Most Christian Believers in Yahushua the Messiah would possibly suggest that because they have confessed their faith in ‘Jesus’ that they are then considered ‘Born again’ according to the words of Y’Shua:
John 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.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Could this belief be reinforced by verses such as 2Corintheans 5:17 ‘ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’
Maybe this view is further supported through the King James translation of 1Peter 1:23
‘Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.’
A closer look at 1Peter will reveal that a different Greek word is used for the words ‘born again’ than the Greek used in John 3:3/7
Could it be that Christianity has misunderstood the concept and meaning behind the term being ‘Born Again’? Is there a much deeper spiritual message in the words of our Messiah Yahushua than is widely understood?
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
What Does ‘Born Again’ Mean?
As we all know, the “born again” doctrine is a MAJOR doctrine of our “spiritually-enlightened” churches, and it is believed that ONLY those of the Christian religion can be “born again”. Jesus Christ said, “EXCEPT a man be “born again” he CANNOT see (perceive) the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). But the Christian religion INSTEAD would say, “EXCEPT we choose by the POWER of our “free will” to become a believer and be “born again” we CANNOT see (perceive) the kingdom of God. It is obvious that believers base their “born again” belief on their “religious” emotions and NOT on biblical TRUTH! This article will discuss another theological possibility about “born again” than what is believed by our “spiritually-enlightened” churches.
We are all aware of believers that proudly proclaim that they are “born again”, and sometimes they are able to recall the exact date and circumstances as to WHEN they were “born again”. But as in an “earthly” birth the fetus in the womb MUST GROW and develop BEFORE it can actually be BORN, but believers seem to IGNORE that they ALSO must spiritually GROW (in the heart) to develop Godly character BEFORE they can actually be “born again”. These believers seem to have “changed” lives and “changed” hearts, and they want to serve God in a “better” way. But these believers with “changed” lives and “changed” hearts might have “converted” hearts (a biblical TRUTH), but NOT when they were supposedly “born again”!
First of all, we need to study and BELIEVE the Greek meanings of the words; “converted”, “born”, “regeneration”, and the word “again”. The word “converted” (G1994) means to “revert”, and “revert” is defined by a Google search as; “return to a previous state”, and G1994 was translated in the KJ New Testament most times as “turn(ed)”, and “return(ed)”. But our churches IGNORE that “revert” means to “RE-turn to a PREVIOUS state”!
“Born again” are the Greek words G1080 and G509, and G1080 means to procreate (reproduce), or to regenerate. The meaning for “again” is G509 taken from G507; which means “from ABOVE”. So to be “born from ABOVE” could indeed be from the city of Jerusalem “ABOVE”; the “mother” of us ALL. The apostle Paul wrote about this unusual “mother” ABOVE….
Galatians 4:26 KJV But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
The term, “regeneration” (G3824) means a spiritual RE-birth, or a spiritual renovation; which simply means to RE-build. G3824 is found only twice in the KJ New Testament….
Matthew 19:28 KJV And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Titus 3:5 KJV Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Matthew 19:28 implies that the “regeneration” could be in a FUTURE judgment when Christ sits on the throne of his glory as a KING that will JUDGE, and notice “YE” (the apostles) that followed Christ will also “sit upon twelve thrones JUDGING the twelve tribes of Israel”. But there are 24 thrones of JUDGMENT (Rev 4:4); NOT just 12 thrones! The 24 “elders” are sitting around the ONE THRONE (of Jesus Christ) that could involve ALL mankind in FUTURE judgments; NOT just the 12 tribes of Israel! Yes, ALL mankind will be JUDGED and just might indeed be in the RE-generation, the renovation, and the RE-building (judgment) to prepare ALL mankind for a spiritual RE-birth.
In Titus 3:5 the term, “renewing” (G342) also means a renovation (or to rebuild), but “renewing of the Holy Ghost” is somewhat misleading by the KJV, and should INSTEAD read as follows by the 1912 Weymouth New Testament….
Titus 3:5 (WNT) as righteous men, had done, but as the result of His own mercy He saved us by means of the bath of regeneration and the renewal of our natures by the Holy Spirit,
Take special notice of the term, “BATH of regeneration”, and according to the WNT the Holy Spirit is NOT being “renewed”, but INSTEAD it is the “renewal” (renovation and rebuilding) of our NATURES by the work of the Holy Spirit. The point is that the KJV “mysteriously” DOES NOT mention “our natures”!
ALL souls BELONG to the ALL-knowing God (Ezekiel 18:4), so therefore the ALL-knowing God would be RESPONSIBLE for the DESTINY of ALL souls! But do “ALL” souls TRULY mean “ALL” souls, and is the ALL-knowing God RESPONSIBLE for theDESTINY of only a very FEW “believing” souls? The billions of “unbelieving” souls would be “useless” to the ALL-knowing God, but just maybe they would be unbelieving and useless ONLY during their TEMPORARY “earthly” existence!
