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Thank God for established Christians who've done intensive studies and brought their results to us, because then the less established ones like myself will be able to learn much from them.

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ALBERT: What it Means to be Born Again

Many professing Christians sincerely believe they have been "BORN
AGAIN"--but do not understand the REAL MEANING of the new birth
. The
truth about being "born again" is not only surprising--it is
startling--the MOST AWESOME REVELATION of your Bible!

Nicodemus was a high-ranking Pharisee, one of the Jewish rulers. He
knew Jesus was a miracle-working prophet sent by God, and was deeply
interested in His teachings. But because Nicodemus did not want to be
seen speaking with this man the other Pharisees called a "heretic"
and a "deceiver of the people," he came to Jesus secretly at night.
Jesus told Nicodemus a profound truth--something that completely
mystified the man.

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God," said Jesus (John 3:3). Nicodemus was
totally perplexed. He asked Jesus: "How can a man be born when he is
old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"
(V.4) Jesus told him: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be
born again" (V.7). But Nicodemus simply did not comprehend what Jesus
was talking about (V.9-12). How like so many today! They, too, are
baffled by Christ's simple words.

Most professing Christians think they were "BORN AGAIN" when
they "accepted Christ" and were "baptized." From that time,
supposedly, they received the Holy Spirit and have been living a NEW
LIFE in Christ. True, a real Christian has received the Spirit of
God, and is indeed living a NEW LIFE in Christ (Eph.4:22-24). But is
this what it means to be "born again"?


The new birth described in the Bible is FAR MORE than most professing
Christians have assumed. When Jesus spoke of being "born again," He
did not mean what most think.

Two Literal Births
Nicodemus was familiar only with the process of physical birth.
Therefore he understood when Jesus said to him, "That which is born
of the flesh is flesh" Then Jesus explained we must be born again--
not again of the flesh--not again entering our mother's womb, as
Nicodemus thought He meant. He explained that we must be born of the
spirit--born of God! God must be our Father this time! As we were
born of the flesh through fleshly human parents, even so we must be
born of the Spirit of our spiritual heavenly Father.

Here are two different kinds of birth--one physical, the other
spiritual. When you were born of your fleshly parents you were
composed of flesh. But "that which is born of the spirit is SPIRIT"
(John 3:6)--no longer composed of flesh, but of spirit! There will be
no blood in the body of one "born of the Spirit." He will not have to
breathe air to exist. He will be literally COMPOSED OF SPIRIT,
declared Jesus.


That's the plain teaching of your Bible! The new birth is not an
emotional experience, but a literal birth! So Nicodemus would not
mistake the true meaning of being born of the Spirit, Jesus explained
to him: "The wind bloweth where it listeth [where it wills], and thou
hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and
whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit" (verse
8).

Notice that carefully. When you are "born again," born of the Spirit
of God, you will be invisible to mortal eyes like the wind (unless
you choose to manifest yourself). The effects of the wind may be
easily discernible, but the wind itself cannot be seen.

Clearly, Jesus compared the spiritual birth to the physical birth.
The latter is a type of the former. Human parents pass on a physical
nature at birth to their children; so when we are born of our
heavenly Father, we will possess His Spiritual nature in its fullness!


Man the "Clay Model"
God formed the first man, Adam, not out of spirit, but "of the dust
of the ground" (Gen. 2:7). God said to Adam: "DUST thou art" (Gen.
3:19). Not immortal spirit--just plain old earth! Man is mortal,
physical, not yet immortal or spiritual. Adam was a perfect physical
specimen. What God created was a physical, fleshly man-- mortal flesh
and blood human being. He was the perfect "clay model" which God can
mold and reshape spiritually into a perfect SPIRITUAL Son [or
daughter] of God! Adam, in other words, was not created complete. He
was created to need a second "birth"--a SPIRITUAL birth! How? When?
Why? All these vital questions will be answered.

