Jesus is talking to a clever ruler named Nicademus : “I want you to know something that except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicademus took this literally and had a little joke with Jesus but Jesus replied : “Except a man be born of water and the Spirit , he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”John3:3,5
A short 9 mile cycle in the mist.
Not all the wisdom and skill of man can produce life in the smallest object in nature. It is only through the life which God Himself has imparted, that either plant or animal can live. So it is only through the life from God that spiritual life is begotten in the hearts of men.E.G. White Steps to Christ pp 66