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Just What Do You Mean
BORN AGAIN?
the umbilical cord and FROM the mother - NOT inde–
pendently of itself_ And it can be aborted!
This is so clearly brought out in the Bible, in I John
5:11-12: "And this is the record, that God hath given to
us eternal life,
and this life is in His Son."
It
is NOT
inherent in us. We do not now in this life have HORN
life of our own, independent of Him. Our contact with
Him through His Spirit is the umbilical cord through
which we are partaking of eternal life
from Him.
Continue,
verse 12: "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that
hath not the Son hath not life."
If
one is
cut off
from
Christ, he has NO eternal life.
A HORN human baby has human life
on its own
-
independent of its mother. THAT DEFINES THE DIFFER·
ENCE BETWEEN THE STATE OF BEGETTAL AND A BORN
STATE! The only difference is, in the Christian life we are
fed and protected by and through the spiritual Mother
- the Church, while our actual eternal life comes into
us through and from Goo. But when BORN again, of Goo,
we shall have ETERNAL LIFE INHERENT - of our own!
We are NOT now in that state!
HOW Jesus Was the ONLY Begotten Son
King David of Israel had God's Holy Spirit. Praying
for forgiveness, following his adultery with Bathsheba and
murder of Uriah, he implored: "Create in me a clean
heart, 0 God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast
me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy
Spirit from me" (Psalm
51:10-11).
The prophets had received God's Holy Spirit. Peter
wrote: "... Holy men of God spake as they were moved
by the Holy Spirit" (Il Pet. 1:21). They could not be
called "holy men" unless God's Spirit was within them.
Abraham, Isaac and ,Jacob are to be seen in the
Kingdom of God. ,Jesus said so. Therefore God's Spirit
was "dwelling in them" - they were begotten of God -
but THEY WERE NOT
BORN
OF Goo - for Jesus is the
firstborn
of many brethren.
But if
they
were
begotten
of God by the Holy Spirit
- and hundreds of years before Christ was born, how