No SUBJECT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOUR LIFE! Unless YOU become "born
again," you cannot enter the Kingdom of God! So be sure to open your
Bible to every scripture reference cited in answer to the questions
asked, and PROVE to yourself just what it means to be "born again."

To fully understand what it really means to be "born again," it is
necessary to comprehend some very basic revelations concerning what
God Himself is--and the very PURPOSE for your existence. Turn to the
very beginning of the Bible. The first words are: "In the beginning
GOD created the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). The original Hebrew
word for "God," here and throughout the account of creation, is
Elohim, which actually means more than one. It is the plural form of
Hebrew Eloah, which in English means "Mighty One." So Elohim
means "Mighty Ones"-- more than just one person.

Elohim is uni-plural or a collective noun such as "church,"
or "family," or "kingdom." In other words, Elohim stands for a SINGLE
CLASS composed of TWO or MORE individuals. Elohim, then, is the "God
KINGDOM" or "God FAMILY." (In actual usage the word was also applied
to any single member of the God Family or, by analogy, even to a
heathen idol.)


Because this whole article is very long, I'm breaking them into a few posts.
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The Nature of God
1. What is the composition of God? John 4:24. But of what is man
composed? I Cor. 15:47.


COMMENT: One of the great differences between
the God Kingdom and the human kingdom is that God is composed of
invisible spirit, while man is mortal flesh and blood--made from the
dust of the earth.


2. Just before He was taken to be crucified, to what state did Christ
ask His Father to restore Him? John 17:5. Was Christ again to share
His Father's glory in the God Family? Same verse.

3. How do Christ's and the Father's powerful, glorified spirit bodies
appear? Rev. 1:13-16. The "Son of Man" mentioned here is the
glorified Christ!


COMMENT: TO be glorified means to have GREAT POWER and BRIGHTNESS!
The power of the Father and Christ is so great that it makes their
spirit bodies shine as BRIGHT AS THE SUN IN FULL STRENGTH!

4. What is another great difference between God and man--what is
God's characteristic attitude and general mental makeup? Psalm 99:9.
Is there anyone as "holy" as God? I Sam. 2:2. Would you consider man
of himself as being "holy"? Rom. 3:10-18, 23; 8:7; Jer. 17:9.


COMMENT: The word "holy" means pure of heart or free from sin. The
two Persons presently composing the God Family possess a
sinless, "holy," spiritual attitude and mind. But what does all this
have to do with your being "born again"? EVERYTHING! When born again
you will possess the same power, glory and holiness of God!
But more
about this later.
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A "Father/Son" Relationship

Have you ever wondered how the "Father-Son" relationship of the God
Family developed? This is vital to know in order to understand the
purpose and Plan of God, and being "born again."

1. What did Jesus say of Himself and His "Father"? John 10:30; 17:11.
Yet who is greater in authority? John 14:28. Notice also I
Corinthians 11:3.


COMMENT: The Father and Son are one in purpose and attitude. But the
Father is greater in authority.
The Father has always been in supreme
command in the Family or Kingdom of God.

2. Why was Christ created a flesh and blood human being? Heb. 2:9, 14.

COMMENT: All mankind has sinned (Rom. 3:23). And "the wages of sin is
[eternal] death" (Rom. 6:23).

Man is not just another "animal" as evolutionists claim. God's
purpose for creating man surpasses anything ever conceived by the
mind of man. Let's turn to the first chapter of Genesis and begin to
understand the most astounding revelation of your Bible!

1. After what "kind" were the animals created? Gen. 1:20-25.

COMMENT: These verses plainly say, without any interpretation, that God
created fish to reproduce after their own particular kind, birds
after their particular kind, and cattle after the cattle kind. Each
kind may have many varieties within it, but all creatures reproduce
only after their own "kind." Dogs reproduce dogs, monkeys reproduce
monkeys, sheep reproduce sheep, etc.

