SEEING The King
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 several Greek words in the New Testament that are translated see. The one in John 3:3 goes beyond physical sight. It is in the past tense. We usually consider the verse to mean that one who has not been born again cannot see or enter the Kingdom of God in the future. It does mean that, but it also means that one who has not been born again has never been able to personally see the Kingdom in his past or in his present. From the moment he has been born again he will be able to see the Kingdom in his past, in his present and in his future. Definitions of the word see: to know, be aware, behold, consider, have knowledge, look on, perceive, see, be sure, tell, understand. The same Greek word for see is translated know in John 3:2, perceive in Matthew 13:14 and understand in 1 Corinthians 13:2.
John 3:2: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Matthew 13:13-14: Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
1 Corinthians 13:2: And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
After one has been born again the Kingdom is something that he has more clearly understood, more clearly understands and will more clearly understand. It is something that has been in him, is in him and will always be in him. In fact, after he has been born again the King dwells in his heart.
Luke 17:21: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
The most important part of the Kingdom is the King. Without the King there would be no Kingdom. The most important thing that one who has not been born again cannot see, know, be aware of, behold, consider, have knowledge of , look on, perceive, see, be sure of, tell, or understand is the King Himself. He has been blind to, is blind to and will always be blind to the real attributes of the King until he becomes born again. One who has been born again will have an incomplete vision of the King. One who has not been born again won*t even have that.
1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
The King is wonderful, powerful, loving, wise, holy, merciful, and a myriad of other delightful things. One who has not been born again has only a vague, distant second-handed notion of the King. But it is impossible that the wonderful, powerful, loving, wise, holy, merciful King could dwell within a man and not change the man and be better known by the man.
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.