Page 36 - COG Publications

Basic HTML Version

34
Just
Whar Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN?
from the womb. One's birthday in English always means
the
DAY -
or anniversary of the day - of his delivery
from his mother's womb.
Status of Christian, NOW
Now let us notice one of the problems to be expected
in rendering the verb
gennao
into
our
being
born again
of God.
When Jesus was talking with Nicodemus, He was
referring to the
TIME
when we may
see, enter into,
the
Kingdom of God. And that is the
TIME
of the final
BIRTH.
For the Kingdom is literally the Family of God. Therefore
the translators correctly rendered the Greek
gennao
in
John 3:3-8 in the English word
born.
Combining this with I Corinthians 15:45-53, the
resurrection chapter, it is made absolutely plain that we
do not
enter into
and
inherit
the Kingdom of God while
still flesh and blood, but only after the resurrection to
SPIRIT COMPOSITION.
Being
born again
refers to the time - the
future
state - when we shall
BE
spirit, no longer flesh and
blood -
born
actually
by
the resurrection.
But in certain passages, the Greek
gennao
is used,
in referring to the
present
state of those who have received
the spiritual life-begetting, impregnating Holy Spirit.
They are, upon receiving His Holy Spirit, children of God,
in the same sense that the embryo-fetus is the unborn
child of its human parents.
We are in the state - the
TIME ELEMENT -
after
generation-conception, but prior to birth. In the human
instance, the medical term for this state is
gestation.
We
are
NOW
begotten
children of God - but still
flesh-and-blood
human..-;
-
still
heirs
-
not yet spirit–
composed divine beings - not yet inheritors - not yet
having been "brought forth" into, or seen, or inherited
the Kingdom of God - therefore, not yet
BORN
of God.
In other words - shocking though His truth may
sound to some to whom this truth is new, that which is
born of humans is born into the
human
family - the
human
kingdom - and that which is
born
of God is born