Yes, there are billions of unbelieving and useless souls, so WHY would the ALL-knowing God create billions of souls that he KNEW beforehand would be unbelieving and useless? The accepted “christian” answer to this very VALID question is that the ALL-knowing God indeed KNEW beforehand that billions of souls would be unbelieving and useless, but “tragically” these billions of souls FAILED to use the POWER of their “free will” to choose to become BELIEVERS! Therefore (it is believed) that the ALL-knowing God will cast these billions of unbelieving and useless souls into “hell” to suffer ENDLESS torment for all of ETERNITY!
But it is STILL believed that it is God’s WILL to SAVE ALL souls, but because of the POWER of “free will” the ALL-powerful God would be POWER-LESS to SAVE ALL souls that BELONG to Him! But it is also believed that ALL unbelieving and useless souls will be “annihilated” out of existence. But it is never explained WHY the ALL-knowing God that KNEW beforehand that billions of souls would be unbelieving and useless, but create them anyway JUST to “annihilate” them out of existence! What nonsense!
The ALL-knowing God would KNOW the DESTINY of ALL souls, and to SAVE them they just might be DESTINED to be RE-generated and RE-built (in FUTURE judgments) for a spiritual RE-birth. But Titus 3:5 implies that the “regeneration” is NOW since TRUE believers are saved NOW by the “washing of regeneration”, and “washing” (G3067 and G3068) means BATH and to BATHE the WHOLE person; which could be with “living water”. Yes, Jesus Christ spoke of “living water” in John 4:10-11, and John 7:38. Notice the term, “washing of WATER”….
Ephesians 5:26 KJV That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
“Washing of WATER” is a most REVEALING term that could indeed point to “BORN of WATER” that was mentioned by Jesus Christ when He spoke about “born again”, as we shall see later. This theological possibility could indeed point to the “living water” ABOVE that will procreate, RE-produce, and RE-generate the souls that are DESTINED to be “born from ABOVE” of the city of Jerusalem ABOVE; the “mother” of us ALL (Gal 4:26).
Water baptism in the New Testament served to “wash away” the sins of the people of Israel to “cleanse” them for their soon coming KING (Christ). When the apostle Paul was blinded for three days he was told by Ananias to “wash away” his sins….
Acts 22:16 KJV And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Yes, Paul was baptized by water since this ritual was a part of the many rituals and LAWS of temple service of “divers” (different) “washings” that were imposed (forced) on Israel….
Hebrews 9:10 KJV Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Notice that these “washings” were imposed (forced) on Israel only UNTIL the “time of reformation” (G1357); which means to “straighten thoroughly” or “rectification”. It could be that the “time of reformation” was when the flawed Old Covenant HAD to be “RE-formed”, “straightened thoroughly”, and “rectified” (made right and corrected) INTO a NEW Covenant.
The term, “washings” is G909 taken from G907; which is the SAME Greek meaning used for WATER baptism! Yes, I do believe water baptism was VALID while the TEMPLE was still standing, but it was destroyed in 70AD. Before 70AD Ananias was a DEVOUT(committed) man “according to the LAW” (of TEMPLE service) to serve the LAWS of different “washings” that INCLUDED water baptism that was TEMPORARILY imposed (forced) on Israel….
Acts 22:12 KJV And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
Ananias knew the divine PURPOSE of these “washings” that were used to “cleanse” Israel of the “filth” and “dirt” of their CLOTHES, and to BATHE their WHOLE bodies (as we shall see) so that Israel would be “cleansed” to serve the God of Israel. Since Ananias was a DEVOUT (committed) man to SERVE the LAWS of different “washings” he knew that the apostle Paul ALSO had to be “cleansed” by having his sins “washed away” to also serve the God of Israel.
But Ananias BELIEVED on Jesus Christ, and therefore he KNEW that Jesus Christ had FULFILLED (completed) what the TEMPORARY laws of temple service REQUIRED; which included the LAWS of different washings! This could be WHY he told Paul to ALSO “call upon” (invoke) the name of the Lord to have his sins TRULY “washed away”!
As we all know, water baptism was introduced to Israel by John the Baptist, but John did not (yes, DID NOT) “invent” this “unusual” RITUAL of him standing in the river Jordan to “wash away” the sins of the people of Israel to symbolically “cleanse” them for their soon coming KING. John KNEW that the different “washings” included to BATHE whole bodies, and John also knew (according to the LAW) that the people of Israel had to be symbolically “cleansed” by “washing” their clothes and to BATHE their WHOLE bodies in the river Jordan to be ACCEPTED by their coming KING.
