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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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gotten and BORN of God as God's own born children. We there–
fore shall be greater than angels!
Jesus explained this further to Nicodemus: "The wind blow–
eth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst
not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: sois everyone that
is born of the Spirit" (John 3:8).
You cannot see wind. Wind is compared to Spirit. lt is INVIS–
IBLE. That's why mortal FLESH, as we now are, cannot SEE the
Kingdom of God. Those who inherit it will
be
Spirit - normally
invisible to eyes still human.
Not While Flesh and Blood
The apostle Paul made clear that the Kingdom of God is some–
thing a human may INHERIT, but not in THIS AGE- not while he is
composed of material fiesh.
"The first man is of the earth, earthy [human]: the second
man is the Lord from heaven [a divine God being]''
(1
Cor.
15:47).
This is what Jesus was saying to Nicodemus. He was of the
earth, earthy - human. He was fiesh, not Spirit. He was born of
the fiesh, so that's what he was - FLESH. When one is born of
the Spirit, he will BE Spirit. Paul is here explaining the same
truth.
But we cannot BE Spirit in this present age.
THERE IS A TIME ELEMENT CONCERNED WITH BEING BORN
AGAIN INTO Gon's KINGDOM.
Continue, now, in
1
Corinthians 15:49: "And as we have
borne the image of the earthy, we shall [future - resurrection]
also bear the image of the heavenly" (verse 49). As we are now
fiesh, we shall be SPIRIT - at the resurrection, that is, when we
shall be "BORN AGAIN" - when we shall
see,
enter into, the King–
dom ofGod- when we
are
Spirit- at the resurrection!
"Now this
1
say, brethren, that fiesh and blood cannot inherit
the kingdom ofGod; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, 1 shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [be dead],
but we shall all be
changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an
eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we [the then living] shall be