By the Scripture’s Own Writers
“Born again” means a birthlike realization of prospects and hopes for spirit life by resurrection to heaven. Such a realization is brought about through the water of God’s truth in the Bible and God’s holy spirit, His active force.
Began, as a begetting for the Kingdom, with Christ Jesus after his baptism of dedication A.D. 29. (Matthew 3:16, 17) Later He received His spirit organism when resurrected as the first ripe fruits of the Kingdom A.D. 33—1 Peter 3:18, 19.
Produced by Water and Spirit
John 3:5, 6 “Unless anyone is born from water and spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.”
James 1:18 “He brought us forth by the word of truth, for us to be a certain firstfruits of His creatures.”
1 Peter 1:23 “For you have been given a new birth, not by corruptible, but by incorruptible reproductive seed.”
Their Father is Jehovah God
John 1:12, 13 “As many as did receive Him, to them He gave authority to become God’s children, because they were exercising faith in His name; and they were born not from blood or from a fleshly will or from man’s will, but from God.”
Romans 8:16, 17 “The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children. If, then, we are children, we are also heirs: heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs with Christ, provided we suffer together that we may also be glorified together.”
Their Mother is God’s Organization in Heaven
Galatians 4:22-26 “Abraham acquired two sons, one by the servant girl and one by the free woman; but the one by the servant girl was actually born in the manner of flesh, the other by the free woman through a promise. These things stand as a symbolic drama; for these women mean two covenants,… Hagar … corresponds with Jerusalem today, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.”
Also: Isaiah 54:5; Hebrews 12:22; Philippians 3:20.
Christ and 144,000 Spiritual Brothers
John 3:6 “What has been born from the flesh is flesh, and what has been born from the spirit is spirit.”
Revelation 14:1 “And I saw, and look! the Lamb standing upon the mount Zion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.”
1 John 3:2 “Beloved ones, now we are children of God, but as yet it has not been made manifest what we shall be. We do know that whenever He is made manifest we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.”
Spiritual Sonship Fruitage
Galatians 5:22, 23 “The fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control.”
1 John 3:9 “Everyone who has been born from God does not practice sin, because His reproductive seed remains in such one, and he cannot keep sinning, because he has been born from God.”
1 John 2:29 “If you know that He is righteous, you gain the knowledge that everyone who practices righteousness has been born from Him.”
Their New Course
Titus 3:5-7 “He saved us through the bath that brought us to life and through the making of us new by holy spirit. This spirit He poured out richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior, that, after being declared righteous by virtue of the undeserved kindness of that one, we might become heirs according to a hope of everlasting life.”
1 Peter 3:18, 21 “Even Christ died once for all time concerning sins, a righteous person for unrighteous ones, that He might lead you to God, He being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit…. this is also now saving you, namely, baptism, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the request made to God for a good conscience,) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Colossians 3:9, 10 “Strip off the old personality with its practices, and clothe yourselves with the new personality which through accurate knowledge is being renewed according to the image of the one who created it.”
Also: Galatians 6:8-10.
Their Heavenly Hopes
1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for according to His great mercy He gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
2 Peter 1:4 “He has freely given us the precious and very grand promises, that through these you may become sharers in divine nature.”
Ephesians 2:4-6 “God . . . made us alive together with the Christ, even when we were dead in trespasses—by undeserved kindness you have been saved—and He raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenly places in union with Christ Jesus.”
1 Corinthians 15:46-49 “Nevertheless, the first is, not that which is spiritual, but that which is physical, afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is out of the earth and made of dust; the second man is out of heaven…. And just as we have borne the image of the one made of dust, we shall bear also the image of the heavenly one.”
Also: Ephesians 1:13, 14; Philippians 3:20, 21; Romans 8:29.
These Make Up the Kingdom of Heaven
John 3:3 “Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 15:50, 53 “However, this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom, neither does corruption inherit incorruption. For this which is corruptible must put on incorruption, and this which is mortal must put on immortality.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Consequently, if anyone is in union with Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away, look! new things have come into existence.”
Romans 6:4, 5 “Therefore we were buried with Him through our baptism into His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised up from the dead through the glory of the Father, we also should likewise walk in a newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, we shall certainly also be united with Him in the likeness of his resurrection.”
Matthew 19:28 “In the re-creation [“rebirth”] when the Son of man sits down upon His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also yourselves sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
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