But John also KNEW about the REAL baptism; which most certainly was NOT with physical WATER….
Luke 3:16 KJV John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
This REAL baptism was to be baptized (immersed) with the Holy Spirit and with “fire”, and yes, God IS a “consuming” FIRE (Hebrews 12:29). Jesus Christ made a most interesting and a most thought-provoking statement about John the Baptist….
Luke 7:28 KJV For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
Please notice the term, “born of WOMEN”. Does this mean that there is a BIRTH that is NOT of women? Christ DID NOT have to mention “women”, so WHY did Christ specify, “born of WOMEN”? Of course, Christ was simply specifying an “earthly” birth! On this “earthly” premise, there could ALSO indeed be a “heavenly” RE-birth from ABOVE of the TRUE “mother of us ALL”; which is the “heavenly” city of Jerusalem ABOVE!
It could also be that billions of souls are NOT YET “born of women”! These billions of souls of course would be with their TRUE father and mother in HEAVEN (in spirit), and it would be determined by their TRUE father and mother as to WHEN certain souls (out of the billions) were to be “born of women”. There is also this theological possibility; it could be that these billions of souls were “generated” the FIRST time in HEAVEN, and they are ALL DESTINED to be RE-generated and Re-built to prepare them for a spiritual RE-birth in FUTURE judgments!
The many sacrificial LAWS of “burnt offerings” made by physical FIRE were used hundreds of times during the Old Covenant that pointed to human FLESH becoming “burnt offerings” for the spiritual “fire” of God to “consume” (burn away) FLESHLY flaws by the RE-newing (RE-building) of human NATURES (Titus 3:5 WNT).
The terms, “wash” and “washing” were also used many times during the TEMPORARY laws of the Old Covenant, and these terms are found 36 times in Leviticus ALONE. Many times Israelites were commanded (by LAW) to WASH their clothes, and to also BATHE their WHOLE bodies. The term, “bathe” is found in Numbers and Leviticus 18 times, which obviously points to the “BATH of regeneration” (Titus 3:5 WNT).
Please understand; the TEMPORARY ritual of water baptism in the New Testament ALSO points to the “BATH of regeneration”; which was to baptize (immerse in WATER) to symbolically “wash” clothes and to also “bathe” WHOLE bodies! The early TRUE believers were not only “washed” (by the “BATH of regeneration”) but they were also sanctified and justified….
1Corinthians 6:11 KJV And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
The symbolic term, “clothed” is found several times in the KJ New Testament that points to being “clothed” upon with our “house” from HEAVEN (2Cor 5:2), and also “clothed” with HUMILITY (1Pet 5:5). The saints that TRULY “overcome” will be “clothed” in white raiment (Rev 3:5, 3:18, and 4:4), and also “clothed” in white robes (Rev 7:9), and Christ’s “bride” (saints that TRULY “overcome”) was arrayed (clothed) in fine linen that points to the RIGHTEOUSNESS of saints (Rev 19:8).
The divine PURPOSE of these TEMPORARY laws of “washing” the PHYSICAL filth and dirt from clothes is because clothes were “contaminated” by sinful Israelite FLESH! The “washing” and the “bathing” of sinful Israelite flesh points to the “living water” ABOVE that will TRULY “wash away” the filth and dirt in the HEARTS of TRUE believers. But in FUTURE judgments the filth and dirt in the HEARTS of the whole world will ALSO be “washed away” since the SINS of the whole world are COVERED by the atonement (at-ONE-ment) of Jesus Christ (1John 2:2).
In the Lord’s Prayer Christ said; “Our father which art in heaven” (Matt 6:9). Yes, Christ identified the father as “OUR” father, and Paul identified the Jerusalem ABOVE as the mother of us “ALL”. The terms, “OUR” and “ALL” could indeed point to ALL souls having a TRUE father and a TRUE mother. When they are “born of women” by the “seed” of “earthly” fathers that JOINED with the “seed” (egg) of “earthly” mothers they will have an “earthly” birth nine months later. It takes an “earthly” father and an “earthly” mother to procreate and RE-produce after the HUMAN KIND!
But ALL souls ALSO have a “heavenly” father and a “heavenly” mother (the Jerusalem above), and it takes the heavenly “seed” of “OUR” father that JOINS with the heavenly “seed” of the mother of us “ALL” that will procreate and RE-produce a “heavenly” RE-birth after the GOD KIND!
