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Just What Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN?
that the Father had given ALL
THINGS
into his hands,
and that he was come from God, and went to God. "
John 16:15:
"ALL
THINGS
that the Father hath are
mine..
I Corinthians 15:27:
"For he [the Father] hath put
ALL
THINGS
under his [Christ's] feet. But when he saith
ALL
THINGS
are put under him, it is manifest that he
[the Father] is excepted, which did put ALL
THINGS
under
him. And when ALL
THINGS
shall be subdued unto him,
then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that
put ALL
THINGS
under him, that God may be all in all"
(verse 28).
And- incredible, yet true! -we, in Christ, are made
co-heirs with Christ in this ultimate supreme rule.
Incidentally, the passage in I Corinthians 15:27-28
indicates, in verses 22-26, that our reign over the universe
shall follow the thousand years' reign on the earth.
Must GROW During Gestation
Human life
starts
with what the Bible terms "cor–
ruptible seed" - physical male sperm. Divine life
starts
with that which is incorruptible - the Holy Spirit of
God entering the human person. But as the human
embryo must
GROW
till it becomes a fetus, which must
GROW
to the point of being born into the human family,
so
the Christian in whom divine life has been started by
the gift of God's
incorruptible
Spirit must
GROW
toward
perfection to be born into the Gon family. He will
then
be perfect, unable to sin.
Peter gives an analogy of this:
"Being born again ... "
(I
Pet. 1:23).
Being
-
in
process of - not having
been
-
not yet an immortal
person - but
being
"born again, not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible ...." (Other translations use the term
"begotten.")
Greek: annagennao
-
to beget anew -
(Young). Peter is here referring to the process having
started
within us by the incorruptible Spirit of God -
not
as our human life was begotten by human physical
sperm. Peter here shows that the Spirit of God is the
incorruptible "seed" that imparted the presence of eternal