Originally posted by Monsoon X
He's not combining the natural birth and spiritual rebirth in that one passage.
Oh, but I think He is. Nicodemus thought he had to be born physically twice, Jesus explains you need to be born physically and spiritually.
What about here where it plainly states that simply believing will save you?
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Act 16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
Act 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Act 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Sure in the second passage they are baptized in water afterwards but when Paul and Silas is outright asked how one can be saved they simply state...believe. They didn't say believe and be baptized. Baptism in water was always done after conversion.