We all know what an “earthly” birth is, but a “heavenly” RE-birth is of OUR “heavenly” father and of OUR “heavenly” mother. We also know that we most certainly were UNABLE to choose our “earthly” birth, but we were all taught by our churches that we indeed ARE ABLE to choose to become a believer; which (it is believed) we are then “born again”. Yes, we were all UNABLE to choose our “earthly” birth, but our “spiritually-enlightened” churches “conveniently” IGNORE that we are ALSO UNABLE to choose to be “born again” with a heavenly RE-birth of our TRUE “mother”; the Jerusalem ABOVE!
Our TRUE “beginnings” did NOT “begin” in our mother’s womb! OUR father KNEW all of us even BEFORE He “formed” us in the BELLY (womb), as explained by the example of Jeremiah….
Jeremiah 1:5 KJV Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Jeremiah is only ONE example, but there are several biblical “hints” that speak of our “PRE-existence”, which could simply be another way that speaks of our “PRE-destination”; which is indeed a biblical TRUTH! In other words, we could NOT have a “PRE-existence” if (yes, IF) we were NOT KNOWN by “OUR” father BEFORE our “earthly” birth. So just maybe ALL souls “PRE-existed” in heaven (in spirit) when they were “generated”, and were all DESTINED (PRE-destined) to be RE-generated and RE-built (JUDGED) to prepare them for a spiritual RE-birth!
In Roman 8:29-30 notice the term, “whom he did FOREKNOW”….
Romans 8:29-30 KJV For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
The ALL-knowing God obviously did “foreknow” ALL souls since Ezekiel 18:4 says that they ALL belong to HIM! Therefore on this PREMISE ALL souls just might all be DESTINED (PRE-destined) to be “conformed” (to be similar in FORM) to the image of the GLORIFIED Jesus Christ!
All believers KNOW that ALL souls DIE “in Adam”, but they REJECT that ALL souls will ALSO be “made alive”! The incredible IRONY is that they ALSO believe that ALL souls will be JUDGED! But JUDGMENT is designed to CORRECT and to “cleanse” ALL souls to be “IN CHRIST” so that ALL souls CAN be “made alive”, and their PRE-destination will be a REALITY! Please BELIEVE this scripture….
1Corinthians 15:22 KJV For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Rom 8:29 explained that Christ might (yes, MIGHT) “be the firstborn among many brethren”. Does this mean that brethren “might” NOT STAY as TRUE “brethren”? Christ was the FIRST to be resurrected to GLORY since Christ was the “FIRST”-born to actually be “BORN” (again) to GLORY! On this “born again” premise notice what is clearly stated in Colossians 1:18….
Colossians 1:18 KJV And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
“First-BORN from the DEAD” indeed points to Jesus Christ’s GLORIOUS resurrection “from the dead”, and also points to Christ being the FIRST to be BORN by a spiritual RE-birth! But Romans 8:29-30 was written ONLY to TRUE believers since it was ONLY them that were called, justified, and glorified to QUALIFY as “first-fruits” for the FIRST resurrection to GLORY!
Yes, the early TRUE believers were “PRE-destined” to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Rom 8:29). But Christ was the atonement (at-ONE-ment) for the sins of the whole world. On this premise the whole world is PRE-destined to be RE-generated and RE-built (JUDGED) to be at “ONE” with Christ and to be in Christ’s IMAGE! This statement is unbelievable from a “christian” viewpoint, but “PRE-destination” must NOT be IGNORED; which points to the “PRE-existence” of ALL souls!
Our churches teach that only a very FEW “believing” souls that use the POWER of their “free will” are ABLE to choose salvation, but they are ALREADY PRE-destined for salvation; which would mean that so-called “free will” is an ILLUSION! It is believed that God will NOT interfere in man’s “free will” choices since man MUST be FREE to make his OWN choices so that the ALL-knowing God will then KNOW IF man is SERIOUS in being SAVED; which would CANCEL the divine purpose of PRE-destination! “Free will” teaches that PRE-destination would be in the POWER of the “free will” choices of MAN, and NOT be in the POWER of the sovereign God! This is absolute INSANITY!
The sovereign God said, “Let US make man in OUR image after OUR likeness (Genesis 1:26), so WHO was the “US” and WHO was the “OUR”? The “Elohim/God” (H430) refers to the sovereign God being PLURAL; which points to the sovereign God being a FAMILY. On this premise I must ask this “unusual” question; did the sovereign God speak to His OWN FAMILY that of course “PRE-existed” with Him (in spirit), and were indeed in the “US and “OUR” image and likeness of the Elohim/God? But understand; this ONE FAMILY was NOT YET created as “MAN”!
But the term “created” in Gen 1:27 is “past tense”, so this means that the creation of MAN to be in the image and likeness of the Elohim/God would be FINISHED! Of course, it is indeed FINISHED since there is NO “past tense” and NO “future tense” from the ETERNAL “time-LESS” viewpoint of the Elohim/God! The billions of unbelieving, useless, tormented, insane, wicked, and DECEIVED souls would all have to be HEALED and JUDGED to be in the image and likeness of the PLURAL Elohim/God; which is WHY and WHAT they were all CREATED FOR!
