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Just What Do You Mean
BORN AGAIN?
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dead shall also quicken [change to immortal spirit] your
mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you" (verse
11). This is describing the same thing explained in I
Corinthians 15:50-53, the resurrection.
I want to make this crystal clear. Millions of sincere
professing Christians believe that when they profess Christ
(or receive His Holy Spirit) they are "born again." What
actually happens is this:
The Church Our Mother
When one, after- repentance, faith and baptism receive=;
the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God puts him into- baptizes
him into - God's Church. The Church is called the Body
of Christ. So we read: "By one Spirit are we all baptized
into one body"
(I
Cor. 12:13).
Again, the Church is called "Jerusalem above," or
"the heavenly Jerusalem" (Heb. 12:22-23). Now notice, in
Galatians 4:26: "But Jerusalem which is above is free,
which is the mother of us alL"
The analogy is this: When begotten by God the
Father by receiving His Holy Spirit, we are put into the
Church, which during this gestation period is our MOTHER.
The human mother of the fetus within her womb
serves the function of feeding her unborn child with
physical food, so that it may develop and grow physically.
And also she carries it where she may best protect it
from physical injury or harm, until parturition - delivery
from her womb.
The spiritual mother - the Church - is commis–
sioned to "feed the flock"
(I
Pet. 5:2) through the ministry
which God has set in the Church "for the perfecting of
the saints ... for the edifying of the body of Christ, till
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge
of the Son of God, unto a perfect man ..." (Eph. 4:11-13).
Just as the human fetus develops and grows physically
during the PRE-birth gestation period, so
WE,
after beget tal
by God's Spirit, develop and grow
SPIRITUALLY
in
PRE–
birth state.
But not only is the Church to feed the members on
the Word of God - spiritual food - but also to protect