Born Again

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA

God is three Souls in one Spirit. 'Born again' is not a new phrase to Christians. If we know where our church is, if we know how to read the Bible, sing a worship song, say a slogan of our church, repeat a cliché, then we are considered born again. But this is not born again according to Jesus Christ. He says in John 3:"3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." It is our spirit birth. It is not what we do. It is what has happened to us. It happens twice. First, all are born of the flesh and second, few are born of the Spirit. Since it is second birth, they are born AGAIN.

Primarily we, the humans, are souls. A soul will be given a flesh body to become a human. Then the human may be given a spirit body, to become a complete person with body, soul, and spirit. So, there are two births. The first is physical birth, and the second is born again, which is the spirit birth, or born again. A flesh body is given to the soul at conception, as a tabernacle for the soul to live in. The body goes through a process of growth, from conception to birth, and then the birth happens. This birth is a process, even though we consider only the day of birth. But the soul is the person, even though the body goes through a process of growth. Without this growth, there will be no birth. So, the process of growth is built in birth. In the same way, the spirit, or the spirit body also may be given to the soul. This spirit also will go through a process of growth. As the full grown flesh body is born to live on earth, the full grown spirit person will be born into the kingdom of God to live as sons of God in heaven.

Flesh body came from the dust of the earth, which will return to earth, on the last day. "Ecclesiastics 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." This also says that God may give a spirit to be an eternal body for the soul to live in heaven, as the flesh body goes to the earth. If God does not give this spirit, the soul will be found naked at the physical death, and will be thrown to hell. "2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. ... 5 God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit." As God has given a tiny flesh body to the soul, and guided the body to grow to maturity to be born as a baby, God also gives a tiny spirit, as earnest spirit so that it may grow to the maturity of Jesus Christ and to be glorified to look the same as Jesus Christ at the rapture, to be born into heaven as begotten sons of God, and this growth is a process. "Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 1 John 3:2 but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; ..." So, our souls have received flesh and was born with flesh. So also, our souls may receive a spirit that is holy and it is from God, and this is called born of the spirit or born again. And this spirit is the holy spirit and it is also called spirit of man. If you would like to study the details, I have given a few links below for your study. I hope and pray that this may be of help to you.

Links: "Video Born Again", "Lesson Born Again", and "God begets Sons".

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