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Just What Do You Meao .. BORN AGAIN?
While
still flesh and blood (as Nicodemus was and
we are) we cannot
inherit
the Kingdom of God - (Paul
to the Corinthians,
I
Cor. 15:50).
Until
the resurrection, at Christ's coming, we shall
not he changed from corruptible flesh into incorruptible
SPIRIT (Paul -
I
Cor. 15:50-53 and verses 22-23).
Until
the resurrection, therefore, we cannot
see, enter
into, or
inherit
the Kingdom of God. WE CANNOT BE
BORN AGAIN UNTIL THE RESURRECTION!
Now Heirs -
Not yet Inheritors
While in our present status, born of the flesh and
composed of flesh, we cannot see, enter into, or inherit
the Kingdom of God. Notice, now, the status of the truly
converted Christian, in this life - this world:
"Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he
is
none of his" (Rom. 8:9). Unless one has received the
Holy Spirit, and this Spirit is dwelling in him, he is not
a Christian. Joining a church does not make one a
Christian. Receiving and following God's Spirit does!
Holy Spirit Entering Compares to
Sperm Entering Ovum
But now see how God's Spirit entering and dwelling
in one compares to the physical sperm impregnating the
ovum - the imparting of eternal SPIRIT life, later to
produce - to bring forth - a SPIRIT PERSON!
A
fertilized
ovum - an embryo - is NOT a
born
human person. Life
from the father has been imparted to it - he has begotten
it - but neither embryo nor fetus is YET a
born
person.
In
the same manner the Spirit-begotten human is not,
yet,
a SPIRIT PERSON
Of
BEING, as Jesus said he shall be
when
born again!
Continue: "But if the Spirit of him that raised up
Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ
from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by
his Spirit that dwelleth in you" (verse 11).
UNDERSTAND THIS! There is a direct comparison
between having been born of the flesh, and being born
AGAIN of God. Jesus said, that which is born of the flesh