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Just What Do You Mean. BORN
AGAIN?
The Revised Version also corrected this error, rightly
rendering it: "whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ
is
begotten
of God, and whosoever loveth Him that
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loveth him also that is
begotten
of Him."
One final example:
I
.John 5:4 - the A.V. erroneously
renders it: "For whatsoever is
born
of God overcometh
the world ... " but the Revised Version corrected it to
read: "For whatsoever is
begotten
of God overcometh the
world. "
Correctly Translated
Now quickly notice a few instances where the SAME
GREEK woRn was correctly translated
"beuotten."
I
Cor. 4:15, the Apostle Paul is talking to those
converted under his ministr.y. "For though ye have ten
thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many
fathers: for in Christ ,Jesus
I
have
heuotten
you through
the gospel." There it is correctly translated, showing that
Paul's converts at Corinth, as his "spiritual children."
had been
begotten
of God,
hut not yet BORN.
The experience of conversion, in this life, is a
begettal
-a "conception"- an "impregnation"- but NOT YET
A BIRTH! This we have made very PLAIN!
One more- Heb. I :5 -speaking of CHRIST's beget tal
in the virgin Mary. This verse shows that Christ, later
BORN of God by a resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4),
was an actual BEGOTTEN soN OF Goo, in a manner that
no angel is, or can be. Angels are merely
created
beings.
They are not actually
begotten
of God, so that in this
sense they are not His
born
sons, as Christ now is - and
as we may also be.
Notice the verse: "For unto which of
the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this
day have I
begotten
thee?"
Now that ought to be plain. A converted person -
one who has repented, accepted Christ as Saviour, received
God's Holy Spirit, does have a
changed
attitude and
outlook and purpose - his whole character
begins
to
change, and travel in a opposite direction. BuT
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IS NOT
INVISIBLE TO THF. HUMAN EYES OF OTHER PEOPLE! He is
not
composed of
SPIRIT. He is still composed of material