It would be a GRADUAL spiritual PROCESS for MAN to GROW to be in the image and likeness of the PLURAL Elohim/God, and this could be WHY “OUR” father IMPOSED (forced) us to live in this highly DECEPTIVE evil world to TRY us and TEST us to see IF we TRULY “overcome” (defeat) this present evil world/age! This is why (yes, WHY) we are to RESIST this evil world’s clever LIES and highly DECEPTIVE teachings, and to also RESIST this evil world’s FALSE ways and PAGAN holidays and customs!
I must mention that a city would NOT be a “city” without being inhabited by many PEOPLE! “Jerusalem” (H3389) means “founded peaceful”, so therefore the city of Jerusalem ABOVE could simply be called the “city of PEACE” and a “people of PEACE” that were all FOREKNOWN and PRE-destined to be in the image and likeness of the PLURAL “Elohim/God” as the “FAMILY of PEACE”! The spiritual “seed” of “OUR” father will JOIN with the “seed” of OUR Father’s “WIFE” (the Jerusalem ABOVE), and the “living water” ABOVE will “sprout” and give LIFE to this spiritual “seed” so that it GROWS to later be “BORN” (again) from ABOVE” into the “FAMILY of PEACE”!
The hearts of TRUE believers are “begotten” (conceived) with the spiritual “seed” of LOVE, PEACE, and biblical TRUTH, and are all as “ONE” simply because OUR father and OUR father’s “WIFE” are as “ONE”, and Jesus Christ is also as “ONE” with TRUE believers that TRULY “overcome”, and they are also as “ONE” with Jesus Christ as being HIS “bride”! This “oneness” would be an ETERNAL “oneness”; which means that there will NEVER be REBELLION within the “FAMILY of PEACE” that had a spiritual RE-birth by the TRUE “mother” of us ALL. A marriage between a man and a woman is “ONE” flesh, and a man that is JOINED (married) to the Lord is “ONE” spirit (1Cor 6:17).
OUR father is “in love” with us, and He wants to “win our hearts” (through Christ) and we are in a divine “courtship”! We are “enticed” with GIFTS of “endearment”, and these GIFTS are SPIRITS that will inspire LOVE, PEACE and biblical TRUTH in our hearts, and will also HEAL troubled and tormented souls!
Yes, we can ignore or ridicule this divine “courtship”, or we can RESPOND to this divine “courtship” (through Christ) by building Godly character that will PREPARE us to be Christ’s “bride”! But Godly character MUST be LEARNED by “opening” our hearts to accept and BELIEVE biblical TRUTHS; which DEFINES the Godly character and WILL of OUR father! Saints that TRULY respond to this divine “courtship” are the “bride” of Jesus Christ that is at “one” with them and they are at “one” with their “husband”!
Now get out your beloved KJ Bibles and turn to John 3:1-12, and carefully read what Jesus Christ said about “born again”.
First of all, Nicodemus was a “ruler of the Jews”; which is WHY he came to Christ by NIGHT (in secret) so as NOT to be SEEN with Christ for obvious reasons. He then confessed that Christ was a “teacher come from God”, so it is possible that he simply wanted to know IF he would STILL be a “ruler of the Jews” in the coming kingdom that Christ repeatedly talked about. But He was NOT expecting what Christ explained to him, which is; “EXCEPT a man be “born again” he CANNOT see (perceive) the Kingdom of God”. Nicodemus of course thought Christ was describing an “earthly” birth, but then Christ explained “born again” is to be “born of WATER”, and “of the SPIRIT”. Christ described “born of the SPIRIT” is AS the WIND that cannot be seen where it comes from and where it goes. Yes, the term, “Spirit” (G4151) is indeed AS a current of air, or AS wind.
Wind is invisible that points to the INVISIBLE POWER of the Spirit of God in procreating and RE-producing a spiritual RE-birth. Christ explained that to be “born of the flesh” IS FLESH, and to be “born of the Spirit” IS SPIRIT. In other words, FLESH can ONLY procreate and RE-produce FLESH, and SPIRIT can ONLY procreate and RE-produce SPIRIT. So are those “born of the SPIRIT” indeed composed of SPIRIT, or are they INVISIBLE as the wind? NO, NOT YET (as we shall see) since they are NOT YET truly “BORN” (again), but a spiritual RE-birth is when they will indeed be composed of SPIRIT, and be able to be VISIBLE or INVISIBLE, as Jesus Christ was able to do.
