"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.
Born again is: born of the spirit; born of water; and born of God. They are children, sons, and bride. Children inherit new earth; Sons inherit new heavens; and Bride (New Jerusalem) will be with Christ in Mount Sion. Servants are baptized with Holy Ghost and serve with gifts. They will serve in the temple.
If you prefer to hear the video clip also, please click on this link: "Declaration 18"
This is, Declaration of Faith #18. Topic is: Child,
Servant, Son, and Bride, all have rewards in Heaven.
God ordains his servants to do his ministry, with Holy Ghost baptism, and with gifts. Good servants will also serve in the temple of God in paradise, which is New Earth. Born again is different from the baptism of the Holy Ghost. It is a continues process and it contains 'born of the Spirit', 'born of Water', and 'born of God'. It begins with born of the Spirit. It is by receiving the holy spirit from God, and grow in the spirit. It is like a spiritual baby is born and grew. Second step is to be born of water. The word of God is compared to water that cleans the dirt, and in this case it cleans the sin. So, 'born of water' is, 'born of the word'. If God opens the understanding of his word to us, then we are born of water. And we must become the part of the word by doing what the word says. This is our growth. If we are fully grown in the word, then we are Sons of God. Third step is to answer the high calling of God. It is to be 'born of God' and the growth is to become perfect as Jesus Christ is perfect. They are called as the bride of the Lamb, that is the bride of Jesus Christ. Children will attain New Earth, it is Paradise. Sons will be in New Heavens. The Bride will be with Jesus Christ in Mount Sion. We all will receive reward from God according to our works. Unrighteous people will be cast into hell and then into the lake of fire. Righteous people will inherit heaven, according to their level. Now, let us study the four levels in heaven.
Jesus Christ told his disciples in Acts 1: "4 ... being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight."Just before the grand finale of his ascension, he gave the commandment to his disciples, to wait for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, before they start the ministry. This is very important for the ministry. So, the disciples and about 120 people waited, received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the power of God. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the ordination of Jesus Christ to his people to do his ministry. The Holy Ghost also gives them gifts. Those who have done good service to the Lord in the ministry here in the world, will also serve God in heaven, in the temple of God, which is in paradise, that is new earth, "Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." The tabernacle of God will be on new earth and his servants will serve God in the tabernacle.
'Born of the spirit' and 'baptism of the Holy Ghost' are entirely two different things. 'Baptism of the Holy Ghost' is ordination to do the ministry of God. 'Born of the Spirit' is to receive the Holy Spirit from God, in order to live a righteous life. Jesus Christ says, in John 3:3: "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." Unless a person is born of the spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God. When the holy spirit is first born into a person, he/she becomes a child of God; a spiritual infant. The baby must grow. When Jesus was a man, he was filled with the spirit beyond measure. John 3:34 says, "God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him." So, the spirit is given by measure. Jesus Christ announces in John 7: "37) … If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39) (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:.." God wish that you drink full and grow to the maximum. But we will drink the holy spirit, according to our thirst. Some of us will be satisfied as soon as our tongues get wet and that way we may reach new earth. But a few others will keep on drinking until their bellies are full and overflowing, and they may reach new heavens, or even Mount Sion, as New Jerusalem. God will give us according to our works.
Born of the water is born of the word. In John 3:5 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, in addition to being born of the spirit, a person must be born of water to enter into the kingdom of God. How is a person born of water? This is symbolic language. Ephesians 5 says: "26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Here, it says that a believer is cleansed and sanctified by washing of water, which is the word of God. So here, water is the word of God. The purification is done, as we obey the word of God, that is as we do what the word says. 1 Peter 1:23 says: "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." That is, the word of God should abide in us, and then we will do what the word says instinctively. Then, we are born of the word, that is born of the water. "1 John 2:14 the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one." So again, the word of God abiding in us is higher level in 'born of water', and it will make us overcome the devil, which qualifies us to enter into the kingdom of God, as sons of God. In the resurrection, the Sons of God will appear as Jesus Christ is, in his glory. 1 John 3:2 says: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And the Sons of God will inherit the New Heavens.
Those who are born of water, who are already sons of God, will strive to become as holy as Jesus Christ is holy. They will become the bride of Christ. 1 John 3:2&3 says: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3) And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." As Sons of God, they look like Jesus Christ. As they become as pure as Jesus Christ, they are bride of Christ. "Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 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:" God has given them the ministry in the church so that they may become unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That is to become just as pure as Jesus Christ is pure, in order to become the bride of Christ. This status is 'born of God'. 1 John 3:9 says: "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." So, "born of God" people do not commit sin, and they cannot commit sin; because the seed of God remains in him, and that is the bride. Some time, common Christians get annoyed by this verse and they begin to attack. But this verse is not about them; it is about the bride of Christ, in whom is the seed of God abides. But they, the common Christians, may go to New Earth, and there is no need to get panic or to attack. But, Jesus Christ will take the bride unto himself to be with him. John 14:2&3 says: "2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." Many mansions are in paradise or new earth for the children. He prepares a place, and it is for the sons among the disciples. And he receives the bride unto himself. Heaven is provided for all three categories, and it is not prudent to fight over scripture and to end up in hell. It is good to have peace. 'Born of God' people are the bride or New Jerusalem, and they will be with Jesus Christ in Mount Sion in heaven. We all receive according to what we have done.
Thank you for listening, God bless you and be with you. Amen.
Please verify them from
these links. "Levels
in heaven", "New Earth", "New
Heaven." Thank you.
Please verify them from these links. "Levels in heaven", "New Earth", "New Heaven." Thank you.
God Bless You