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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
it is then the
unborn
child of its parents. The father has already
begotten it - sired it. But the mother has not yet given
birth
to it.
Yet it is, during the gestation period, the
unborn
child of its
parents.
Now in being "born again," the PROCESS of this birth begins
when Gon's Divine SPIRIT-LIFE is imparted to us by the Holy
Spirit, from His very PERSON, entering to dwell within us. Repeat,
from Romans 8: "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 [change to immortal spirit] your mortal
bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you" (verse 11). This is de–
scribing the very same thing explained in 1 Corinthians 15:50-53,
the resurrection.
1 want to make this crystal clear. Miilions of sincere profes–
sing Christians believe that when they profess Christ (or receive
His Holy Spirit) they are "born again." What actually happens is
this:
When one, after repentance, faith, and baptism receives the
Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God puts him into - baptizes him into -
God's Church. The Church is called the body of Christ. So we
read: "By one Spirit are we all baptized into one body" (1 Cor.
12:
13).
The Church Our Mother
Again, the Church is called "Jerusalem above" or "the heavenly
Jerusalem" (Heb. 12:22-23). Now notice, in Galatians 4:26: "But
Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother ofus all."
The analogy is this: When begotten by God the Father by re–
ceiving His Holy Spirit, we are pul into the Church, which during
this gestation period is our MOTHER.
The human mother of the fetus within her womb serves the
function of feeding her unborn child with physical food, so that it
may develop and grow physically. And also she carries it where
she may best protect it from physical injury or harm, until parturi–
tion- delivery from her womb.
The spiritual mother - the Church - is commissioned to
"feed the ftock" (1 Pet. 5:2) through the ministry which God has
set in the Church "for the perfecting of the saints ... for the