A Voice in the
May 19, 2009
Cannot be Unborn
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.
--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,
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
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood is not able to inherit
the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption."
We are not yet -qualified- to enter Heaven. We have not yet gone through
the Resurrection/Rapture, where we are "changed" into incorruption.
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
"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
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.
a "living faith" (Hab2:4, Rom1:17, Ga3:11, Heb10:38),
of the true "heart"