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May 19, 2009

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Cannot be Unborn

READER COMMENTS:
Dear Sir. If a person comes to Christ in true repentance and is baptized by the Holy Spirit and becomes born again, they can not become unborn any more than Mary could have become unpregnant. The holy Spirit accomplished both the pregnancy of Mary and the new birth of a believer in the finished work of Christ.

VW ANSWER:
--Indeed, the work of Christ is "finished". He died and rose "once for all" (Rom6:10, Heb7:27, 9:12,26, 10:10, 1Pt3:18) There is "no more sacrifice for sins" (Heb10:26) He has "sat down at the right hand of God" (Mk16:19, Heb1:3, 12:2) His work is done. He proclaimed, "It has been finished" (Jn19:30)

--However, the "new birth" of the believer and Mary's pregnancy are/were not the same thing. Mary gave birth to Jesus when He came to take on "flesh and blood" (Heb2:14), the same lineage/genetics through which death came upon man through Adam (1Co15:21) and Eve (Gen3:15) Thus, true, in a manner of speaking: Mary could not become "unpregnant". But Jesus' birth through Mary's womb was not His "glorification" (Jn7:39,12:16, Ac3:13, 2Th1:10) That was/is the Resurrection. (1Co15:23, 1Th2:19)

But to say that the new birth and that of Jesus are the same is to use Nicodemus' argument about being born the "second time". (Jn3:4) And this is where a proper translation is necessary. Jesus said that one must be born "from -above- (a higher place)" (Jn3:3,7) Being born from "above", of the Holy Spirit (Jn3:8) is not the same as being born "again", as of from human genetics.

This is why Paul speaks of "adoption" (Rom8:15,23, Ga4:5, Eph1:5) Adopted children do not have the same genetics as their adoptive parents. By genetics, we are children of Adam. By adoption, through the Holy Spirit, we are children of God. (Jn1:12, Rom8:15)

But, the adoption hasn't yet happened. We have the promise through the Holy Spirit; thus we have the 'hope'. Jesus promised, "I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (Jn14:3) But that hasn't happened yet. And our hope is valid because it is promised by God; having been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. The earnest of the "purchased possession" has been paid. But the -closing-, the "redemption" hasn't yet happened. If it had, Paul would not have written,

    "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption." (1Co15:50)
We are not yet -qualified- to enter Heaven. We have not yet gone through the Resurrection/Rapture, where we are "changed" into incorruption. (1Co15:51)

And to repeat this much also: God's end of the bargain is secure and sure. (Rom8:31-39) But just as we have the option to "choose life" (De30:19); when we have been, thus, 'righteous', we can also deviate from that righteousness and choose evil. (Ezk33:13,18) Notice the wording...

    "When I say to the righteous that he shall live life, but he TRUSTS IN HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND COMMITS INIQUITY, none of all his righteousness shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has done, he shall die." (Ezk33:13)
He has been declared righteous (Rom5:19) but then "withdraws" with "an evil heart of unbelief" (Heb3:12) because he has been "hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (vs13)

Human genetics, pregnancy and birth are not the same as the spiritual change.

Scripture also likens us to 'sheep'. We are still in the holding pen. We haven't yet been loaded up into the truck (Resurrection/Rapture) and taken to market, where we will then be taken to the ring, on display, for the grandstands of the auction ring (Heaven). Actually, that's where this comparison ends, because we are not on display for 'auction', but the announcer announces us, as everybody in the stands will then give praise to God for what wonderful 'specimens' we are....having been purchased by Jesus' blood.

    "...that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish." (Eph5:27)
So, supposing the sheep (as sheep do) finds a hole in the fence and escapes the holding pen and "goes astray" (Is53:6, 1Pt2:25)... and in the mean time the truck arrives, backs up to the chute, and those in the pen get loaded up to go to market; the truck isn't waiting around for the one that snuck out the hole. It was in the pen (Saved) with the promise of going to market (Heaven), but snuck out (drew back), and now it is on-the-loose, and the auction starts at a CERTAIN TIME, so the truck can't wait around....
    "...the TIME IS AT HAND. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to what his work shall be." (Rev22:10-12)
I don't know how much more clearly we can dissect the grammar and illustrate it with pictures. But the theology of the 'great men' dies hard, doesn't it, especially when it has also been improperly foisted into the Bible translations...and so, since it is in print and been accepted for so many centuries; the 'translation' is seen as being God's original Word and thus unchanging, it is accepted as truth. But in actuality, the faulty translation becomes a vehicle for false doctrine, which lures the lazy, proud and willfully self-righteous into everlasting destruction; but those holding to it happily think they are "secure". As we saw with the notes accompanying the DKJV edition, they make sure the translation adheres to their pre-established historic doctrines; not the other way around, verifying their doctrines to God's Word.
    "And in vain they revere Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." (Mt15:9, Mk7:7)
Yes, God so loved the world that He sent Jesus. But salvation is not for those who believed -once-, and then la-dee-dah, "I'm all set", my ticket is purchased; I can set the ticket on the shelf and forget about it, my insurance is paid. Again, faulty verb tenses, perhaps from Calvinistic Reformed theology? Salvation is for those "believ[ING]" into Him. (Jn3:15-16) (present/active/participle) Those who become children of God are those "believing" into His name" (Jn1:12)(present/active/participle) It is not a one-time go-forward and 'repeat-after-me-this-prayer' ritual and now the sinner is -pronounced- "saved" with some dabbing of water and the sign-of-the-cross. It is an ongoing and continuing faith.

It is a "living faith" (Hab2:4, Rom1:17, Ga3:11, Heb10:38),

of the true "heart" (Rom2:29)

Amen!

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