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Ju5t What Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN?
life within us. Continue: "by the word of God, which
liveth and abideth for ever."
Peter continues, chapter 2: "Wherefore ... as newborn
babes...." Not that we
are
already-born
perfect
divine
spirit persons having entered into and inherited God's
Kingdom. He is comparing the Christian's spiritual "gest–
ation" period to that of a newborn human physical baby
simply because it would be awkward indeed to compare
it to a physical embryo or fetus. He is not saying we
are
already
born
babes in God's Kingdom - but
as
-
or
like
newborn human babes.
It
is an
analogy,
which
Webster says is a comparison or "likeness between two
things ... consisting in the resemblance
not of the things
themselves,
but of two or more attributes, circumstances
or effects."
Peter is simply showing that,
as
a newborn human
babe must be nourished and
GROW
physically (even, for
that matter, as must the unborn fetus), so Christians
must grow spiritually. Continue: "desire the sincere milk
of the word" (RSV has: "long for the pure spiritual milk")
"that ye may
GROW
thereby"
(I
Pet. 2:1-2). Paul styled
it "unto the
perfect
man" (Eph. 4:13) - unable to sin.
When born again, we shall not be helpless spirit
BABES,
but spirit beings of perfection
unable
to sin. This Christian
spiritual
GROWTH
is in spiritual character and knowledge
in this present human life.
As
a physical babe must grow
physically, so
we in the Christian life must grow in
spiritual knowledge and character (see II Pet. 3:18) to
become
PERFECT,
which we shall never attain
UNTIL
born
as spirit
beings.
The Comparison
During our converted human Christian life, we are
already children of God, as yet unborn. We have within
us through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the presence of
ETERNAL LIFE -
Spirit life - divine life -
BUT,
only
from and through Gon. We do not, yet, have any eternal
life
inherent
-
of
ourselves,
independent of God! And,
WE COULD LOSE IT -
be aborted!
This compares to the unborn physical fetus, in the
gestation period. It has human life - but only through