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BORN OF THE SPIRIT


 

Many people think that they are born again in this life. They see their change from going from a non-believer to a believer and attending a church as being born again.

The scriptures say a different story and show that to be born again will happen when we are resurrected to a spirit being.

 

Once you are spirit.

 

Notice that the following verse states when we are born of God we do not sin. This must be a spiritual state as not one person on earth could say that they do not sin in the physical state. This verse alone proves that we will be changed to a spirit being when we are born of God.


1Jn 3:9  Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

 

Once we are spirit

 

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Joh 3:4  Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Joh 3:7  Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'

 

1Pe 1:23  having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

 

Joh 1:10  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

Joh 1:11  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

Joh 1:12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:


In the following verses the word born should be translated begotten. There is a difference between born and begotten we need to know which word is to be used in some verses.

When we are begotten of the Spirit we are still physical and have Godís Spirit in us, we can then be led by the Spirit. We are still living our physical lives but because we have Godís Spirit in us, we are striving to be like God in our everyday lives.

 

Joh 1:13  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

Begotten.

 

1Jn 2:29  If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

 

1Jn 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

 

The following verse has the two words born in it. The first is translated as born, but the second should be translated as begotten.

 

1Jn 5:18  We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

 

1Co 15:40  There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

1Co 15:41  There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.

1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, "THE FIRST MAN ADAM BECAME A LIVING BEING." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

1Co 15:46  However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.

1Co 15:47  The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.

1Co 15:48  As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.

1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

1Co 15:51  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changedó

1Co 15:52  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY."

1Co 15:55  "O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? O HADES, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?"

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

 

To be born of the Spirit means you will be a spirit being. You will be resurrected, you will not be flesh but spirit because you have been born of the spirit.

 

When we are physical we are begotten of the Spirit.

There are two phases of the Spirit given, the first is the earnest of the Spirit, which enables us to understand a great deal of Godís word. Then later, when God decides we are ready, we are given the Spirit of truth or power. This is eternal life inherent, with this second phase of the Spirit we can understand the words of eternal life. This phase of the Spirit enables us to understand the meat of the word, but to whom much is given much is expected. We must be very diligent to learn grown and overcome once we have Godís holy Spirit of power or truth.

 

When we are born of the Spirit we will be a spirit being in Godís kingdom, serving along with other resurrected saints in Godís family. This should be the goal of all called Christians.