"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.
We are souls born of the flesh. We must be born again of the holy spirit. God will give the holy spirit, if we repent and ask him. The holy spirit leads us to eternal life. It will be our glorified body in heaven. We will receive status in heaven or in hell, according to our works, as in Romans 2:6, and Revelation 22:11-12.
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This is, Declaration of Faith #14. The topic is: We are Souls,
born in Flesh, and we must be born again, of the Spirit.
God is God, because of his omni-power Spirit body. God has three souls, they are his persons, and they are nested in his omnipotent Spirit body. We have covered this in our previous lessons with details. If you like to look at them, you may do so. Genesis 1:27 says, "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." We must notice two points in this verse. The first point is: It says, God created man in his own image. We know that we are not created with the omnipotent Spirit body. If he could have done that, we all will be as gods doing all kinds of things; we could have destroyed ourselves. Thank God, we have only a powerless mortal flesh body. So, it is evident that God has created man in the image of his soul. So, the souls of Adam and Eve were created as the souls of God. The next point is: the verse says, male and female created he them. They were made male and female, even as souls, though they did not have flesh body yet. So, the actual person is our soul, but not our body. God created souls first, then after the Sabbath day, formed a body from the dust, and gave it to the soul of Adam to live in. A body is a tabernacle or a house for the soul. After that, similar body was made from the ribs of Adam, and was given to the soul of Eve. In Jeremiah 1:5 God says, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;" God saw the person or the soul, before he formed his body. We think that we are our bodies. But actually we are the souls, and we live in our bodies. The true person is who lives inside us. There is a big question to find when the fetus becomes a baby. The scripture says, that the soul is created first, then the body is formed, and the soul moves into the body, and becomes a baby at conception. So, from the moment of conception, it is a baby and it is a person. We may call it as fetus, or flesh and bones, or as any other substance, but the fact is that it is already a person at conception.
When the body was given to the soul of Adam, he became a man. But God was not done with him yet. Genesis 2:7 says, "God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Please notice here. The man became a living Soul, who is one step above man. God breathed the spirit into him. This spirit is the holy spirit, it is life to the soul, and it is spiritual life. So, Adam became a living Soul. Now we may say, Adam was born again, or born of the spirit. This man has, a soul, a body, and a spirit. So, Adam and Eve were made complete.
Then, God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2:16 "God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." God gave them a commandment, and said; if they disobey him, they will die. The very first bible expositor- teacher- and interpreter came to Eve. He was the Old Serpent. He taught Eve, about what God told them and what it meant. It was the interpretation of the word of God. Eve was convinced that they will not die if they disobeyed God, or if they commit sin. At present days, there are so many such expert teachers, expositors, theologians, and apologetics, teach the word of God. They have successfully convinced us that if we do not obey God, that is if we commit sin, we will not go to hell or have eternal damnation. They teach us grace, in the same way that the Old Serpent taught Eve. Eve ate the fruit and gave it to Adam and Adam also ate the fruit. Both died on the same day. The spirit, which was their life, left them. And they became dead souls. When they received the spirit, they became living souls and now they were dead souls. The spirit, which was their glory, departed them and so, they were found naked. But, they lived long life in their bodies. Romans 5:12 says, "as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, …" That is, the sin of Adam, and the 'Spirit death' by sin, have entered the world and on all people. So, we are born only with soul and body, but not with spirit. So, Jesus Christ says that we must be born again, of the spirit, that is, we must receive the spirit, to become living Souls, in order to see the kingdom of God. It is in John 3:3 "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." That is, as our souls have received the flesh body in the womb, our souls must receive spirit from God. This spirit is spiritual birth and this spirit is the holy spirit.
Adam and Eve, had the Spirit, covered with glory, and was in the garden of God, which was paradise. When they disobeyed God, the glorified spirit left them, and they became spiritually dead. They were cast out of the garden of God, the paradise. So, once we have received the holy spirit, we must live a spiritual life truthfully to God. With the holy spirit, we will have the presence of God, his grace and power, and such things as much as we need. However, the word of God gives the warning not to grieve the spirit or quench the spirit. "Ephesians 4:30 says, .. grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says, Quench not the Spirit." So, we should not take the holy spirit for granted. If we lost the holy spirit by disobeying God as Adam and Eve, we will not enter into the kingdom of God.
The holy spirit will lead us in spiritual life. When we go to heaven, this spirit will be glorified as our body in heaven. Let me explain this. Remember; the glorified Spirit was a covering for Adam and Eve, and so their nakedness was not seen until the Spirit left them? The glory of the Spirit covered them. "Genesis 3:19 says, dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." So, at our death we will lose our flesh body to the dust of the earth. 1 Corinthians 15:50 says "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;" So, our flesh body cannot reach heaven. 2 Corinthians 5: Say, "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. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit." That is, our flesh bodies will return to dust. If we have the spirit, it will be glorified in heaven, and we will be clothed with it. But, if we do not have the spirit, we will be found naked on that day, and mortality and destruction will take over. We will not be in heaven, but be in hell.
Romans 2:6 says, that God will render to every man according to his deeds: Our preachers invoke love, induce sympathy, by showing the agony of Jesus on the cross, and invite people to accept him. Or, they tell that Jesus heals the sick, provides all your needs, gives good jobs, and such things to bring them to Christ. Please listen to the message of Jesus Christ himself. Revelations 22:11 says, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." Remember; Jesus Christ is omnipotent God. He tells us what to do, or he commands us. But, preachers beg and plead. If we have repented and received the Spirit, and if we live a good life, God tells us to do more good. If we are evil, and doing evil, keep doing evil. He will take care of it at the judgment, and that is it. He tells us in verse 12, "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." This is the message of God Jesus Christ. God will not beg. God says that you will get what you have earned. Little or much, and good or evil, it is according to what you have done. Grace is not a magic fix as our preachers say. He has fixed his signature in verse 13. It says, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Jesus Christ is Omnipotent God in Spirit. He is no more a man. He will be the most righteous judge.
Now: We are souls; born of the flesh. We must be born again of the holy spirit. God will give the holy spirit, if we repent and ask him. The holy spirit will lead us to eternal life. This spirit will be glorified and it will be our body in heaven. According to our works, we will receive our rewards in heaven or in hell. I hope that you will become righteous, but not religious. If you are religious, you will be appreciated by your church, applauded by your friends, and by so many others. If you are righteous, God will reward you with heavenly glory. God says in Isaiah 64:4 and 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 that "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."
Thank you for listening, God bless you and be with you. Amen.
Different Status in heaven: "Four Levels", "New Earth", "Heaven", and "New Heaven." Thank you.
God Bless You