What it means to be “Born of Water and the Spirit”

Some have taught that being born of water means baptism (implying baptismal regeneration) and some others have interpreted it as physical birth. To find out, we need to take a look at the entire teaching of the New Testament.

John 3:3, 5 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again … Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”

If this text alone implied that baptism was a key prerequisite to entering the Kingdom of God, then Jesus would have made it a requirement of salvation, but this is not so.

Now, if baptism is not the New Birth, to what does the word “water” in John 3:5 refer? Let us look elsewhere and see what are the agents and instruments by which the work of regeneration is wrought:

1 Peter 1:23 “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”

James 1:18 “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”

1 Corinthians 4:15 “Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.”

Titus 3:5 “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

In these passages we see that regeneration or rebirth is wrought by the word of God and Spirit of God. We are born again by the Word of God and the Spirit of God.

Now in John 3:5, we have the Spirit directly mentioned but can the “water” be taken to mean “the word” without forcing the language? First, let’s compare it to Ephesians 5:25, 26:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.”

Indeed, the Greek word translated “word” here in Ephesians (rēmati) is a different word from the Greek word translated “word” (logos) when the Word of God is spoken of. But in 1 Pet. 1:25 (“… And this is the word that was preached to you”), the same rēmati that is translated “word” in Eph. 5:26, is used twice of “the Word of God,” and that, too, is direct connection with regeneration by the Word.

In John 15:3, Jesus said: “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” See also John 17:17 “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

But some may ask why did not Jesus say plainly, without a figure in John 3: “Except a man be born of the word and the Spirit”? The answer to this is very simple.

The whole passage is highly figurative. The word translated “the Spirit” (Pneuma) is itself figurative: means literally “wind” and is without the definite article.

Literally translated the passage would read, “Except any one be born out of water and wind.” In this, the wind symbolizes the vivifying element, the Holy Spirit. (Compare Ezekiel 37:9, 10.) Naturally, therefore, “the water” symbolizes the cleansing element, the “word.” (Compare John 15:3).

The passage thus reduced to non-figurative language would read, “Except any man be born of the word of God and the Spirit of God.” Thus we would have Jesus teaching the doctrine afterwards taught by Paul and James and Peter.

Isis and the Dark Veils of Masonry

Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, a Yoruba Priestess and New Age guru behind Iyanla Fix My Life, recently made a series of Facebook posts about her visit to the Louvre Museum in Paris. Two posts particularly caught my attention:

On April 19, she wrote:

“Isis is Our Lady! According to our tour guide, Notre Dame was originally the temple in which the people worshipped the goddess Isis who was considered the matriarchal protector of Paris.”

On April 22, she posted a picture of Isis along with those of the Catholic Madonna and wrote:

“The First is Not the Last! The statue of Auset/Isis nursing her son Horus, housed at Louvre Museum in Paris is dated First Dynasty B.C. is part of the history of Khemet aka Egypt. On the other side of the museum there are a dozen of photos of the Blessed Mother and Child that do not include the original image of Auset/Isis and Horus.”

A trained mind can decode the undertones in Iyanla’s words. She is saying that the Mary and Jesus in Christianity were an European “whitewashing” of ancient Egyptian pagan deities. Therefore, if Africans or African Americans want the “real deal,” they should embrace the original “Blessed mother and child” of the Kemet: Isis and Horus.

It has been said that the Cathedral of Notre Dame was supposedly built on the site of a former temple to Isis. What was documented is that it was formerly the site of a temple dedicated to the Gallo-Roman deity, Jupiter – also identified as Cernunnos, the Horned god of witchcraft. [1]

Perhaps an Egyptian goddess was regarded as “the matriarchal protector of Paris” – a region originally inhabited by Celtic tribes, the bottom line is: the real Mary of the Bible differs from the revamped “Blessed Virgin Mary” of Rome (which was modelled after Isis) by a country mile.

Freemasonry also has a link with the Kemet. But what many Masons, especially in the lower degrees, do not know is that the Egyptian pagan triad (Osiris, Isis and Horus) is covertly introduced to them in Masonic rituals.

Unless they read the works of Masonic experts explaining the symbols and allegories embedded in their rites, they are intentionally kept in the dark about this.

Masonry is a mystery religion; like Hermeticism and Alchemy, it conceals its secrets from all except the adept and sages, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead the initiate. They conceal the truth from them and draw them away from it. [2]

A central ritual of Masonry is based on the legend of Hiram Abif, the Widow’s Son. In the ritual, he is accosted by three fellowcrafts who are ruffians (Jubelo, Jubelah and Jubelum). The three thugs strike him, finally killing him, bury his body in the rubble of the temple of Solomon and later lug it out of town and bury it on a hill under an acacia tree.

