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Jesus is referring to natural birth. I think this is also possible, considering we are all in a water sack (placenta) in our mother's womb. This can make sense because Nicodemus says, how can I be born again, can I go back into my mother's womb?, and then Jesus answers (in this interpretations perspective) you must be born naturally (of course you ...


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Ephesians 2:4-9 says: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the ...


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Baptism is recognition of a spiritual status. John baptised those who had repented, meta noia-ed, changed their mind, about living selfish lives, and had agreed with God that living selflessly was better, for the long view. That's why John demanded that candidates manifest fruit consonant with repentance. In other words, they had left selfish living, closed ...


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Born of water seems more likely to be talking about natural birth. Take note of how Jesus is answering Nicodemus' question: “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time to be born?” So, Jesus is saying: "No - there's a second birth which is spiritual; the first one is natural (born of water) & the second one is spiritual (born of the Spirit). In other ...


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I found what hopefully is the right paper to answer the question. I haven't read the paper myself, but the first introductory paragraphs below should provide a taste, or at least pointers for further research. The 2007 paper is Origins of the Particular Baptists by Gordon L. Belyea, a PhD candidate in Systematic Theology at Wycliffe College, University of ...


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