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1 Peter 1:23
23 Being born again [anagennao], not [ou] of [ek] corruptible [phthartos]
seed [spora], but [alla] of incorruptible [aphthartos], by [dia] the word [logos] of God [theos], which
liveth [zao] and [kai] abideth [meno] for [eis] ever [aion].KJV-Interlinear
23 for you have been born again
not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living
and abiding word of God. NASB
To be born is to have
a beginning.And our first birth, is our
first beginning in life.For it is at
the point of our physical birth, that we are first introduced to life and the
many advantages or disadvantages of life.
And by faith in
Christ, God gives us a second birth, or a second beginning.It is in this second beginning, that we are
introduced to a second life, or spiritual life, and the many advantages, which
it offers us.
In our first birth,
our start came from our parents and our biological foundation.It is that foundation which has severe limits
in life.Once born, we grow up all for
the destiny of dying.Nothing better can
come out of a physical birth.
The result of our
first birth came from the will of our parents.The result of our first birth is eventual decay.
However, God in His
divine will, caused us to be born again, and from His will, which is truth,
which is eternal as He is eternal, then anything that God wills, will likewise
be eternal and therefore permanent.
The Word of God is a
living word.We have already seen that
it is truth, it is the source of knowledge, as well as the doorway to wisdom,
and it is love or doctrine in action.Now we see that Gods word is a living word, as opposed to a word
(worldly viewpoint), which is a word pertaining to death.
The Word of God
offers you something that is far more, infinitely more, than anything offered
by this world.Life is infinitely
greater than death.
And though it always sounds
like a broken record with all of its repetition or warnings and reminders, the Bible
constantly teaches, repetitively teaches, the advantages of learning doctrine
and growing up spiritually, verses ignoring doctrine and embracing world views
and the many disadvantages that go along with that.
Remember our study in
Job.Satan was walking along on the face
of the earth.Satan was both indifferent
and defiant toward anything that embraced truth.Truth equals God, equals love, equals life,
Anyone who rejects
God, Christ, doctrine, or their spiritual life, will be either indifferent or a
manipulating and deceitful person.Cold
is a good description of their personality.
When a person lacks
doctrine, then their coldness (because cold is associated with death), will
result in their being a dreamer, or idealistic, or just plain lustful for power
and so forth.Their ideas and desires
will always fail, and that failure will always turn them into a tyrant.
frustration, breeds anger, breeds violence.And especially when a leader is an idealist, then the most pleasant personality
will eventually turn to force or violence, in order to get their way.
Here is the opposite
of an idealist.An idealist wants things
that will never be, and he will force everything in order to change this.
A growing believer
wants things that will certainly be, and he need do nothing but grow up in his
faith, in order to gain phenomenal success.
The idealist or
spiritually negative person, will hustle and force and expend phenomenal energy
and plots in order to get his desires.Satan
is the perfect example of this. The next great example of this will be the
anti-christ, with many world want-to-be s scattered throughout history.
The growing believer
relies on the mere word of God.
The spiritually negative
person works hard, wanting everything his way, and getting nothing.
positive believer looks to Gods work, and gains everything.
And the repetition of
Gods teaching continues, until somebody, anybody, finally catches on.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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