The Candy Store

Candy Store 96

John 3:3-5 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

 So, here we are at part two of the requirements about entering the invisible Kingdom of God. I feel that the Lord has given me great simple understanding of this scripture.

When I was a child, around 10 or 12, I used to ride my bicycle downtown in Brunswick, Maine to Maine Street where it was all happening. There was a candy store there called, “The Kandy Kettle” where they were continually making candy of all kings. The smell of the confections would waft out into the sidewalk and street. It was an irresistible place where I would stand with my nose pressed hard against the window and imagine what each bit of candy felt like in my mouth and also imagine what it tasted like. This was a bit like being able to “see” the Kingdom. Granted it was a candy kingdom but without money, it was impossible for me to even think of entering, I needed something more than just wishful thinking.

So it is with the very real Kingdom of God, a second step is required, one must be baptized in water and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and behold, the door to the Kingdom opens wide. You have just become citizen in two worlds, a physical and a spiritual one.

As an aside, there is another kingdom which does not require the Creator or His Holy Spirit and that kingdom is one of darkness and everything that is against the God of Creation. That kingdom is ruled by the fallen angel of light, Lucifer is its king. He is a deceiver and will lead you down one of those “lighted” counterfeit blind alleyways mentioned yesterday. One of his great statements is, “If it feels good, do it.” That is just one of the many ways he has of deceiving you.

 © 2014 Sherwood A. Burton – all rights reserved

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