kingdom with “eternal life”
(vv 15‒16). All Jews like would understand eternal life to be a
reference to the kingdom to come at the end of the age and not to the
release of the soul at death.
How have we gotten things so
mixed up? We must once again begin to preach the authentic gospel -- the
gospel of the kingdom of God.
Read more about the kingdom in "Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now" (Harvest House), available at Amazon.com, Mardels, CBD, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores.
My passion is the Kingdom of God. I hold a PhD from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. I wrote my thesis "The Lord's Supper as an Anti-Imperial Praxis" under Drs. William S. Campbell and Kathy Ehrensperger. I serve as the Senior Research Professor of Biblical Theology at Criswell College (Dallas, TX). For ten years I served as the Editor of the Criswell Theological Review (CTR).
I also taught for 18 years the Presidents' Class at First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, a Sunday morning Bible study I taught verse-by-verse through the Scriptures.