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Just What Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN?
sinner needing salvation. He was the pioneer, setting us
the example, that we, too, may be BORN of God.
When Born Again What Shall
We Be
Like?
When we are born again, what shall we be like?
Here is the answer: "For our conversation [citizen-
ship
I
is in heaven;
from whence
also we look for the
Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall
change
our vile
body [FLESH], that it may be fashioned like unto his
glorious body ..." (Phil. 3:20-21). And what is Christ's
GLORIOUS body like? His eyes are as flames of fire - His
face bright as the sun at full strength - Revelation
1:14-16.
A TIME When Begotten but Not YET Born
Thus, scripture after scripture - analogy after an–
alogy - comparison after comparison -shows that being
HORN of God
is
a PROCESS, in which there
is
a time
element. Just as being born of the human flesh is a
process.
At the
time
when the father
begets
and the mother
conceives
-
of the union of sperm cell and ovum - the
fertilized ovum becomes an
embryo.
But it is not yet
delivered from the womb - not yet
born!
And will not
be for nine months. A pregnancy is
in progress.
Yet during
this period of physical development and growth, it
is
the
unborn child of its parents.
In like manner, at the
time
when the Spirit Father,
God, begets a human with the Spirit (the spiritual
counterpart of the physical
sperm)
-
the Holy Spirit -
he becomes a
son
of God! He is then already a
son
of God.
But he is still human - he is still material flesh and
blood. He must now undergo a period (until death, the
resurrection) of spiritual development and growth. He is
in the
gestation
state in the PROCESS toward being born.
He is in the CHURCH of God, but the Church
is
not
the
KINGDOM of God.
The Church is composed of
human, flesh-and-blood
children of God. And, flesh and blood cannot see, cannot
enter into, cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. The