“Born of WATER” and “born of the SPIRIT” are BOTH necessary for a spiritual RE-birth. To be “born of water” would be with “living water” from ABOVE of the Jerusalem ABOVE that FLOWS in the hearts that gives spiritual LIFE (“living” water). Yes, the “living water” ABOVE “sprouts” and “nourishes” a spiritual “seed” to give it LIFE so that it can GROW to LATER be “BORN” (again) from ABOVE!
But some of our modern churches FALSELY teach that “born of water” refers to WATER baptism or the WATER that breaks in a mother’s womb. But Christ talked about “born from ABOVE” from the spiritual water ABOVE; which most certainly is NOT physical water!
When Christ was explaining “born again”, Nicodemus should have KNOWN what Christ was talking about since he was a “master (G1320) of Israel” (instructor). But then Christ made a very “strange” statement by implying that He was talking about “earthly” things! Nicodemus being an “instructor” of Israel only KNEW of “earthly” Israel, and did NOT KNOW that “earthly” Israel was PRE-destined to be renovated, RE-built (judged), and RE-generated to prepare Israel for a spiritual RE-birth.
I believe Christ “mocked” (made fun of) Nicodemus since he was an “instructor” of Israel and did NOT KNOW about the spiritual RE-birth of his people Israel. But Nicodemus as a “master (instructor) of Israel” and a “ruler of the Jews” DID know the scriptures that speak of “earthly” Israel’s redemption, and therefore pointed to the RE-generation, the RE-building, the procreation, the RE-production, and the spiritual RE-birth of “earthly” Israel that Nicodemus should HAVE KNOWN about!
We all know that physical water is ESSENTIAL for the GROWTH and nutrition of all physical life, and spiritual “living water” from ABOVE that TRULY gives life is also ESSENTIAL for our spiritual GROWTH to LEARN the TRUE character of OUR father. For nine months physical water is indeed ESSENTIAL for the GROWTH and nutrition of a physical “seed” to GROW to FULL conception BEFORE there can be an “earthly” birth. Likewise the spiritual “seed” of OUR father must also GROW to FULL spiritual “conception” BEFORE there can be a spiritual RE-birth, and DURING this spiritual GROWTH could be what is known as to be “converted”. Notice what Christ said to the people of Israel….
Matthew 13:15 KJV For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Christ said that the hearts of the people of Israel is waxed gross (G3975); which means “thick”. In other words, the meanings of Christ’s words could NOT ENTER their “thick” hearts! Yes, they had closed their “eyes” and “ears”; which is WHY they could NOT perceive and understand Christ’s words. But IF they HAD perceived and understood Christ’s words they would be “converted”, and then Christ would HEAL them. It simply was NOT their time for Christ to HEAL their UNBELIEF, stubborn, unrepentant, andDECEIVED “thick” hearts!
“Conversion” can come to our hearts IF we do not (yes, DO NOT) close our “eyes” and “ears” so that we are ABLE to perceive and understand the biblical TRUTHS of OUR father! We would then be “converted”; which again means to “RE-vert” or “RE-turn to a PREVIOUS state”. But WHAT and WHERE is this previous state? Notice these REVEALING scriptures….
Hebrews 11:10 KJV For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Hebrews 11:15-16 KJV And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. (16) But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Abraham looked for a CITY that has “foundations” (anchored) whose builder (founder) and maker (designer) IS GOD. IF Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had been mindful (remembered) the PREVIOUS country that they came OUT OF they would have wanted the opportunity to return (yes, RE-turn) to this “better” heavenly country. But Abraham was mindful of “Ur of the Chaldees” that he came OUT OF, but Abraham’s “converted” heart spoke to him that this was NOT where he came from, and this is WHY he wanted to “RE-turn” to his PREVIOUS “better” country and CITY; which was in HEAVEN that he came OUT OF!
“Conversion” of course could simply mean to “turn” to the TRUTHS of God, but “conversion” is much MORE; it is to “RE-turn” (yes, RE-turn) to the TRUTHS of God that we PREVIOUSLY knew about in our “PRE-existence”! But (as Abraham was) we are NOT mindful (we do NOT remember) our PRE-existence, but a “converted” heart has a “built-in” yearning and desire to “RE-turn” to our PREVIOUS home in HEAVEN.
Yes, “conversion” speaks to our hearts of the possibility that we indeed came from HEAVEN, and this is WHY we hear of the SAVED “going to heaven”, and we know of the song with the words; “this world is not my home, I’m just passing through”. Please understand, this is why (yes, WHY) we are NOT to LOVE this world and the “things” in the world (1John 2:15)!
Notice that Christ told Peter, “when thou are converted”….
