Don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.
This brings us to a most fascinating insight in the way God brings us his word in the Bible.
The word for “wind” and “spirit” is identical in the Hebrew language of the Old Testament. ruach.
The word for “wind” and “spirit” in the Greek language of the New Testament is also identical. pneuma.
Both Old and New Testament have the same meaning for the same words and they are even pronounced in the same way. When a word’s pronunciation imitates its sound it is an Onomatopoeia. Both ruach and pneuma fall into this category!
Jesus says this is a deep teaching about the Holy Spirit. When you are born of the Holy Spirit at your second birth, he comes in a variety of ways. Like the fresh new breeze you can’t control the Spirit. You can’t keep up with him. The Spirit works however he wills.
This is why to be born again is based on what comes out of the believer. What God is doing through our lives. It is not about a one time momentous “spiritual experience.”
Remember, we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. When we are given our second birth what is important is the life that comes afterward. A life of becoming more and more like Jesus in the way we live.
If we are spiritual beings having a human experience then what we call spiritual experience is a chance to see who we are already.