2. But what about man? After whose "image" and "likeness" was man
created? Gen. 1:26-27.


COMMENT: In God's pattern for all life, like reproduces like. And
just as each created form of plant or animal reproduces after its own
kind, so man reproduces man. But UNLIKE any of the animals created by
God, man was created in God's likeness. These scriptures refute the
theory that man is merely the "highest" of the animals,
having "evolved" from lower mammals. They clearly state that God
created man after His own "image" and "likeness"! God made man LIKE
Himself--same form and shape. And He is now creating men after HIS
KIND!
Only a very few have really grasped the tremendous significance
of this astounding truth. But this is what salvation is all about.
This revelation affirms that God is REPRODUCING HIMSELF. Our destiny
is to become the literal "children" of God--Members of His own divine
Family!

3. Even though man is made in the likeness of God, are both now
composed of the same type of "material"? John 4:24; Gen. 2:7.


COMMENT: There is a vast difference between spirit and dust. Although
man was created in the very shape and likeness of God, he was NOT
created out of the same material. He was made of the dust of the
earth, subject to decay. But God's purpose is to eventually create
him out of spirit!
In I Corinthians 15:46 we read: "Howbeit that was
not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and
AFTERWARD that which is spiritual. The first man [Adam] is of the
earth, earthy: the second man [Christ] is the Lord from heaven....
And as we [speaking of converted Christians] have borne the image of
the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly" (verses 46-
49).

Clearly, man is much more than any animal. Man has the potential to
become divine spirit--just as GOD is spirit! Our Awesome Destiny!
Astonishing as it may seem, God is now in the process of creating His
greatest creation of all--His supreme masterpiece! God's Plan is to
create perfect spiritual characters out of mortal mankind. Notice the
overwhelming evidence:

1. Is God still in the process of forming and molding man as a potter
works with clay? Isa. 64:8.


COMMENT: Man's creation in the Garden of
Eden was complete only in the physical sense. Adam was created a
perfect physical specimen--but not a perfect SPIRITUAL creation. He
was created of the dust--not of divine SPIRIT. He was created
corruptible--not incorruptible. He was created subject to death--not
immortal. But God did not intend man should remain that way!


2. Did Job realize God was forming a special creation in his life?
Job 14:14-15.


COMMENT: Notice especially the latter part of verse 15: "...thou wilt
have a desire to the WORK of shine hands. " The "work" was Job. Job
knew he was merely a piece of divine workmanship in the hands of the
Master Potter.

3. Are true Christians being fashioned by God for a specific purpose?
Isa. 43:7; Eph. 2:10.


COMMENT: The word "we" in New Testament
language usually refers to Christians, as Paul intended in verse 10.
We, then--if we are Christians-- are God's "workmanship." We today
are being "created"--Why?--"unto good works." God, with the Holy
Spirit He has put within us, is forming in us perfect spiritual
character! He is creating us in His own character-image! He is
creating us to be the supreme masterpiece of all His works of
creation--individuals who will ultimately be capable of exercising
awesome powers in the universe! Man, the material creation, is only
the first phase. Now the clay model has to be fashioned and molded by
experience, and with the aid of God's Holy Spirit, into the finished
spiritual masterpiece. An analogy of this process would be a
caterpillar going through a metamorphosis and emerging a beautiful
butterfly. Man must undergo a spiritual "metamorphosis," or CHANGE--
to emerge as perfect SPIRITUALS Members in the divine GOD FAMILY!
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What It Means to Be "Born Again"
The Gospel Jesus brought to mankind is simply the "good news" of the
Kingdom of God--and that Kingdom is DUAL. It is not only the ruling
government which Christ will establish on the earth when He returns,
but it is also the FAMILY of God--the God Kingdom composed of the
spirit members of the God Family. And, incredible as it may sound,
Jesus taught that humans can be "born" into the FAMILY, or KINGDOM,
of God. And YOU can be "born" into it!

1. Does God plainly show it is His purpose to increase His divine
Family by bringing many sons into it? Heb. 2:10; Rev. 21:7. Isn't
Jesus Christ actually the "firstborn" of MANY sons of God? Rom. 8:29;
Col. 1:18.


