As the Wind Blows
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” . . . 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? John 3:5-9, 12 NKJV
The born-again experience must be understood according to the revelation of Jesus and not according to the custodians of religious church tradition. According to Jesus, the work of the Holy Spirit in the rebirth is like the wind—it’s incomprehensible!
Wind is a movement of air; wind is breath; and, wind is a prevailing force or influence, e.g., “the winds of change.” Metaphorically, as the wind blows, you can experience significant change in your life. Jesus used the illustration of wind to help Nicodemus understand the dynamics of being born again (Text, verse 8)… The new birth is like wind that blows. As the wind blows, it blows where it wishes; you can hear the sound of it, but you cannot tell where it came or where it is going, so is everyone born of the Spirit.
Wind cannot be seen, but its power and work can be seen. The word, “wind” (pneuma) signifies the breath of life. There is life in the breath of God, i.e., the same breath of life that made man a living soul, and the same breath that Jesus breathed into His disciples ( See Gen. 2:7; John 20:22). The wind blows here on earth, not in heaven (Text, verse 12). The new birth is not about heaven (Jn. 3:3, 5; Matt. 6:10). The new birth is for living in the kingdom of God here on earth (Matt. 5:5; Ps. 115:16). As the wind blows, your experience will be that the new birth is not an evolution; it is a revolution!