What Wind and Holy Spirit Have in Common

Are you the kind of person who is willing to go wherever the wind takes you? Maybe, as Christ-followers, we should all be! Look at what Jesus says to the middle of his memorable conversation with Nicodemus:

John 3:7–8 (CSB) “Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. The wind [pneuma] blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit [pneuma].”

The New Testament was written in Greek and the Greek word for wind pneuma is also the same word for spirit! (Interestingly, Hebrew is the same way, as the same word renders both “wind” and “spirit.”) In context, Jesus is trying to explain to Nicodemus how we can be “born again” (John 3:3 & 5). Utilizing a fun wordplay, he compares the wind to the Holy Spirit.

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