John 3:3-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
The New Birth
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
The subject is the new birth. It was made in response to a communication that I had with a fellow blogger.
Thank you for the scriptures and for your ideas. Please let me add something. It is important for us to know “from what we were saved.” The spirit, soul, and body (1 Thes 5:23) were all affected by the fall of Adam. All components of our total being were flawed and began the death cycle upon our conception. When we were born again, it was our spirit that was born again. Immediately, our spirit began to indwell the Spirit of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Our spirit then became as pure as the spirit of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our “born again” spirit can not sin. However, our soul (our mind, emotions, etc) has not been born again, and will continue to be capable of having sinful thoughts until we die. Also, our body has not been born again, and will continue to suffer from the effects of dying until we die, which is a result of the fall of Adam. When we are caught up (1Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-55) in the rapture, our bodies, souls, and spirits rejoin in perfection. At the time of our death, prior to the rapture, our soul and spirit are reunited and we are in the presence of God (2 Cor 5:6-10). At the time of the Rapture, our body will join our spirit and soul The people who have not been born again will stay in death until they face the Great White Throne Judgement and will receive the judgement that would have been taken by Jesus, if they had been born again (Rev 20:11-15) (Col 2:11-14).
Squire Parsons sings of the expectant hope of being in Beulah Land. The hope for believers in Christ, those of us who have been born again, is an expectant hope. For those who have not been born again, Beulah Land is only a thought. If you are not sure if you have been born again, please read the Gospel Of John. Pray for God to lead you in coming to a trusting and believing relationship in Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. If you have such a belief, you have been born again. If you have been born again, you also have a relationship of trust and belief in Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Please don’t discard this concern that I have for all people who have no such saving relationship in Jesus. In the video, which was recorded in the early 1990s, you will see a number of the singers who have gone on to be with the Lord. They had been born again; they had trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It will be wonderful spending eternity with them, “in Beulah Land.” Where you will spend eternity?
Sweet Beulah Land
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