COMMENT: To be "conformed to the IMAGE" of Christ means to
become LIKE Him--to be glorified as He is glorified--to be of the
divine FAMILY OF GOD as much as Christ now is.

2. But what must happen to flesh-and-blood Christians before they can
enter God's Family? I Cor. 15:49-51; John 3:3-8. COMMENT: Jesus said
we must be "born again"--CHANGED INTO SPIRIT! Yes, born again--this
time born of the Spirit of God as divine Sons [and daughters] into
the Family of God.

Begotten Sons Now--Not Yet Born Again: If we are true Christians, are
we already--in this life--the children of God? I John 3:1-2. Are we
already inheritors of the Kingdom of God, or only heirs to it? Rom.
8:14-17.


COMMENT: Notice that although we are now the "sons" and "children of
God," we are only heirs--ones who shall, in the future, inherit all
that God has promised. Why? Because we are now only begotten
children. It is only when we are born of God that we become
inheritors of God's Kingdom--divine members of the Family of God.
Before the second phase of man's creation--our spiritual creation--
can begin, God the Father must first beget each of us by placing His
Holy Spirit within our minds. We are then impregnated, so to speak,
by the "seed" or germ of eternal life. It is the begettal of the
spiritual life of God within our minds. And much as a newly begotten
physical embryo begins to grow in its mother's womb, we begin to grow
in SPIRITUAL CHARACTER after we are begotten by God's Spirit. This
growth comes through study, prayer, and walking with God.


2. Now compare Galatians 3:26 and Ephesians 1:5 with Romans 8:14-17.
Do these verses reveal the same truth--that Christians are already
the children--the SONS--of God, destined to inherit eternal life?


COMMENT: Some versions of the Bible use the expression "adoption of
sons" or "adoption of children." Although linguistically possible,
these do not give the real meaning. The original inspired Greek
expression huiothesia does simply mean "sonship." But when we receive
the "spirit of sonship," as an impregnating "seed" (I Pet. 1:23),
that is not an "adoption." The Holy Spirit makes us the literal
begotten sons of God, for we are going to be just like our Heavenly
Father when finally born into His Kingdom. And so all Spirit-begotten
Christians have become the (as yet unborn) children of God the
Father, in the same sense that an unborn human fetus is the child of
its human parents!


3. Do we actually receive of the divine nature of God when begotten
by His Holy Spirit? II Peter 1:3-4. What are some of the divine
characteristics or "fruits" of God's nature that are made manifest in
the lives of obedient Christians after they are begotten by God's
Spirit? Gal. 5:22-23.

4. Is love ("charity") the greatest single attribute of God's nature
that is transmitted to us by His Holy Spirit? I John 4:16; Rom. 5:5;
I Cor. 13:1-13 (notice especially verse 13). Is this the same love
that enables us to "fulfill"--to OBEY God's Law? Rom. 13:10.


COMMENT: The Holy Spirit that a person may receive from God can be
compared to the sperm of a human father. God's Spirit transmits His
spiritual attributes to us, even as a physical sperm cell transmits a
human father's attributes to his newly conceived offspring
. The Holy
Spirit--the germ or "seed" (I Pet. 1:23) by which we are spiritually
begotten--imparts to us the nature and very life of God our heavenly
Father. If you are truly the kind of Christian described in the
Bible, then you are now a begotten child or son of God. God the
Father placed within your mind His Spirit, the sperm, so to speak, of
eternal life. He begot you with the Holy Spirit just as the sperm
from a human father impregnates the egg of the mother. Your mind can
be compared to an "egg" or ovum. You were impregnated with the
spiritual germ or sperm of eternal life so you could begin the
process of spiritual growth. But you are not yet born of God--not yet
composed of spirit--not yet immortal. If you are not yet truly
converted--a genuine Christian--then you have not yet even begun this
process!
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Born Again at the Resurrection
1. Can flesh and blood inherit God's Kingdom? I Cor. 15:50. What must
happen before we can be born as divine sons in God's Family? Verses
51-53.


