Read: John 3:1-12
There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.” John 3:1-2
Thousands yield to concede that Jesus was a great teacher. The Sermon on the Mount being referred to as His life-changing principles many claim to live by. It was Nicodemus, an educated religious leader, who possibly inspired to use the expression of Jesus that recognized Him as “a teacher straight from God” If He is the “Great Teacher” we should continually be His pupils, and humbly obey His words. Soul education, spiritual learning in His class. It is shallow for us to claim we are have made a decision to let Him help us change and we are committed to doing whatever is required but still pursue selfish goals and plans.
1 Corinthians 2:14 says “The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit–God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.” Jesus said “You must be born again.” The work of God in and through individuals ro make them ‘a new person’ is at the heart of the Great Teacher – Jesus Christ
Spiritual rebirth is necessary for the recovery process. True recovery cannot be achieved by trying harder to live better. It requires repentance, submission to God and obedience to His will for our lives. He is ‘The Way’ to achieving forgiveness and true freedom from addiction and compulsion.