"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 heaven, the Bride (New Jerusalem) will be in Mount Sion with Christ. Servants are baptized with Holy Ghost and serve with gifts. They will serve in the temple.
The process begins as a spiritual baby; that is 'born of the spirit.' As a spiritual baby, the newly born again person learns by drinking milk (i.e., studying the word of God), exercising obedience to God, and grow in faith. At this infant stage, yes, a newborn believer may commit sin. Still, the goal of this born again person will always be to grow in holiness, but not to settle in a convenient place to enjoy sin and to sneak into heaven. The true born again believer will refuse to settle in sin. Those who settle here are fakes. As newborn believers mature, they grow to sons of God and then as the bride of Christ. 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." That is, those who have become the sons of God, will not commit sin and those who are the bride of Christ, cannot commit sin. If you still commit sins, repent for your sins, ask God for more grace and power, to grow. John 7 say "37 Jesus stood and cried, saying, 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." God may give you the spirit in higher measure. You may use just a little and attain New Earth, that is Paradise; or, you may drink the holy spirit until the living water flows out of your belly, then you can become the son of God, or rejoice being bride of Christ, New Jerusalem, in Mount Sion.
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." So, unless a person is not born of the spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Though the person may be an adult or an old man, when the holy spirit is first born into him, that person becomes both a child of God and a spiritual infant, and grow. 'Born gain' has mainly three stages. God wants us to achieve them, one after the other. When Jesus was a man, he was filled with the spirit beyond measure. John 3:34: "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for 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:.." We will drink the holy spirit as much as we want, according to our thirst. Some of us will be satisfied as soon as our tongues get wet and reach new earth, but a few others will keep on drinking until their bellies are full and overflowing, and reach new heaven, even Mount Sion. Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3: "12) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." But many scripture scholars try to prove that nobody can become perfect, Apostle Paul says that since he had become perfect, he is still pressing forward to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus that is to become the bride, and to reach Mount Sion. If you have attained perfection, that is, if you have attained to be sons of God, you are called to become the bride. 15) Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: Press forward and become the bride of Christ, that is New Jerusalem, it is in Mount Sion. So, born again will attain, new earth, new heaven, or mount Sion.
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 has to be born of water to enter into the kingdom of God. How is a person born of water? This is symbolic language. Ephesians 5:26 says: "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, the purification is done, as the believer obeys the word of God. 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 it is to be a part of born again. Both Ephesians 5:26 and 1 Peter 1:23 explain what Jesus means when he says ‘born of water’; he means that our life has to be changed by doing what the word of God tells us to do. The word of God cleans us and makes us pure. "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 you is 'born of water', and it will make you overcome the devil, which qualifies you to enter into the kingdom of God as son of God. "Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." By being born of water, which is 'born of the word', we will be with Jesus Christ, even in his throne.
Those who are born of water, who are already sons of God, will strive and 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." Now, they are as pure as Jesus Christ, so they will look like Jesus Christ as they are glorified. They will be his Bride. God will abide in them. John 14:23 say: "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." The seed of God remains in them, they are born of God, they will not sin and they even cannot commit sin. 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." The Bride has become as pure as Jesus Christ is pure, and her righteousness is fine linen, clean and white. Revelation 19:7&8 say: "7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." Jesus Christ will take them unto himself to be with him. John 14:3 says: "I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." They will be as New Jerusalem on Mount Sion. Revelation 21:2 says: "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Hebrew 12:22&23 say: "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect," They have become the bride of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. They are New Jerusalem in Mount Sion. They will have the same glory as the Lord Jesus Christ and they will be with him throughout eternity. At this point, one clarification I like to give is this. There is new earth, new heavens, and new Jerusalem. New earth and new heavens are locations, but new Jerusalem is a symbolic name for the bride of Christ. She is described as a city in Revelation 21:10-23, but she is not a city. She is the bride of Christ and she will meet Jesus Christ at Mount Sion. We see it in Revelation 14:1-5.
Jesus Christ told his disciples in Acts 1: "4 And, 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." So, the disciples with about 120 people waited and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the power of God. It was the ordination from Jesus Christ to his ministry in this world. The Holy Ghost has given them many gifts to them to do the ministry. Those who do good service to the Lord in their ministry 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." So, the tabernacle of God will be on new earth and his servants will serve God in the tabernacle.
So, all who are born of the spirit, born of the word, born of God, and those who served God with the baptism of the Holy Ghost, all will be in heaven, according to what they have done, either in new earth, in the tabernacle, in new heaven, or on mount Sion. Praise be to God.
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these links. "Levels
in heaven", "New Earth", "New
Ghost." Thank you.
Please verify them from these links. "Levels in heaven", "New Earth", "New Heaven", "Holy Ghost." Thank you.
God Bless You