COMMENT: Whatever is born of spirit Is spirit, said Jesus (John 3:6).
But we have not yet been born of spirit. We are STILL FLESH AND
BLOOD! If you think you have already been "born again," then take
the "pin test." Stick a pin in your finger. Do you feel pain? Does
your finger bleed? Then you are still flesh and blood--you haven't
been "born again." When Christ was resurrected--"born again"--He was
able to pass through solid walls (John 20:19, 26). Do you think those
who claim to have been "born again" can match this feat? Obviously,
any human beings who claim to be already born again are terribly
mistaken, for they are still flesh and blood. Jesus said you must
be "born of spirit"--you must become composed of spirit--to ever see
or enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3, 5). And so the new birth is
something to occur at the resurrection!
But exactly why aren't all
true Christians already born of God? Notice:

2. What are Christians exhorted to do in this life? II Peter 3:18;
Eph. 4:15. How and by whom are they to be "fed" and nurtured so they
may grow into the likeness of Christ? I Peter 5:1-2; Eph. 4:11-13.


COMMENT: The Father begets. He does not "bring forth"; the mother
does that, later. After the father's part, which initiates the
PROCESS, there is always a lapse of time leading to final birth. At
the time of begettal, birth (parturition) has not yet occurred. In
the case of human beings, it follows about nine months later. During
the intervening time, just as the mother nourishes and protects the
unborn son or daughter in her womb during the gestation period, so
the true Church is commissioned to nourish and protect true
Christians in her spiritual womb--to "feed the flock." God's spirit-
begotten children must be nourished on the spiritual food supplied by
God--the words of Scripture--and live by every word of God, in order
to grow up spiritually.
If by the return of Jesus Christ we have
grown and matured in spiritual character, we will become
born "children of God," being "children of the resurrection" as
Christ was at His resurrection. We will then no longer be subject to
death (Luke 20:35-36). But if the spirit-begotten child of God does
not grow spiritually, he can become a spiritual miscarriage--an
abortion.

3. Speaking of the resurrection, when the second birth occurs, what
did Paul say regarding the new bodies Christians will receive? I Cor.
15:42-44. Will they become as Jesus Christ is today? Phil. 3:20-21; I
John 3:2; Matt. 17:1-2; Rev. 1:13-16; Matt. 13:43; Dan. 12:3.


COMMENT: Because God is spirit, when one is "born" of his heavenly
Father he will BE SPIRIT--he will be composed of the same substance
of which God is composed. He will be given a spirit body just like
Christ's and will be GLORIFIED and given tremendous SPIRITUAL POWER.
The spiritual power and glory "born-again" Christians shall receive
at the resurrection will be so great that it will make their spirit
bodies shine as the sun, and make their raiment dazzling white! And
all who are thus "born of God" will be able to see God because they
will be in the Kingdom--the divine Family--of God!

The Great Difference Between "Begotten" and "Born"
Most professing Christians assume they were "born again" when they
first "accepted Christ." Then by misapplying the King James Version's
rendition of I John 3:9, "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," many also assume that they are no longer capable of
sinning in this life.


That assumption is false! Notice:
1. Did the Apostle John say that Christians do sometimes commit sins?
I John 1:8-10. Did he use the present tense of the verb in verse 8?
Then he meant they sin after becoming Christians, didn't he? Notice
that he includes himself by saying "we."

2. Was the Apostle Paul beset with recurring sin long after he
repented and received--was begotten by--the Holy Spirit? Rom. 7:14-
25. Is there a just man on earth who does not at some time commit
sin? Eccl. 7:20. So isn't it plain that Christians in this mortal
flesh are not now perfect--not yet born of God?

