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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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fertilized ovum - an embryo - is NOT a
born
human person. Life
from the father has been imparted to it. He has begotten it, but
neither embryo nor fetus is YET a
born
person. In the same man–
ner the Spirit-begotten human is not,
yet,
a SPIRIT PERSON or
BEING, as Jesus said he shall be
when
born again!
Continue: "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from
the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall
also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in
you" (verse 11 ).
UNDERSTAND THIS! There is a direct comparison between
having been born of the flesh and being born AGAIN of God. Jesus
said that which is born of the flesh
is
flesh - a born
human.
That
which is born of the spirit (God)
is
Spirit - a bom SPIRIT PERSON!
A mortal human life
starts
when a sperm cell from the body
of the father impregnates - imparts physical LIFE to - an ovum
(egg cell) in the mother. At this point the father begets, sires. He
does not "bring forth." The mother does that, later. His part in the
PROCESS leading to final birth is then
done.
BUT THERE IS A TIME
ELEMENT. At the TIME of begettal, birth (parturition) has not YET
occurred.
It
is necessary to give this explanation, at this point, because
the popular deception of a deceived traditional "Christianity" is
to claim that when one "receives Christ," "accepts Christ," "pro–
fesses Christ," or first receives God's Holy Spirit to dwell in him,
he is already "BORN AGAIN."
First, then, notice the physical type and comparison.
The TIME Element
In human physical reproduction, there is a TIME ELEMENT. From
impregnation -
begettal
on the part of the father - having
con–
ceived
on the part of the mother - to BIRTH, or
parturition,
or
being delivered from the mother's womb is a TIME ELEMENT of
nine months.
That nine-month period is called
gestation.
Upon conception,
the now fertilized
ovum
is called an
embryo.
A few months later, it
is called a fetus. But
during
this nine-month period of
gestation,
we do not speak of the embryo-fetus as having been
born.
It
is
in the PROCESS toward birth.
It
is the child of its parents. But