Luke 22:32 KJV But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
I would say that Peter was “converted” on the day of Pentecost, along with 120 other disciples (Acts 1:15). When they received the Holy Spirit, their hearts were INSPIRED to “RE-turn” to their PREVIOUS home; which is WHERE the TRUE faith and POWER comes from! This TRUE faith and POWER produced REAL miracles that were “commonplace” during Acts, and Peter’s “conversion” was so STRONG to his PREVIOUS faith and POWER that he even RAISED a woman from the dead, and he also HEALED many people. Notice HOW to be “converted”….
Matthew 18:3-4 KJV And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (4) Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Yes, “conversion” is to become as little children; who are indeed “helpless” and are very DEPENDENT on their father and mother for LOVE, protection, and guidance. Little children are considered HUMBLE since they have NOT YET learned HOW to be PROUD! TRUE humility also tells our hearts of our “helpless” condition, and this is WHY we desire to RE-vert and “RE-turn to our PREVIOUS state” with our TRUE father and TRUE mother for LOVE, protection, and guidance. We are to be symbolically “clothed” with HUMILITY, but God RESISTS the PROUD; which are those with “inflated” egos of SELF-importance….
1Peter 5:5 KJV Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
TRUE believers with “converted” hearts do NOT LOVE this evil deceived world; they LOVE God, and to LOVE God is to LOVE biblical TRUTHS, which is to spiritually “RE-turn” to the TRUTHS that they PREVIOUSLY knew about! Yes, when the words of certain scriptures ENTER the “converted” hearts of TRUE believers they only CONFIRM what is ALREADY in their hearts! The “divine courtship” is designed to “bring to the surface” the biblical TRUTHS of certain scriptures, and then “converted” hearts will accept and BELIEVE these biblical TRUTHS!
Finally, I want to now explain a major “difficulty” I have with the term, “born again”. We all know that BEFORE we can actually be BORN we must FIRST be “begotten” (conceived), so this means that BEFORE we can actually be “BORN” (again) or “born from ABOVE” we must FIRST be “begotten” (conceived) from ABOVE of our TRUE mother; the city of Jerusalem ABOVE.
The Concordant Literal Translation indeed uses “begotten” EVERY time the word “born” is mentioned in John 3:1-12! “Born again” should simply be “begotten” from ABOVE, or “begotten” of WATER, or “begotten” of the SPIRIT! But the terms, “born”, “begotten”, and “beget” are indeed linked to the SAME Greek meaning (G1080). It’s just that the KJ translators were NOT careful as to HOW they translated G1080!
In 1John the term, “born of God” is found 6 times, but the beloved apostle John did NOT write the term, “born of God”! The King James translators DID!
The Concordant Literal Translation CORRECTLY translated “begotten of God” these 6 times! This is WHY we should be very CAREFUL with our beloved KJ Bibles!
I want to again discuss the term, “firstborn from the dead” since this is a most REVEALING term because it explains what “born again” IS and what it ISN’T! To truly be “BORN” (again) would be AFTER we DIE, and WHEN we are resurrected at the FIRST resurrection to GLORY! Christ was the FIRST that was “BORN” from the DEAD when He was resurrected to GLORY….
Colossians 1:18 KJV And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
But in Revelation 1:5 the KJ New Testament “mysteriously” mentioned that Christ was the FIRST “begotten” of the dead….
Revelation 1:5 KJV And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
So which scripture is correct? Was Jesus Christ the “firstborn” from the DEAD or the first “begotten” of the DEAD? To be honest this is an apparent contradiction! So again, we should be very CAREFUL with our beloved KJ Bibles!
The apostle Peter DID NOT write this following scripture, but again, the King James translators DID!….
1Peter 1:23 KJV Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Here is CORRECT wording in Young’s Literal Translation….
1Peter 1:23 YLT being begotten again, not out of seed corruptible, but incorruptible, through a word of God–living and remaining–to the age;
Being “BEGOTTEN again” does NOT mean being “BORN again”! This could indeed mean that we are “begotten” (conceived) by our “earthly” mother the FIRST time, but we will be “begotten” (conceived) AGAIN by our “heavenly” mother ABOVE by the incorruptible “seed” through “a” (a “certain”) word of God!
Physical “conception” is a TIME for physical GROWTH of the physical fetus in the womb, and “conversion” of the heart is ALSO a TIME for spiritual GROWTH for the spiritual “fetus” in our hearts. But there could indeed be a “miscarriage” IF there is NO spiritual GROWTH in our hearts, and IF we DO NOT “drink” of the “living water” ABOVE that will “sprout” and “nourish” OUR father’s incorruptible “seed” so that our spiritual “fetus” will GROW in our hearts.
