The Apple Of God's Eye

April 8, 2009

What Does It Mean To Be Born Of Water – And Of Spirit?

117Here is a verse which really confuses mainstream Christianity which believes in the false notion of going to heaven when one dies. In fact, there is not one verse in the Bible which backs up this assumption. John 3:5 states:

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” 

Jesus here spoke of a literal birth — the entrance into the Family of God as a spirit being, and the process by which one attains that goal. It DOES NOT speak about going to heaven. Hence, both water and God’s Spirit are involved. 

What does the Bible say about being “born of water”? The apostle Peter explained that upon repentance one should be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Baptism pictures the washing away of past sins and the burial of the old self (Rom. 6). In addition, Ephesians 5:26-27 and John 15:3 show that Jesus Christ is sanctifying and cleansing His Church with the “washing of water by the word [the Bible].” Why? So He might present it to Himself as a Church without any spiritual blemishes.  The crowning glory of each person’s life will be his resurrection. Then the saints will be changed from mortal to immortal to become children of God.

I Corinthians 15:51-54 gives an amazingly clear description of this process. Jesus here attempts to describe this spiritual process to a carnal thinking Nicodemus. He explains that “what is born of the spirit is spirit.” This does not merely mean that we are renewed “like the Spirit,” or that we are renewed by the Spirit of God, while still in our physical forms. That would be trivializing what is really said here. Jesus Christ said that we are to literally be born into the family of God – to be Spirit beings in the Father’s family. This is made plain by the emphasis on the fact that none yet reside with God in heaven:

“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even  the Son of man which is in heaven.” (John 3:13)

Further proof is in Acts 2:34:

“For David is not ascended into the heavens…” This despite David being long dead, and surely worthy of being in heaven as he is a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

Could anything be plainer? We do not go to heaven or hell upon our death. Those doctrines are man made myths. But we do have the choice of eternal life in the family of God. If we understand, repent, are baptized (Acts 2:38) and then walk in the ways (commandments) of God, we will inherit eternal life as a Spirit member of the family of God. THIS is the concept Jesus tried to explain to Nicodemus.

If we do not accept the conditions God imposes on us – in complete love – will not be written in the book of life and will end up in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15). This IS NOT HELL. This concept is of God, who destroys the wicked quickly and with the least amount of suffering possible, to lose out on eternal life and joy with God. There is no such thing as suffering eternally with God, as He is a God of love, not hatred. It’s time we banish the foolishness of denominational doctrines meant to enslave man in pagan fears and superstitions. They only destroy the beautiful message of the gospel, which Jesus Christ died for.

Why Does The Bible Say God Is Jealous?

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The verses which make reference to God as a “jealous God” are often misunderstood. The reason is that we are accustomed to jealousy referring to envy or bitter resentment. However, this is not the intended meaning of the word JEALOUS when used in reference to God. A better translation, then, is ZEALOUS. 

Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary” has this as one of the definitions of JEALOUS: “vigilant in guarding a possession.” This is the proper sense in which we should understand this word as applied to God. Please compare Exodus 20:5 with Deuteronomy 4:24 and Hebrews 12:29.

What Is The Original Inspired Order Of The Books Of The Bible?

Filed under: Bible — melchia @ 7:14 pm

Some people ask to receive a list of the books of the Bible in their original inspired order.  The King James Version contains 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. Originally, the number of books in the Bible was 49. There were 22 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. 

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OLD TESTAMENT  

I. THE LAW 

      1. Genesis 

      2. Exodus 

      3. Leviticus 

      4. Numbers 

      5. Deuteronomy 

 

II. THE PROPHETS 

      6. Joshua-Judges 

      7. Book of Kingdoms (Samuel, Kings) 

      8. Isaiah 

      9. Jeremiah 

     10. Ezekiel 

     11. The Twelve 

          a) Hosea 

          b) Joel 

          c) Amos 

          d) Obadiah 

          e) Jonah 

          f) Micah 

          g) Nahum 

          h) Habakkuk 

          i) Zephaniah 

          j) Haggai 

          k) Zechariah 

          l) Malachi 

 

III. THE WRITINGS 

     12. Psalms 

     13. Proverbs 

     14. Job 

     15. Song of Solomon 

     16. Ruth 

     17. Lamentations 

     18. Ecclesiastes 

     19. Esther 

     20. Daniel 

     21. Ezra-Nehemiah 

     22. Chronicles 

 

NEW TESTAMENT  

I. THE GOSPELS AND THE ACTS 

      1. Matthew 

      2. Mark 

      3. Luke 

      4. John 

      5. Acts 

 

GENERAL EPISTLES 

      6. James 

      7. I Peter 

      8. II Peter 

      9. I John 

     10. II John 

     11. III John 

     12. Jude 

 

III. EPISTLES OF PAUL 

     13. Romans 

     14. I Corinthians 

     15. II Corinthians 

     16. Galatians 

     17. Ephesians 

     18. Philippians 

     19. Colossians 

     20. I Thessalonians 

     21. II Thessalonians 

     22. Hebrews 

     23. I Timothy 

     24. II Timothy 

     25. Titus 

     26. Philemon 

 

IV. APOCALYPSE 

     27. Revelation 

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