The birth of God [Lit.: out of God] (John 1:13)
or again [Lit: from above] (John 3:3, 7)
is almost universally taught in Christendom as having to do
with a birth experienced by unsaved individuals, occurring
at the moment they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pass
from death to life. That is, the Spirit breathing
life into an unsaved individual, based on Christs finished
work at Calvary, is looked upon as the birth out of God,
from above, seen in these verses.
The problem is that this is not the manner in which the
matter is introduced in John 1:13; nor is this the
manner in which the matter is continued in John 3:3,
7; nor is this the manner in which the matter is seen
in either 1 Peter or 1 John.
This is not to say that the Divine work surrounding an
unsaved individual believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and
being saved is not to be viewed in the same manner, i.e., as
being brought forth out of God, from above.
Rather, it is to say that the verses being used (John
1:13; 3:3, 7; 1 Peter 1:3, 23;
1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1, 4,
18) do not refer to this initial work of God through
the Spirit. Instead, they refer to subsequent works of God
through the Spirit subsequent works (pl.) because that
connected with the bringing forth out of God
is not the same in each instance.
The work surrounding an unsaved individual, dead in
trespasses and sins, passing from death to life,
can only be a divine bringing forth out of God,
from above. However, Scripture never uses the
type terminology seen in the referenced verses from Johns
gospel, his first epistle, and 1 Peter relative
to this divine work, unless possibly a verse such as
Isaiah 66:8 would be referring to this facet of Israels
future acceptance of Christ.
There can be no divine work performed among man (either
saved or unsaved man) apart from this work occurring
out of God, from above. Such would be
And, in this respect, the verses from Johns
gospel, his first epistle, and 1 Peter do
describe the source of the work of salvation by grace
(for it is the same, it has to be i.e., out of God,
from above), though these verses do not pertain to
this work per se.