Yes, our spiritual “fetus” will “miscarry” IF it does NOT grow in biblical TRUTH, but IF we DO respond from the HEART to spiritually GROW by accepting and believing biblical TRUTH then our spiritual “fetus” will GROW to FULL spiritual “conception” for a spiritual RE-birth.
“Rivers of living water” will flow OUT from TRUE believers….
John 7:38 KJV He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Any soul that BE-lieves (BY-lives, or lives-BY) the words of Jesus Christ will “drink” this “living water” that goes directly to the BELLY (G2836); which figuratively means the HEART, but this figurative “language” points to a very profound biblical TRUTH! Rivers DO indeed FLOW, so therefore “rivers of living water” will FLOW out of the HEARTS that “drink” of this “living water”.
This is HOW the FLOW of “rivers of living water” is SPREAD. It is spread FIRST to the souls that are “called” (invited) to a “divine courtship” to prepare to be the “bride” of Jesus Christ. Then later in the coming ages the FLOW of “rivers of living water” will SPREAD to the REST of mankind by the teachings of PEACE from the “FAMILY of PEACE”; which were the FIRST to be “BORN” (again) of our TRUE “mother” ABOVE!
The tiny “fetus” in our hearts must GROW in biblical TRUTHS that are ALREADY in “converted” hearts to develop into a GODLY “fetus” BEFORE it can actually be BORN into the perfect “oneness” of the eternal FAMILY of PEACE. If (yes, IF) that tiny “fetus” does NOT GROW in biblical TRUTHS then that “fetus” will “miscarry”, and when that soul dies (as all souls) then the SPIRIT of that soul “RE-turns” back to God who gave it (Ecc 12:7). But IF that “fetus” HAD grown to FULL spiritual “conception” then that soul will have its spiritual RE-birth in the glorious FIRST resurrection.
Yes, the spirit of a “miscarried” fetus is waiting (asleep) in heaven to later be “restored” with the soul and body it previously had, and that soul will be resurrected along with the “unjust” (Acts 24:15). But this “unfortunate” soul will STILL be HEALED and JUDGED with the REST of mankind to be RE-generated for a spiritual RE-birth, but NOT at the glorious FIRST resurrection!
The precious GIFTS of this “divine courtship” are divinely designed to inspire TRUE believers to IDENTIFY and to RESIST all the “scientific”, “political”, and “christain” clever LIES and deceptions of this evil world/age. This would be the mental “stress” and “strain” of overcoming (defeating) everything FALSE about this evil deceived world; which will determine if (yes, IF) we are to be the “bride” of Jesus Christ so that we can be “firstfruits” for the glorious FIRST resurrection, and to be “BORN” (again) from ABOVE into the eternal FAMILY of PEACE!
Jesus Christ said in the Lord’s Prayer to pray that OUR father’s “WILL be done in earth, as it is in HEAVEN”….
Matthew 6:10 KJV Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
So who (yes, WHO) is in HEAVEN that is “doing” OUR father’s WILL? The answer is found in this most REVEALING scripture….
Ephesians 3:15 KJV Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
The WHOLE family is either in HEAVEN or on EARTH! The family in HEAVEN would NOT YET be “born of women”, and the family on EARTH of course ARE “born of women” (Luke 7:28). Notice that the WHOLE family is NAMED, and NAMES not only identify WHO we are, but they also identify our character and NATURE. Yes, just maybe OUR father gave NAMES to identify ALL souls since they ALL belong to Him!
Names also identify the PRE-destined NATURE of the souls of the WHOLE family. On this premise our “earthly” parents were simply INSPIRED by OUR father to give us our names ALREADY assigned to us that will identify our NATURE that will be RE-newed and RE-built (Titus 3:5 WNT) to be at “ONE” with Jesus Christ, and at “ONE” with OUR father and mother. Keep in mind that Christ WAS the atonement (at-ONE-ment) for us, and for the WHOLE WORLD!
In conclusion; suppose you “suddenly” have a profound interest in the Bible, and you also “suddenly” realize that our churches CANNOT explain the TRUE origin and TRUE destiny of mankind, and also CANNOT explain the TRUE purpose of human life! You also “suddenly” want to QUESTION all the “christain” doctrines, and everything taught to you as “supposed” TRUTH all your life. Yes, you might indeed be “converted” and “begotten of God”, but that tiny “fetus” in your heart MUST GROW in the CORRECT spiritual “DNA”; which are the “building blocks” that will BUILD Godly character! That tiny “fetus” in your heart will NOT GROW in the clever LIES and deceptions of this evil world; it can ONLY grow in biblical TRUTH! So if (yes, IF) you in HUMILITY accept and BELIEVE biblical TRUTH you might indeed be PREPARED for a spiritual RE-birth at the FIRST resurrection to GLORY!
By Mahlon Wickey, January 2020