Solomon and King Hiram find the body on the hill of Mt. Moriah. Eventually, Solomon takes the decomposing right hand of Hiram Abif by the “Strong Grip of the Lion’s Paw,” the Master Mason grip, and hauls his carcass out of the ground, apparently resurrecting him (although this is never clear). [3]

This is simply an enactment of the dying-rising fertility god rituals found in all pagan systems. The third degree lecture discusses the monument erected to the memory of Hiram (of course, no real Hebrew would build a monument of statues) saying:

“…Masonic tradition informs us that there was erected to his memory a Masonic monument, consisting of “a beautiful virgin, weeping over a broken column, before her, a book was open; in her right hand a sprig of acacia, in her left an urn; behind her stands Time, unfolding and counting the ringlets of her hair.” [4]

Before one can understand the symbolisms espoused here, one must have a knowledge of the myth of the Egyptian triad – Osiris, Isis and Horus. Here is what a reference work says about Isis:

“The traditions concerning her cult state that when Osiris was slain by the god Set, Isis began a journey to discover his remains. Osiris’s coffin was eventually engulfed by a fragrant tamarisk tree, and Isis soon found the box and the corpse in Byblos, where it floated on the Mediterranean Sea … Isis hid the coffin of Osiris, but Set discovered it and dismembered the body into 14 pieces. Isis persisted and began to look for the parts of her husband. She found all of his remains except for his phallus, which had been devoured by a Nile fish, called Oxyrrnchus by the Greeks.” [5]

When Isis fashioned Osiris’ body together and reanimated it with her magical powers, she became pregnant from the corpse and gave birth to Horus. The source also says:

“In another adventure, the goddess Isis discovered the secret name of the god Ré, viewed always as the most potent of magical weapons. She thus provided herself with additional powers, all of which she dedicated to the service of mankind.” [6]

With this in mind, we can now grasp the symbolisms behind the monument allegedly erected to Hiram Abif.

The “beautiful virgin” is Isis weeping for her husband. The broken column represents the phallus of Osiris. The spring of acacia she held is an allusion to Kemetic soul immortality and agricultural fertility.

The urn is a canopic jar used in Egyptian funerary rituals to store the vital organs of mummies. [7] The “Time” standing behind her refers to Saturn, a later form of Set, the Egyptian god of violence, chaos and disorder. Set is one of the oldest forms of Satan. [8]

It’s clear that the Masonic appellation “Widow’s Son” is a veiled reference to Horus, the son of Isis. There’s a striking similarity between the Masonic legend of Hiram Abif and the Kemetic myth of Osiris.

Both are slain by wicked men who are in turn slain in vengeance; both are buried, dug up, buried again, and finally buried a third time, after an attempt to raise them from the dead. Both are also craftsmen.

Even though Masonry is a masculine form of the mysteries which downplays the goddess’ role, nevertheless, Isis is presented as the holder of the keys to the depths of magick.

Just as Isis discovered the secret name of Ra, Masonry is also based on rediscovering the “Master’s Word,” a secret name. Thus, Manly Hall, a 33° Mason and one of the most influential occultists in the last century, wrote:

“In one of the myths concerning her, Isis is said to have conjured the invincible God of Eternities, Ra, to tell her his secret and sacred name, which he did. This name is equivalent to the Lost Word of Masonry. By means of this Word, a magician can demand obedience from the invisible and superior deities.” [9]

It can’t get any clearer than that. Masonry has nothing to do with the God of the Bible, but pagan deities which He warned us never to serve (Exodus 20:2-3). Freemasonry is no different from the Old Path of witchcraft. They channel the same demonic deities for power, wisdom and protection.

Hall also revealed that:

“The great mysteries of Hermeticism, the great spiritual truths hidden from the world by the ignorance of the world, and the keys of the secret doctrines of the ancient philosophers, are all symbolized by the Virgin Isis. Veiled from head to foot, she reveals her wisdom only to the tried and initiated few who have earned the right to enter her sacred presence…” [10]

Isis in her various forms is the evil entity that all occultists and witches must plug themselves into to wield their powers.

Just as Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers, this demon has a special ability to bind the minds of her worshippers with her dark religious veils and prevent them from receiving the light of the Gospel of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4).

So when Iyanla presents Isis to her fans as “Our Lady,” or a “cross bearer” invites you to behold the veiled mysteries of the “Holy Grail,” or a Wiccan introduces you to the energies of Astarte or a Catholic waxes eloquent about the power of “the Blessed Virgin Mary,” note carefully that her true identity is the demonic queen of heaven.

Notes

[1] Valiente, Doreen, An ABC of Witchcraft, Phoenix, WA, 1988, p. 159.

[2] Pike, Albert, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Supreme Council of the Thirty -Third Degree, Charleston, 1950, p. 104-105.

[3] Duncan, Malcolm, Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1987, pp. 102-121.

[4] Duncan, p. 125.

[5] Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Margaret Bunson, Facts on File, NY., 2002 p. 183.

[6] Ibid, p. 183.

[7] Flexner, Stuart Berg, The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Random House, New York, 1987, p. 305.

[8] Ancient History Encyclopedia https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ancient.eu/amp/1-14437/

[9] Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of the Ages, Lulu, 1973, p. 114.

[10] Manly p. 84.