Q. Are You Born Again?
by Chris Ardern via Facebook
December 15, 2013 at 8:22am
Joh_3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh_3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
1Pe_1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
We are born again by the word of God. "The word of God" in this context is not talking about the bible.
Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
It's talking about the power of God. It's his grace.
Act_20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
Grace means divine influence upon the heart. It's God's power, not ours we decide to repent, loose our life, God decides who and when to pour out his power to translate us
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
We must be born again because the natural man can not please God Spiritual regeneration is an act of God his divine influence upon our heart. It is the power of God poured out at his discretion as a result of true repentance, which is the willingness to allow our corruptible seed to die.
Repentance is the decision to believe God. Not believe in him but believe what he says, and proving it with action. ("Acts" of the apostles.)
1Pe 1:23 Being born again,G313 notG3756 ofG1537 corruptibleG5349 seed,G4701 butG235 of incorruptible,G862 byG1223 the wordG3056 of God,G2316 which livethG2198 andG2532 abidethG3306 for ever.G1519 G165
A primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively): - life (-time), (a-) live (-ly), quick.
There are multiple words translated life.
Zao is eternal life, it's the life Jesus offers, it's the life in the Lambs book. When we are born again we receive this life. Zoe life
Rev_11:11 AndG2532 afterG3326 threeG5140 daysG2250 andG2532 an halfG2255 the SpiritG4151 of lifeG2222 fromG1537 GodG2316 enteredG1525 intoG1909 them,G846 andG2532 they stoodG2476 uponG1909 theirG848 feet;G4228 andG2532 greatG3173 fearG5401 fellG4098 uponG1909 them which sawG2334 them.G846
This is what happens to us when we are born again. Our corruptible seed dies
The Zoe, Zao life is something man can not study about and learn about he must experience it then find out what happened. We can teach true repentence till we're blue in the face but until God honors our repentance and regenerates us into eternal life from the tree of life, we're just clanging symbols
Then there is psuche
Luk_9:24 ForG1063 whosoeverG3739 G302 willG2309 saveG4982 hisG848 lifeG5590 shall loseG622 it:G846 butG1161 whosoeverG3739 G302 will loseG622 hisG848 lifeG5590 for my sake,G1752 G1700 the sameG3778 shall saveG4982 it.G846
From G5594; breath, that is, (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew [H5315], [H7307] and [H2416]: - heart (+ -ily), life, mind, soul, + us, + you.
1Jn_2:16 ForG3754 allG3956 thatG3588 is inG1722 theG3588 world,G2889 theG3588 lustG1939 of theG3588 flesh,G4561 andG2532 theG3588 lustG1939 of theG3588 eyes,G3788 andG2532 theG3588 prideG212 of life,G979 isG2076 notG3756 ofG1537 theG3588 Father,G3962 butG235 isG2076 ofG1537 theG3588 world.G2889
A primary word; life, that is, (literally) the present state of existence; by implication the means of livelihood: - good, life, living.
This is the same thing as "sarx"
2Co_10:3 ForG1063 though we walkG4043 inG1722 the flesh,G4561 we do notG3756 warG4754 afterG2596 the flesh:G4561
Probably from the base of G4563; flesh (as stripped of the skin), that is, (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred, or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specifically) a human being (as such): - carnal (-ly, + -ly minded), flesh ([-ly]).
Rom_14:21 It is goodG2570 neitherG3361 to eatG5315 flesh,G2907 norG3366 to drinkG4095 wine,G3631 norG3366 any thing wherebyG1722 G3739 thyG4675 brotherG80 stumbleth,G4350 orG2228 is offended,G4624 orG2228 is made weak.G770
Perhaps a primary word; (butcher’s) meat: - flesh.
1Co 2:14 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.
From G5590; sensitive that is, animate (in distinction on the one hand from G4152, which is the higher or renovated nature; and on the other from G5446, which is the lower or bestial nature): - natural, sensual.
Joh_3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, 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.
The point of this is the churches are full of people who are being told they are born again by their hireling Shepards and they aren't. They may respond to the call to come out but unless they make it past the trumpet judgments of false doctrine and truly enter into the kingdom of life they're still lost.