ETS Thought 011514 – An Open Letter About The New Birth, To a Friend

My Friend,

Please forgive me for not responding to your last comment. There were a number of things that I had to do today, but I do want you to know that I have been in constant prayer for you ever since I received your last comment.

It is good that you have made reference to scriptures that are contained in the Holy Bible. I find no area of conflict with the passages that you have referenced. But, there is an area of scriptural teaching that you did not mention. I would like to discuss that area with you, which deals with the “new birth,” or being born again.

The Jews had looked forward to an event that would take place in the future, which was the coming of the Kingdom of God, as follows:

Psalms 47:7-8, “For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne”

This time in eternity is also called the millennium, or the thousand year rule and reign of Christ, as follows:

Revelation 20:1-7″
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years ; 3 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed ; after these things he must be released for a short time. 4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand ; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection ; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Jesus had a Jewish visitor who was named Nicodemus, who was also a member of the Sanhedrin, and was a Pharisee. In essence, Nicodemus was “an important Jew.” Jesus wasted no time in explaining that the only way that anyone could enter the Kingdom of God is to be born again, as follows:

John 3:3, “3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Jesus explained further that the new birth, the birth from above, is a spiritual happening, as follows:

John 3:8, “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going ; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Jesus explained to His disciples that the Holy Spirit would indwell His believers and would be a helper for the believer, forever, as follows:

John 14:16, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever”

Jesus also explained to the disciples that there would be a common indwelling of the Holy Spirit, as follows

John 14:20, “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

The flawed spirit of man, after the new birth, was regenerated (born again) and became as pure as the spirit of God (God the Father) and Jesus (God the Son). The spirit that was in the “born again” man, was also in God the Father, and in God the Son.

The result of the new birth is as follows:

2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature ; the old things passed away ; behold, new things have come.”

The new birth has caused the person, who was born again, to become a new creature. The new creature refers to the person’s new-born spirit.

Each of us has three parts of our being, (spirit, soul, body) as follows:

1 Thessalonians 5:23, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely ; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Even after a person is born again, that person can sin with his body by doing vicious acts. He can also sin with his soul, by being able to think bad thoughts. But, because his spirit has been regenerated, (born again) his spirit is as pure as the Spirit of Christ, and can not sin. The indwelling Holy Spirit prompts those who have been born again to live a lifestyle that strives to match the lifestyle that Jesus had, therefor a “new creature.”

Such a person is known to be, “in Christ,” which creates an expectant “hope of Glory.”

Colossians 1:27, “to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Consistent with being “in Christ” is having a lifestyle that matches the teachings of Jesus. In the church that was founded at Corinth, lifestyle issues appeared that were contrary to the desire that God has for His people.

Such ungodly lifestyles indicated that the new birth had not happened in everyone’s life. Those people, who had not been born again would not inherit the kingdom of God. Those people, through their lifestyle choices, showed that they did not have the indwelling and prompting Holy Spirit within them. The words in the following scriptures identify a number of lifestyle choices that show that a person had not been born again, and that he would not be able to enter the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God ? Do not be deceived ; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”

But, we read that there were people who had been born again, and no longer had such ungodly lifestyles.
Therefore, they would be able to enter the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:11, “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

A person who used to be an adulterer, once he has been born again, “was” an adulterer. A person who was a homosexual, once he has been born again, “was” a homosexual. A person who lifestyle before his new birth was that of a thief, “was” a thief after his being born again. The absence of a lifestyle that matches what is expected of a born again believer in Christ, indicates that there was no new birth that took place. It can be said, “I was born that way.” But, in the respect of a homosexual, until a homosexual act has been committed, such a person is not a homosexual. If a person feels predisposed to having sex with a child, are we to say that since that person says that he was “born that way,” that he can have a lifestyle choice of pedophilia and say that he is saved and is going to heaven? Please let me be very honest with you – “I don’t think so!”

The Bible discusses many sinful acts of people, including those of marriages where a man would have more than one wife. Nowhere in God’s Word will we find the approval of God for such marriages. In fact such marriages resulted in conflict and dysfunction. Jesus identifies marriage as being between one man and one woman in Matthew 19:4-6, as follows:

4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,5 and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH ‘?6″So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

The desire of God for marriage has always been one man for one woman. I will not comment on the biological reasons for a man marrying a woman, but they are quite obvious.

Please know that, I could go “on and on” and expound on the subject of being born again, and on the eternity of those who have not been born again. Up to this point, time, I have spent a lot of time putting these thoughts together; I don’t have a prepared script. As I have said before, I have no ax to grind, but the ax of truth. I am receiving no pay for the time that I am spending preparing this letter, but I would gladly spend “hours on end” if that were necessary. We read in 1 Timothy 2:4, that “(God) desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Yes. That is the desire of God. But, also, the requirement of God is that “you must be born again.” (John 3:7).

Jesus has some very grave words that relate to our relationship with Him.

Matthew 7:20, “So then, you will know them by their fruits”

Matthew 7:21, “”Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”

Matthew 7:23, “”And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

In the three above verses, Jesus said that a person’s lifestyle identifies whether a person has been born again, or not. He continues by saying that not everybody will go to heaven, only those who have a lifestyle that is in accordance with His will. Jesus concludes His discussion by saying, “I never knew you,” to those who did not have a godly relationship with Him (to those who had not been born again). When He said, “I never knew you,” Jesus is saying that for those who have not been born again, that He “never” had a personal saving relationship with them.

In my post on those who need to be born again, I was not being judgmental or disrespectful to anybody. It is my responsibility as a minister of the gospel to tell people what the Bible says, That is what I did by cautioning people of the lifestyle choices that show that they have not been born again, and therefore will spend an eternity in Hell. That is a very sobering thought. There are many pastors who do not teach on the existence of Hell; but I can not omit such an important reality of God’s Word. A pastor is doing a great disservice to those who have not been born again when the topic of hell is left out of his sermons. I have no malice for anyone; I have only love and compassion for those who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It is my prayer that anyone who hears my sermons or lessons will pay heed to them and submit their lives to Jesus; they will be born again.

It grieves me to say this, but if you are living a homosexual lifestyle, I can not say anything to you other than you have no fruit to show that you have been born again. You eternity is something that you can not take lightly. It is my most sincere prayer and desire that you give yourself over to a lifestyle which is pleasing to Jesus.

In The Love Of Christ

Pastor/Equipping The Saints

Author: Eternity

Things are discussed in this website that relate to God's creation, from "eternity to eternity," and all that is addressed within those parameters. Consider Isaiah 43:13, "Even from eternity I am He, And there is no one who can rescue from My hand; I act, and who can reverse it?” The Moody Study Bible adds a comment: "God is the ruler of all, and there is nothing that can stand against Him. His will is irresistible. The Bible Knowledge Commentary adds this thought: "No one can reverse what God puts into action or thwart His plans." The articles that are found in this site may relate to anything that is found in the Bible, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22.21, as well as anything that may relate to the Bible.

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