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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
Continue: "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we
may be [future - at resurrection] also glorified together" (verse
17).
Now see how this passage designates the resurrection into
GLORY, when we shall BE Spirit, as a BIRTH!
"For the earnest expectation of the [creation] waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God" - that is
the time
of Christ's
coming to REIGN and of the resurrection to SPIRIT composition–
" ... because the [creation] itself also
shal/ be de/ivered
[a
birthJ
from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the
children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth
and
travai/eth in pain
together until now" (verses 19-22).
Here is another comparison. We shall be delivered from
this
world
(the Church is
in,
though not
ofthis
world) into the glorious
WORLD TOMORROW and the Kingdom which shall rule it.
The CREATION is waiting for this time of Christ's coming, the
resurrection, and the Kingdom of God, because the creation
shal/
be DELIVERED
from the bondage of corruption or deteriorated
decay.
It
is not now delivered.
It
SHALL BE - at the resurrection.
Although this is not referring directly to
our
being born again, it IS
a direct comparison to the BIRTH of a child being DELIVERED from
its
mother's womb.
The resurrection - the time when we are changed to BE Spirit
and to INHERIT the Kingdom will be a time of DELIVERY FROM the
bondage of corruptible ftesh and from this world of SIN - AREAL
BIRTH!
Christ Bom a Second Time By the Resurrection
Continue in Romans 8: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he
[Jesus] might be the
firstborn
among many brethren" (verse 29).
Now compare with Romans 1:3-4: "Concerning his Son
Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David ac–
cording to the ftesh; and declared to be the Son of God ... by the
resurrection from the dead."
Jesus was, in the human ftesh- His first birth- a descendant
of David. But, by the resurrection from the dead (born AGAIN),