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The
CREATION
is waiting for this time of Christ's
coming, the resurrection, and the Kingdom of God.
Because the creation
shall be DELIVERED
from the
bondage of corruption. Not now delivered -
SHALL BE
- at the resurrection time! Although this is not referring
directly to
our
being born again, it rs a direct comparison
to the
BIRTH
of a child being
DELIVERED
from its mother's
womb.
The resurrection - the time when we are changed
to
BE
spirit and to
INHERIT
the Kingdom will be a time
of
DELIVERY FROM
the bondage of corruptible flesh and
from this world Of
SIN -
A
REAL BIRTH!
Christ Born a Second Time
By the Resurrection
Continue in Romans 8:
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate
to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he [Jesus]
might be the firstborn among many brethren" (verse 29).
Now compare with Romans 1:3-4: "Concerning his
Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed
of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the
Son of God ... by the resurrection from the dead."
Jesus was, in the human flesh - His first birth -
a descendant of David, and, by the resurrection from the
dead - (born
AGAIN) -
the Son of God, now no longer
human, but composed of
SPIRIT -
a Spirit Being. He
thus became the
FIRST
so
BORN
of many brethren who
shall be
BORN AGAIN
at the time of the resurrection of
those who are Christ's.
Of course we understand, and so did Paul in writing
the above, that Jesus was also the Son of God while in
the human flesh. Though
born of a human
woman, He
was sired by God. But this is comparing the two births
- the one from the human Mary, as descended from the
human David - the other, by His resurrection to glory,
as Son of God by His resurrection, in the same manner
we may be.
Emphatically this does
NOT
imply that Jesus was a