Born of the flesh is flesh: born of the Spirit is spirit.

 

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Born of the flesh is flesh: born of the Spirit is spirit.

1. Man is soul, he is born of flesh and then born of the spirit.

Among the six day creations, God created man as a soul. After the six days, that is after the sabbath day, God created the body of Adam and Eve, and gave their body to the their souls. So, primarily man is the soul and the body was given to him. After that God gave them the spirit. Even now, man is born with soul and body. After the man asks God for help to live a godly life, God gives him his spirit, and it is the holy spirit. The act of the man receiving the spirit is known as born of the spirit, or as born again. Since the holy spirit is given to man, it is also called the spirit of man. Man is Soul and God also have soul. Our soul is created in the image of God. The holy spirit gives life to the soul. The needs of the soul are eternal and the needs of the body are temporal. A soul is similar to a spirit, but it is not a spirit. Soul will attain eternal life or eternal death. Or, we may say, it reaches either heaven or hell. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says Man consists of a body, a soul and a spirit. But, if a body has no life, it is dead. So also, if a soul has no spirit, it is dead. But, if the spirit is united with a soul, it is a living soul as in Genesis 2:7, or we may even say that the dead is quickened as in Ephesians 2:1 and 5. If a person is not sensitive to his soul and its need for eternal life, then he does not have the spirit and he is spiritually dead.

2. Man must be born of the spirit to see and to enter heaven.

Born again is a process of conversion of a person from the flesh to the Spirit. It starts when we receive the spirit of man and it completes when the Holy Ghost begins to dwell in us. If this process of conversion has begun in you, you will be godly minded. If you are converted, you will not commit sin. If the process has not started in your life, repent of your sins and start obeying God so that God may start the process in you.

Nicodemus was a master of the Jews, knows the scriptures well and has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ told Nicodemus that he must be born again. So, even though he is master in scriptures, he did not have the spirit. So, Jesus told him in John 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. In verse 5 he says, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. In verse 6 he says, that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. So, we see that a man is born first in flesh through their parents. Then he must be born again a second time in the spirit. John 1:13 they were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. So, second birth is by God. But, Jesus tells the man that he must be born again. So, the responsibility to be born again is given to the man. God says in Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. So, God tells us to ask, seek and knock to receive the holy spirit. If we have received the holy spirit, it will guide you in the ways of God, receive knowledge and power for us from the Holy Ghost, make us grow in the spirit. We will become godly, righteousness, and holy. Then we will receive eternal life and be with God for ever. 

3. The holy spirit is part of man, and the Holy Ghost is God.

Our birth is an event, and on our birthday we are born of the flesh. If God gives us the holy spirit, on that day we are born of the spirit. However, born again is an event as well as it is a process. When a broken hearted sinner repents for his sins and cry out to God, God gives him his spirit, the spirit of man, who is the spirit of Christ, who is the candle of the Lord, and who is the light of life. Then he is born again of the spirit. This spirit is the first day creation of Genesis 1:3&4. Now, this spirit of man is the holy spirit. So, the holy spirit is not God, but he just helps a man to become holy. But, the Holy Ghost, who is the Spirit of God, who is the Spirit of the Lord, who is the Spirit of truth, and he is God. So, the holy spirit is a part of a man and the Holy Ghost is one of the three in one God. God has three souls, and his body is the one and only omnipotent Spirit. God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Ghost, are three persons, and they nest in the one and only omnipotent spirit, as one God.

4. Give fruits of the spirit to God, but not the fruits of the flesh.

When our souls receive the spirit, the process of born again has just begun. The first day creation, which is the holy spirit, is light. All three persons in God is light. Darkness is Satan and the things of Satan. "Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:" If we are truly born of the spirit, we will be converted from the things of darkness to the light. But there are many false preachers lead Christians in a cliché world. They say the things as they are born again, but live in darkness. So, God tells them to be real and walk in the light. "9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)" The fake Christians also show the fruit of the spirit; but actually their fruits are of the flesh. They play with words. So, God tells them that the fruit of the spirit must be along with righteousness and truth. "Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." If we look at list of the fruits of the spirit, everyone can be produced by the flesh also. Most of their fruits are of the flesh, but not of the spirit. So, please look at the next verses. "24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." God tells them that, if they live in the spirit, along with their clichés, let them walk the godly life and let others see their righteous life. If they have no life, they are deceivers, and they are open sinners. "Galatians 5:19 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: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." If anybody say that they have spirit, but give any fruits of the flesh, they do not live in the spirit and they will not inherit the kingdom of God.

One more thing! The process of born again begins in us, when the holy spirit comes into us. From this point, we will be godly minded people. But if we sin, we will repent and rectify it immediately. If we do not act properly and promptly, we may lose the holy spirit. That is why David cried out to God not to take away the holy spirit from him in Psalm 51:11. So, we must be careful not to grieve and not to quench the spirit; but to grow in the spirit.

Note: If any point needs explanation, OR, if you find an error according to scripture,
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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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