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He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on and A native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history.Instead, he says God must be ‘with Him’—not the same thing as John 1:1 so emphatically reminded us.In this context, Jesus’ response is all the more intriguing: Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above” (John 3:3).Either way, this reminds us that baptism is about much more than taking something away—the guilt of original sin.

There was first Nicodemus, who is clearly dumbfounded by the suggestion of another birth. The notion that someone could receive a new destiny certainly would have been a radically new idea to a Greco-Roman audience.To be a ‘born again’ Christian, then, really is what being Christian is all about: seeing Jesus as God and accepting our calling to a new destiny through Him.Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island.If both parents were Roman, citizenship was conferred at birth.In John, Jesus is calling His broader audience to citizenship from ‘above’—that is in heaven, or the kingdom of God.