Nicodemus means “Conqueror.” A mighty man of valor came to visit Jesus in the dark of the night, wanting to know who He was. Jesus explains the new birth to him, to which Nicodemus is incredulous, naturally so as Nicodemus is a logical man of this world. Notice part of Jesus’ answer to him. I know I have glossed over this sentence for years.
“No one has risen into the heavenly realm except the Son of Man who also exists in heaven,” (John 3:13 TPT).
Here is the footnote for this verse: “Jesus shares a mystery with Nicodemus. While he was on the earth ministering, Jesus was also in heaven in the spirit realm. Being in two places at the same time is also the privilege given to every believer. We are seated with Christ in the heavenly realm and living our earthly life to please him. . . . Jesus is telling Nicodemus that only those who are seated in the heavenly realm will understand spiritual truths.”
The Passion Translation of the Bible makes me want to stop gliding through my Scripture reading without stopping to understand. My history of Bible reading started with my new birth at the age of thirty-nine. (Thirty-nine stripes?) I was hungry for the word. For the next five years, I read the Bible through from cover to cover twenty-five times. At the end of that time, I could tell where to find every Scripture. That which I had planted in me simply came out of me when I needed it. But that was then, this is now.
Now I read the Bible with a ho-hum attitude, like someone who already knows what she’s reading and there’s nothing else to do with it. Maybe somebody else out there feels the same way about Bible reading. Well, that’s why I’m concentrating on going deeper, such as capturing the above scripture and searching out other scriptures that explain this state of being in two places at once. Tell me what you find as well!