Hello Audiences! Welcome to RTGF. It is scary people do no study scripture. You born again! How? It is shocking to hear even from frontline preachers that people are born again with earthly body. Yet none has the qualities of resurrected Jesus. He is the only known and proven first born again from the dead (Col. 1:18).
Certainly man (humanity) has been born again by the word of God. But not together with earthly body (1Pet. 1:23-25). Hence individual has a race to run to realize the stature of born-again man in Christ. This is Episode 6 of the ROOT Series – Titled: “Know the truth and enter by the door before He is shut (Rev, 3:7-8).”
Besides living in covenant with truth you will not be free (John 8:32). No matter your standing in Christianity. My name is Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author. Our topic for today is: Significance of empty tomb to born again (Mt. 28:5-6).
Aim: To loosen the processes of born again for clear understanding.
Jesus said to Nechodemus: “Most assuredly, I say to you, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3).” It suggests man was originally in like manner. Again, He said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5).” In the beginning God made the outward man (the body) with mud – A mixture of dust of the ground and earth water (Gen. 2:6-7).
In contrast the body of born again is made with pure water (Heb. 10:22). This water symbolizes baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38). The baptism signifies the word of God (Acts 11:16). The substance of the word is the glorious body (Phil. 3:21).
This is the body of born-again man. The old and new body are alike because of the shared element of water, though one is dirty and the other is pure. They are dissimilar because the old body was of water with molecules and made with hands. But the new is of water without particles and made without hands (2Cor. 5:1).
Inner man of both is of Spirit origin (Gen. 1:27; 1Pet. 3:4). It means until body of flesh dies and, or changed to glorious body and arise no man will be born again apart from by faith. Empty tomb of buried and risen Jesus is our example. It is not a thing of prayer where you believe you have received it by faith (Mk. 11:22-24).
So, to claim to be born again with earthly body is another evidence of how the people of God are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6). Neither the spirit, nor soul, nor body alone is a complete man God created. All three must be perfect to be born again.
Intervention of God in man’s life. At appointed time, God demonstrated His love for man. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).” God sent His Son to the world not to condemn it, but that it might be saved through Him.
It is on this premise the process of born again begins. First step is believed in Jesus to be saved (Acts 16:31). This step unshackles man from prison of Satan. Then God gives to him of His Spirit (1John 4:13). In the Spirit dwells the Holy Spirit who is sole anointing and teacher (1John 2:27).
Then he begins the race to attain the stature of perfect man sited in Christ (Eph. 2:6). Though we are kids of God it has not been shown what we shall be (1John 3:2). Till we endure to end of race and be perfect man (1Thes. 5:23), born again state like risen Christ (1John 3:2).
Literally believe in Jesus is what is required, not literary believe. So, to be saved and have Holy Spirit dwell in man is a step to born again. WOW!
To parade with earthly body as born again sends wrong message to uninformed for they know you will die. So, it is unproductive for fishing more souls to Christ.
Christ according to the Spirit was once like man according to the flesh. When Jesus according to the flesh became the sins, man committed in the past He bore them in His body (1Pet. 2:24). At last He was crucified and buried for the previous sins man committed (Rom. 3:25).
In His death, the Spirit of God changed the dead body of flesh to a glorious body. Next, He resurrected Him as the first born again from the dead (Col. 1:18). But since Jesus and man were of one body, the Holy Spirit if He dwells in you, will also give life to your mortal body (Rom. 8:11).
Meanwhile the soul is being renewed by the Spirit of the Lord with full cooperation of man (2Cor. 4:16). Then transformed into the same glory of the Lord (2Cor. 3:18).
Thus, as He is so are, we in this world (1John 4:17). Though we regard one another according to the spirit (2Cor. 5:16), we live with the body of flesh.
So the task is for the spirit man to live life of spirit with the body of flesh. It translates to working out the salvation of own soul (Phil. 2:12).
Faith and work. Both Jesus and man according to the flesh suffered, died, buried and resurrected together (Rom. 6:3-11). However, man still lives with body of flesh. It’s the reason to run to Jesus to get rid of the body of flesh by faith in hope of being made perfect.
As you run, match your object of faith with corresponding work with body of flesh. Example; if the run by faith is about believe in your heart that to lie is sin, stop to tell lies – this is the equivalent work.
This is how to make members of the body function as Instrument of righteousness (Rom 6:13).
So the work is to drop every form of old habits which is baggage and of sin, and pick up godly habits and run with endurance (Heb. 12:1). It is equivalent to working out the salvation of own soul. Hence faith without work is dead (James 2:17). If you still carry on with old habits it means, you have believed literarily or bookish.
One must first die or taken up before the body of flesh will be changed to a glorious body (Phil. 3:21). That is when man is concretely born again in Christ. Without the process neither the soul will receive salvation, nor will the body of flesh be changed to that made without hands.
This is the tragedy of ignoring the gospel of the cross of Jesus, and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2); to follow crowd, preachers of fable, of material prosperity, and the like.
The end of faith. Now man in the flesh walks by faith. Without it he cannot please God (Heb. 11:6). Once soul receives salvation man will receive the end of his faith (1Pet. 1:9). This is why scripture says that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). It means a perfect man does not walk by faith.
So mortal man is not perfect. Instead lives by faith in hope to attain stature of perfect man in Christ (Ref. Insert). This was demonstrated in Episode 2 of this series with the rock on which Jesus built His church. So, it remains for man to imitate Jesus and endure to the end, to be born again – spirit, soul and body (1Thes. 5:23).
Objective Sign of Salvation. What climaxed and accomplished why God incarnated in the body of flesh is the object of salvation. The Lord Supper is purposed to keep man in remembrance of this objective. It is not the object. Rather the cross of Jesus and Him crucified is the object of salvation (1Cor. 2:2).
So, Jesus is the only way by which salvation is guaranteed. It is by the gospel of the cross of the Lord Christ Jesus the world has been crucified to man, and a true believer to the world (Gal. 6:14). It is by abiding in Him one walks in the Spirit like Jesus walked (1John 2:6).
If a man does not abide in Jesus, he cannot do anything fruitful before God (John 15:4-5). Those who abide in Him as a routine do the job of the gifts He gave to some men before He ascended. They are for them to equip the Saints. The gifts give them the privilege to receive revelation or in-depth biblical knowledge.
It is for the men to share to others for the purpose of lifting them up to same level of faith and knowledge of Christ, and so on (Eph. 4:12-13).
Comparing birth on earth in darkness with born again into Light: To be born again is similar in process to giving birth on earth. The earth is like the womb of a woman in the procedure.
To believe in Jesus is like conception in the womb. Like the foetus undergoes steady growth over time, likewise a believer transforms steadily in spirit, soul, and body. But God at once gives a believer of His Spirit (1John 4:13). This helps the soul and body to grow to maturity over time.
As the foetus grows to full baby in the womb and is lastly given birth on earth, and not in the womb, likewise fully transformed believer is born again into the kingdom of God, and not on earth short of righteousness (Rom. 9:28).
Conclusion: Now by evidence we know who is born again: He does not commit sin (1John 3:9), dissolves pass barrier, appear and disappear (John 20:19), is pure in heart, love everyone equally, cannot and will not lie and etc. Let no one deceived deceive you. Test every word you hear (2Tim. 3:13).
Nobody can know the truth unless revealed by the Holy Spirit. Truth is same under the sun and is affirmed by scripture and not opinion of man. So if you hear different views from different voices about same text contrary to scripture run to save your soul.
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