3. Now notice I John 5:18. Does this verse further substantiate the
fact that Christians are not yet born of God?


COMMENT: The person who has been finally "born of God" will not sin
any longer. Once we are born of God at the resurrection we will be
able to live without ever sinning again.
How? Simply because we will
then possess the fullness of God's perfect character and divine
nature. We will no longer possess a nature which can fall victim to
sin and Satan's influence. But as long as we are only "begotten" of
God we must "keep ourselves"--we must continue to resist the evil
temptations of the flesh.
Such a one can commit sin. When caught off
guard or in a moment of weakness, we can and often do sin! But we
cannot "practice [or continually live in] sin" and be the begotten
sons of God (I John 3:5-6). Life, to the begotten Christian, is a
constant struggle against Satan's influence, which is the cause of
the evil side of man's nature. Although he has now received the
begettal of God's divine nature (II Pet. 1:4), he still manifests the
traits of human nature as well, and the one wars against the other
(Gal. 5:17). But what about the Old Testament men of God? How can we
prove whether any of them were either begotten or born of God? Let's
understand:

4. Did David have God's Holy Spirit? Ps. 51:10-11. What about all
the "holy men of old," including Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? II Pet.
1:21; Rom. 8:14; Luke 13:28. And yet, was Jesus Christ the "Firstborn
from the dead"? Col. 1:15, 18.


COMMENT: Now since those Old Testament personages had God's Holy
Spirit, and yet Christ was first to be born of God by virtue of His
resurrection, then it follows that those men of old were
merely "begotten" of God--not yet "born" into His Family. And the
same is TRUE OF EVERY CHRISTIAN SINCE CHRIST!
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The Greek Word Gennao
Much of the confusion about being "born again" has resulted from
misinterpreting the original Greek of the New Testament. With one
exception (James 1:15-18) the Greek word used in reference to
spiritual begettal and birth--spiritual salvation--is always gennao.
This word means both "to conceive," or "to beget," and also "to
bear," or "to be born"--all or any part of the whole process which
produces a new individual human being; whereas in English we use two
separate verbs--"begotten" and "born." Since both begettal and birth
are included in the meaning of gennao, we must often let the Bible
interpret the Bible in order to know which meaning is intended in a
particular passage.

Here are several examples where the Greek word should rightly have
been rendered begotten, not born: John 1:12-13; I John 2:29; 4:7; 5:1
(three times); 5:4. The King James Version is correct by
using "begotten" in I Corinthians 4:15; Hebrews 1:5 and I John 5:1.
Now what about the scriptures that call Christ the "ONLY-begotten"?
(John 1:14, 18; 3:16; I John 4:9.) Do these, after all, disprove the
truth that true Christians are only "begotten" of God's Spirit,
growing toward being born of God at the resurrection? Of course not!

The simple answer is that all these verses are referring to Christ's
miraculous begettal in His mother Mary's womb. Christ's physical
begettal and birth (gennao) were unique. No other person--ever--has
been begotten by the Spirit of the Father in a human mother's womb!
In this sense He is--and always shall be--"ONLY-begotten."
But many
have been "begotten again" (I Pet. 1:3) to ultimately become--through
the process of spiritual growth and birth--the spirit-born sons of
God. You Must Be Born Again!

What God created at the time described in the first chapter of
Genesis was a physical creation. Man, made of the dust of the ground,
was the MATERIAL being which God planned to mold, shape and form into
a perfect SPIRITUAL creation. He pictures us as the clay, Himself as
the Potter--forming us into the spiritual image of Himself! God uses
human reproduction to picture the process by which He is reproducing
Himself. Each human since Adam and Eve started from a tiny ovum, the
size of a pinpoint, produced in the body of the mother. But the egg
is incomplete of itself. It lives only about 48 hours, according to
some authorities.

Unless fertilized by the life-giving sperm cell from the human father
within the limited time, it dies. A human life can only begin when
that sperm cell impregnates--enters--the ovum. Spiritually speaking,
each human mind is like an egg. Each of us was BORN INCOMPLETE--able
to live only a relatively short span of years. We were made to need
the impregnating spiritual life of God's Holy Spirit so we could be
created in God's spiritual "image" and live forever!

