8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus used the winds blowing in the streets of Jerusalem to illustrate how the Holy Spirit works in regeneration.
8 The wind blows where it wishes,
Jesus used the metaphor of “wind” for a power that is felt but unseen. The wind has uncertain origin and goes in an unpredictable path. We cannot govern the wind; it goes where it wishes. No one can control the sovereignty of God in salvation. Salvation is the work of the Spirit of God.
and you hear the sound of it,
It possible to hear the wind blow but not see it.
but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
Like the wind with an unpredictable path, the Spirit works in our salvation in a way the human being cannot fully analyze. We cannot see His power working, but He nevertheless moves mightily on the person who believes in Him.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
The Spirit’s power in salvation is unseen but there nevertheless. As the wind is invisible and we cannot know from where it comes and where it goes, so salvation by the Spirit is something that we cannot fully understand without being God Himself. None of us can know fully what the Holy Spirit does in saving our souls. There is an element of mystery to it.
Regeneration is a ministry of the Holy Spirit and not a human matter.
Fallen people cannot regenerate or birth themselves spiritually. The Holy Spirit works in an invisible way much like the wind is invisible. We experience being born again passively. We cannot make ourselves born; it is God who brings life to our soul.
The Holy Spirit is the One who does the planting of eternal life into our souls. As no one can direct the wind, so no one can save his own soul. The Spirit does as He pleases in saving our souls. A person cannot become born again except that the Holy Spirit breathes eternal life into him or her.