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176 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
changed"
(verses 50-52).
There
is the TIME
when
we may be born
again -
when
we may
see, enter into, and inherit
the Kingdom -
when "BORN AGAIN," and
NOT BEFORE!
How shall we be changed? The next words answer! "For this
corruptible [fiesh, as we now are] must pul on incorruption [Spirit
- that which is born of God
is
Spirit), and this mortal must pul on
immortality" - be changed from material ftesh to Spirit!
Unti/
born again, we cannot
see
the Kingdom of God - Jesus
to Nicodemus, John 3:3.
Until
born again, we cannot
enter into
the Kingdom of God
- Jesus to Nicodemus, John 3:5.
Unti/
no longer ftesh, but
changed
into SPIRIT, we cannot en–
ter into the Kingdom ofGod- Jesus to Nicodemus, John 3:6-8.
Whi/e
still ftesh and blood (as Nicodemus was and we are) we
cannot
inherit
the Kingdom of God - Paul to the Corinthians,
1 Cor. 15:50.
Unti/
the resurrection, al Christ's coming, we shall not be
changed from corruptible ftesh into incorruptible SPIRIT - Paul,
1 Cor. 15:50-53 and verses 22-23.
Until
the resurrection, therefore, we cannot
see, enter
into, or
inherit
the Kingdom of God. We CANNOT BE BORN AGAIN UNTIL
THE RESURRECTION!
Now Heirs- Not Yet lnheritors
While in our present status, born of the ftesh and composed of
ftesh, we cannot see, enter into, or inherit the Kingdom of God.
Notice, now, the status of the truly converted Christian, in this life
- this world:
"Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of
his" (Rom. 8:9). Unless one has received the Holy Spirit, and this
Spirit is dwelling in him, he is not a Christian. Joining a church
does not make one a Christian. Receiving and following God's
Spirit does!
Spiritual Birth Process Compares to Physical
But now see how God's Spirit entering and dwelling in one com–
pares to the physical sperm impregnating the ovum - the impart–
ing of eterna! SPIRIT life, later lo produce a SPIRIT PERSON!
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