The physical ovum, once it is fertilized, becomes a begotten human
life called an embryo. The mother's womb nourishes and protects it--
carrying it in that part of her body where she may best protect it
from physical injury or harm--until it has grown enough to be born.
After a number of weeks, the embryo develops to what is called a
fetus, and at birth it is called a human baby.

Likewise God's CHURCH protects and spiritually feeds begotten
Christians with the Word of God so they may GROW SPIRITUALLY
(II
Peter 3: 18) in the divine character of God until ready to be born
into His Family. But there is one great difference in this analogy!
The physical fetus does not attain physical and mental maturity
before birth. However, the spirit-begotten Christian must attain a
reasonable measure of spiritual maturity before he is spirit-born.
The newborn physical babe's main growth occurs after birth, but this
is a type of the spiritual growing, which spiritually begotten
Christians must do before their spiritual birth (I Pet. 1:23; 2:1-2).
Christ did not grow into spiritual perfection after He was
resurrected, but during His human lifetime, setting us the example,
being made perfect (Heb. 2:10 and 5:8-9).

Surely nobody will be foolish enough to suggest that when Christ was
BORN the very son of God by the resurrection (Rom. 1:4) He was
resurrected as a tiny infant composed of spirit! He was resurrected
full-grown. How did the apostles know He was the same Jesus? Because
they knew what Jesus looked like--and in His resurrected body He
looked the same as He had before in the flesh, except He now was
composed of spirit instead of flesh and blood!

When we are "born again"--born of God, changed into spirit bodies at
the resurrection--we, too, shall look essentially as we do now, as
far as physical features are concerned. But the resurrected body will
be a different body--composed of SPIRIT instead of flesh and blood (I
Cor. 15:35-44).

Now what, exactly, is spiritual growth? It is CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!
Such character is the ability, as a free moral agent, to discern
right from wrong--the true values from the false--truth from error--
and then to make the right choice or decision, even against self-
desire, impulse or temptation; plus the will and self-discipline to
resist the wrong and to DO the right.

But as mentioned before, we must BEGIN developing spiritual character
and grow toward spiritual adulthood during this life--NOT AFTER we
are born of God at the resurrection! Our vile, carnal nature (Rom.
8:7; Jer. 17:9) must be gradually changed Now! This spiritual growth
comes by feeding on the Word of God, through prayer and wholehearted
participation in the Work of God.

Then, when the glorified Christ returns to earth the second time, we
shall be resurrected, or instantaneously changed, into bodies that
will be like His (I John 3:1-2)--full-grown adult! At that instant,
our present physical bodies will be made like His glorified body--
"BORN AGAIN" AS MEMBERS OF GOD'S OWN FAMILY--as God's own glorious
offspring with eternal life inherent within ourselves--as His
immortal SONS to reign along with Jesus Christ our elder BROTHER!
That, according to your Bible, is what it means to be "born again."
God help you to comprehend this glorious truth, and become one of His
spiritually begotten children!
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That’s a lot of text to read. It looks educational so I’ll give it a look soon, but for now I’m too lazy. Well, I’m a born again Christian. I’ve accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and as my lord and savior. I believe that he died on the cross and that through him I am forgiven of my sins, that no one goes to the father except through the son, and I can pray in tongues.
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^ Yeah, that's wonderful. Tongues are god given. I used to speak little of it, but couldn't carry it on for long because it wasn't spirit led. Now it flows better, knowing that God understands them.
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When you have the gift of speaking in tongues it just comes out, you don’t have to think about it. Essentially speaking in tongues is letting the holly spirit pray for you. It’s something to use whenever your lost and don’t know what to say or ask for. God also has other purposes for it, but it’s a gift you attain after being saved and born again. At least it was for me, I’m not educated enough to know if that’s how it always is.
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