Born Of Water
This phrase is only found once in the Bible (John 3:5) and because it’s meaning is often incorrectly interpreted, it has caused confusion for many, primarily because the word “water” is frequently associated with “baptism.” Water is also associated with “living” (John 4:10, 14, 7:38-39), as part of man (John 19:34), for drinking (John 4:7) and cleansing (Lev 15:13).
It is the subject matter, however, that allows us to ascertain the correct harmonious understanding of how this phrase is to be understood.
** All righteous O.T. saints and prophets, who were never water baptized, will also be in Gods’ Kingdom (Luke 13:28 NIV) (Mat 25:46, Luke 1:6).
** Verse 5 is parallel with verse 6 and a clear contrast is being revealed between our flesh and spirit.
This passage is specifically speaking of BIRTHS!! Something that is being BORN!!!
The 1st birth (water) parallels to that which is “born of the flesh” – (Ref: The Humanity Of Christ ),
The 2nd birth (spirit) parallels to that which is Spirit birth, an aspect all men need to enter Heaven (John 3:5-7)
This is the “BORN AGAIN” experience of which Jesus speaks of (Ref: Born Again).
** These two words (birth & born) mean something that gives life. “Born of water” is specifically associated with the “flesh” (Inside the womb of every woman there is a bag of fluid (amniotic sac) where the unborn baby develops. During labor, the amniotic sac breaks and the fluid drains out through the vagina. This is commonly known as “her water’s breaking”). Whether or not this is how they spoke, this is how all births take place, even the human birth of Christ.