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Just What Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN?
What Is the WAY?
Peter gave the WAY, and the conditions. Repent, he
said, and be baptized, as an act of FAITH in Christ, His
shed blood in payment of the penalty of our sins, and
His resurrection making possible our eternal life and being
born again. Then, he said, we shall receive the Holy Spirit.
Those in whom the Holy Spirit dwells ARE CHRIST's
(Rom. 8:9); all others are not. But IF God's Spirit dwells
in them God will, by a resurrection AS He raised Christ
from the dead, bring forth all such in immortal spirit life
- composed of spirit as Christ is.
All these scriptures MAKE CLEARLY PLAIN that we
are to be BORN AGAIN by, and ONLY by, a resurrection
to spirit composition.
We are now heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ
- NOT YET INHERITORS, or possessors of the Kingdom.
The Human Birth
What is a birth - what is meant by being born?
The actual final
birth
is called
parturition
-
a baby
being delivered out of its mother's womb.
But this
birth
requires a father, as well as a mother!
If
it were not for the PART the father contributes in the
process, there would be no fetus to be
born.
But THERE
IS A TIME ELEMENT. The father's part in what shall, later,
be the
birth
is to beget - to gender - to sire. From his
body emanates the sperm cell that unites with and
starts
life in an ovum within the mother.
This
occurs 9 months
prior
to
parturition
-
or
birth.
We
never
say, in the English language, that imme–
diately when an embryo is conceived in the mother -
sired or begotten by the father - that the embryo has
already been BORN! Birth has not occurred! To say it
would sound idiotic, ridiculous!
From conception must follow the PROCESS called
gestation
for 9 months. The embryo takes on human form
and is called a fetus.
It
must develop and grow physically
to be born.
So with being born again, in a spiritual birth.
What comes from the divine Father is the Holy Spirit.