Begotten Now, the Restored Truth about it, by Herbert W. Armstrong. Does your group still hold fast to this understanding? Check up on it, beware changes that subtly creep into the Church.
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Begotten Now:To beget means begetting, the action or process of generating or producing; generation. The Greek word, gennao, means PRODUCTIONTHROUGH A PROCESS that includes and is generated by the imparting of the fertilizing or life-giving element by the father. In the Greek, gennao, the word is all inclusive as a PRODUCTION PROCESS. Beget refers to the father. And the fatherís action is to cause the start of the process toward birth (I Peter 1:23).
Scripture after scripture - analogy after analogy - comparison after comparison - shows that being BORN of God is a PROCESS, in which there is a time element. Just as being born of the flesh is a process.
At the time when the father begets and the mother conceives of the union of sperm cell and ovum - the fertilized ovum becomes an embryo. But it is not yet delivered from the womb - not yet born! And will not be for nine months. A pregnancy is in progress. Yet during this period of physical development and growth, it is the unborn child of its parents.
In like manner, at the time when the Spirit Father, God, begets a human with the Spirit (the spiritual counterpart of the physical sperm) - the Holy Spirit - he becomes a son of God! He is then already a son of God.
But he is still human - he is still material flesh and blood. He must now undergo a period (until death, the resurrection) of spiritual development and growth. He is in the gestation state in the PROCESS toward being born. He is in the CHURCH of God, but the Church is not the KINGDOM of God.
The Church is composed of human, flesh-and-blood children of God. And, flesh and blood cannot see, cannot enter into, cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is made up of spirit-composed children of God. The Spirit-begotten human in the Church is in the process of being born of God, BUT he has not yet entered the Kingdom of God. He has not yet been BORN of God.
He is in the gestation state toward spirit-BIRTH, but not yet BORN of the Spirit. He yet has a lot of spiritual developing and growing to do - acquiring the spiritual character-image of God.
During our converted human Christian life, we are already children of God, as yet unborn. We have within us through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the presence of ETERNAL LIFE - Spirit life - divine life - BUT, only from and through GOD. We do not, yet, have any eternal life inherent - of ourselves, independent of God! And, WE COULD LOSE IT - be aborted!
This compares to the unborn physical fetus, in the gestation period. It has human life - but only through the umbilical cord and FROM the mother - NOT independently of itself. And it can be aborted!
This is so clearly brought out in the Bible, in I John 5:11-12: "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son."
It is NOT inherent in us. We do not now in this life have BORN life of our own, independent of Him. Our contact with Him through His Spirit is the umbilical cord through which we are partaking of eternal life from Him. Continue, verse 12: "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son hath not life." If one is cut of from Christ, he has NO eternal life.
A BORN human baby has human life on its own - independent of its mother. THAT DEFINES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STATE OF BEGETTAL AND A BORN STATE! The only difference is, in the Christian life we are fed and protected by and through the spiritual Mother the Church, while our actual eternal life comes into us through and from GOD. But when BORN again, of GOD, we shall have ETERNAL LIFE INHERENT - of our own! We are NOT now in that state!