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1. We all began with Born of Flesh.
We are souls and our bodies are given to us. Body came from the dust, and it will return to the dust. Body is flesh and blood and they will not inherit heaven. Our soul is eternal, and it will not die; that is, after our bodies die, our souls will continue to live. In creation, God breathed the spirit into the man, and he became a living soul. If it is not for the spirit, the soul will to live according to the desires of the flesh. If the soul receives the spirit, it will have a choice to live according to the spirit or to the body. According to how we live, we either go to heaven or hell. So, God tells us to be born again. It begins with born of the spirit, then born of water that is the Word, and then born of God. But many people call themselves born again and live the life of flesh. How do we know? Galatians 5:19-21, 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: If we do any of these, we are of the flesh. If you like to know the details of the topic, please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."
People are born again and involve in churches. Is it good or bad? If our preachers guide our life, we are religious. Born again life will be God centered, but not church centered. However, a child of a king will be under a caretaker until he grows out of the childhood. When he becomes an adult, he will be no more under the caretaker. So also, a child of God will be raised and nourished under the law, to drink milk and grow. So, we are under the law until we grow. "Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." But some of us will not be sincere to the law, when we are under the law. They will be dropped out. A life according to our desire is not godly. But our life according to God's will is spiritual and godly. If you like to know the details of the topic, please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."
The first step of born again is to be born of the spirit. Jesus Christ says in John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. So, we have two births. One is of the flesh, that is our soul receives our body. At spirit birth, our soul receives the holy spirit from God. God places the spirit with our soul in our body. Now we are born of the spirit. It is the first step of being born again. God gives the holy spirit to help us to live a holy life.
Holy Spirit is the life to our souls. So, if we have a sincere desire to live a godly life, we must ask God to give us the holy spirit. Please notice; this is neither the baptism of the Holy Ghost, nor the ministry gifts. Jesus Christ tells in "Luke 11:9 I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 13 --- how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" Here, God gives the Holy Spirit as a gift. But the gifts that are given by the Holy Ghost to do the ministry are also spiritual gifts; but they are to show signs in the ministry. The Holy Spirit is given as a gift, for us to lead a holy life, and this spirit is mandatory for eternal life. We must ask God as his child, to receive the holy spirit. If you like to know the details of the topic, please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."
Romans 8:1 says, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." He walks after the spirit, he is spiritual, and there will be no condemnation to him. "Romans 8:13 .. if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." However, if we mortify the deeds of the body, then sin will not be a problem for us. Then, we will only have the Spirit, the flesh body will just become a tabernacle for the soul to live. According to 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, our spirit, which God gave as earnest of spirit, will become our glorified body, which will look the same as Jesus Christ, and we will be with God in his kingdom forever.
When we receive the spirit in our soul, the process of born again began.John 3:3 Jesus said, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. So, if we are born of the spirit, we can see the kingdom of God. In verse 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. So, we must be born of water also, in order to enter into the kingdom of God. 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, .. by the word of God. Here it says to be born by the word of God. Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. Here it says that water is the word of God and we must be sanctified and be cleansed with it. That is, we must live by the word. 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: Here word of God is milk. It is for food and nourishment to the baby to grow. If the baby studies the word of God and lives by it, the baby grows and becomes a son of God and can enter in the kingdom of God. Now, the son receives a higher calling to become the Bride. If you like to know the details of the topic, please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."
If you qualify to be a Son of God, your next call will be to become pure as Jesus Christ is pure, as in 1 John 3:2&3. But Jesus Christ was pure without sin. 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 5:4.. whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: 18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; They are born of God and they are perfect as Jesus Christ, because the seed of God remains in them. They will be transformed into the glory of Christ when he comes for his bride.
Born again is a process. It is to be born as a baby, drink milk, exercise obedience, and growing. At this stage of being a baby, they may commit sin. But their goal will always be holiness, but not to settle in a place where they can sin and go to heaven. As they become mature, they become sons of God or bride of Christ. Then they will not, and they cannot commit sin.
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