Cannot See . . . What?
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
There are many things that pertain only to the Kingdom of God that cannot be seen by one who has not been born again. First of all he cannot see the King. He cannot see the will of the King. He cannot see the mercy of the King. He cannot see the benefits of being a citizen of the kingdom. He cannot see where the kingdom is. He cannot identify the subjects of the kingdom even when they are all around him.
He cannot see the mysteries, blessings, beauty, glory, truth, righteousness, joy, rest or peace that are in the kingdom.
He cannot see the changes God makes in a person when God admits him to the kingdom. He cannot even see the changes God will make in himself if and when God admits him to the kingdom. He cannot see why one person is fit and acceptable in the kingdom and another is not. He is on the outside but he cannot look in. He cannot see that the kingdom is here and now as well as future.
He can only hear what others say about the kingdom. He cannot experience the kingdom for himself. He cannot see what makes the kingdom tick. He cannot see the freedom within it. He cannot see that everything that is good comes from the kingdom. He will not see that everything outside of the kingdom leads to disaster. To him the kingdom of God is like an empty void. To him the kingdom of God will seem like an unreality, a mirage.
Jeremiah 17:6: For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
The kingdom will always be foreign to him. The most tragic thing is that he cannot see the way into the kingdom.
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
He cannot see that the kingdom exists within many of the people around him. He will not see that the King himself lives within His subjects.
Luke 17:21: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
He will never know what it is like to become a new creature until he becomes one. He will not be able to see the things that a man can see whose eyes have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
He will not be able to understand a man whose mind has been renewed.
Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
He does not understand righteousness and he has no peace or joy.
Romans 14:17: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
He cannot see where salvation comes from.
Psalms 62:1: Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
He is always restless.
Matthew 11:28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
When he has been invited into the Kingdom he has refused the invitations. He does not know what he has rejected.