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

   

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

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.

 

 

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The Transcript of the Message

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

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.

This video is educational. So, please have patience with me as I go along. I encourage you to take some notes and verify them later with the scriptures.

Among all the creations of God, man is the only one who has a soul. God also has soul. Our soul is created in the image of God. The soul is attached with the body. 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 Thes 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 Gen 2:7, or we may even say that the dead is quickened as in Eph 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.

Jesus Christ told Nicodemus that he must be born again. Nicodemus was a master of the Jews, knows the scriptures well and has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, 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 vs 5 he says, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. In vs 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 Matt 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.

Our birth is an event that happened on our birthday. But, it is also a process. The process starts at conception and it is completed at birth. If the mother had not conceived, there would have been no birth. The same way, the spirit birth also 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, who is the seed of God, who is the light of life. This spirit is the first day creation of Gen 1:3-4. Please listen carefully to what I am going to say. You may get angry with me for saying this. But please listen anyway. Now, the spirit of man is the holy spirit. If so, he 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, and who is the Spirit of truth, he is God. So, the holy spirit is 1/3 part of a man and the Holy Ghost is one of the triune God.

When we receive the spirit in our soul, the process of born again has just begun, as a mother conceives a baby. But, it is still a long way for birth. This spirit has to mortify all the deeds of sins in our body. When this is complete, God will come and abide in us. John 14:17 says the Spirit of truth;... he dwelleth with you, he shall be in you. 23 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. That is, when our obedience to God is fulfilled, the Spirit of truth that is the Holy Ghost comes into us. Then, both Jesus Christ and God the Father come and abide in us. Now, God lives in us. The process of born again is completed. And now, we are sons and daughters of God.

One more thing. The process begins when the holy spirit comes into us. From this point on we are godly minded people. But if we sin, we will repent and rectify it immediately. If we did 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 Psalms 51:11. But, when the Holy Ghost comes in us to dwell, the process of born again is completed and we will not and cannot commit sin afterwards.

1 Cor 2:13-14 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. That is, the natural man cannot understand the things of God. That is why, there are thousands of Christians even pastors who ridicule the gifts of the Holy Ghost. The reason is that they do not have the holy spirit in them. According to God they are dead people.

But, there are many people call themselves born again or born of the spirit and continue ungodly life. How do we know the genuine from the counterfeits? The answer is simple. Look for the manifestations. Gal 5:19-21 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: Those who do any of these manifestations and such like them, are of the flesh and they are neither born again nor born of the spirit.

Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:32 when thou art converted strengthen thy brethren. I can tell the same thing to godly men. When you are converted, strengthen your brethren.

Thank you for listening. God bless you.

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