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Lessons To A PhariseePharisees at the time of Christ's first coming were anti-Christian. That is true, but some Pharisees not only were converted into Christians, they became very prominent in the early Christian Church. The Pharisee Saul, later known as the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry), certainly is included in that category. Another is the Pharisee Nicodemus to whom Christ gave two of His most well-known teachings i.e. "born again" and the very-often quoted "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" of John 3:16.
The proof that Nicodemus became a believer is also evident in that he was one of the two men who placed the Christ in the tomb after His sacrifice:
"19:38 And after this Joseph Of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:38-42 KJV)
"I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God"
Christ's "born again" teaching to Nicodemus is one of the most misunderstood doctrines of Christianity. Many Christian-professing people claim to be "born again" now, despite Christ's words that born again means to actually become spirit. That's what salvation from mortality is all about.
"3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 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.
Fact Finder: By what means are Christians conceived now, awaiting a future birth?