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Just What Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN'
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It
might be made more clear, in nontechnical lan–
guage, to explain that in some languages words may be
all-inclusive as to
TIME,
without distinction as to past,
present, or future state of a process. For example, in
German there are not the two words designating the two
states of being an
heir
or an
inheritor.
The one German
word would be used in describing a young man who is
his father's
heir,
having not yet inherited anything, or a
man who, after the death of his father, has become an
inheritor of his father's estate.
A Frenchman said,
"If
I were an author, I would
much prefer to write in English, because there are so
many more words, expressing various shades of meaning."
There is a
TIME PERIOD
between fertilization by a
male sperm and parturition - delivery from the womb
- which state as to time, in English, is medically termed
gestation.
We never refer, in English, to that gestation
state as a
born
state. Likewise, in English, we cannot
properly refer to the Christian in whom God's Spirit dwells
as having been "born" of God. My commission is to make
the truth
PLAIN
in English.
Definition: "Supernatural Begettal by
the Holy Spirit"
"To beget
means begetting, the action or process of
generating or producing; generation" [from
New English
Dictionary of Historical Principles,
1888].
It
is interesting
also, in this dictionary to find the following:
"Begettal
(f.
beget
v.
+
al,
d.
Commital) Begetting, 1873, C. M.
Davies: They believe in his preternatural begettaJ by the
Holy Spirit."
Thus, the one Greek word,
gennao,
means
PRODUC·
TION THROUGH A PROCESS
that includes and is generated
by the imparting of the fertilizing or lifegiving element
by the father. There is a
TIME
when the culmination in
BIRTH
has not
yet
occurred.
In the Greek,
gennao,
the word is all-incluf'.ive as a
PRODUCTION PROCESS.
But in English, the word
birth
is
NOT
all-inclusive, and refers only to the final stage of the
process - the time of parturition - delivery of child