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Just What Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN'
could Jesus be called "the ONLY begotten Son of God"?
ANSWER: The scriptures calling Jesus the ONLY
begotten Son of God all apply to His begettal as the
human Son, His
first
birth- born of the human mother,
Mary. Jesus was the ONLY
human
ever begotten by God
prior to HVMAN birth. In Revelation 1:5, the A.V. speaks
of Christ as the
first begotten
-
but other translations
render it, properly, firstBORN - referring to His resur–
rection, not His human birth from His mother Mary.
Jesus was NOT the
first
begotten
in the sense
that
Abraham, David and Old Testament prophets were be–
gotten.
Before Jesus was conceived by Mary, He was not the
soN of God. God is the divine FAMILY. He was one of
that Family. In
I
John He is called the "Logos" - the
Word. He, like the Father, had existed eternally. But He
is nowhere in God's Word referred to a8 a
SON
of God
prior to conception by Mary. His
human
birth was His
first
birth. He gave up the GLORY He had with the Father
in order to be born into the world to 8ave the world.
Abraham and many othO?rs - prophets and writers
of the Bible - were begotten of God - they were in the
same identical state as human Christians who have God's
Spirit within them today. But they have not, even yet,
INHERITED -
entered into
-
the Kingdom of God. They
have not yet been BORN of God.
Jesus had to be the FIRST to be BORN of God - the
FIRST-BORN of many brethren. That was His
second
birth,
as the resurrection will be ours! "And these all, having
obtained a good report through faith, received not the
promise [were not born into the KINGDOM]: God having
provided some better thing for us, that they without us
should not be made perfect" (Heb.
11:39-40).
Thi8, again, PROVES that the conversion in this life
- receiving the Holy Spirit - is only a
begettal
-
NOT
a birth! For Old Testament fathers and prophets
received
God's Spirit - but they were not "born again" because
.Jesus was the
first
so born!
How does this PROCESS of being born again take
place?