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18 Of his own will <boulomai> begat he <apokueo>
us <hemas> with the word <logos> of truth <aletheia>, that
<eis> we <hemas> should be <einai> a kind <tis> of
firstfruits <aparche> of his <autos> creatures <ktisma>. KJV-Interlinear
18 In the exercise of His will He
brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the
first fruits among His creatures.NASB
Here is a contrast.Man takes his God given intellect, moves beyond the legitimate limits
established by God, and combines his wants and desires with lust, to produce
Now if anyone wants to boast about being able to
create something out of nothing, then sin is your product.
God, on the other hand, takes His will, combines it with
truth and produces eternal life.
Which of the two are more honorable?
Jesus Christ went to the Cross, and paid the price
demanded by sin and death.Jesus Christ
defeated them both and became the first fruit, an example set forth for all of
Believers, who have believed in the Savior, who is
Jesus Christ, whether born in the time of Adam, of Noah, of Job, of David, or
at anytime in all of human history, are saved the very instant they believe in
That is the 'begat' being expressed here.Regeneration verses creation.Bringing man forth, is the act of
regeneration of life into something (man), who otherwise does not have
life.Physical life of the human body, and
forever life of the human soul are not eternal life, a life that admits the
believer into heaven to live with God or all of eternity.
The soul was created with forever life.That is what unbelievers have, and it is what
will keep them alive in the Lake of Fire.
However, believers, are regenerated the very moment
they believe in Christ.Their
regeneration is a human spirit, into which eternal life takes up residence.This is where the phrase 'born again' comes
from.The believer receives a
regenerated life in the form of a newly created human spirit.
Once born, a person cannot be unborn.Once born, a person cannot reverse the
process and return to the status of not being born.Thus, the new birth of the human spirit is
permanent.Once saved, always
saved.You cannot lose, or reverse, your
eternal life or salvation status.
God did this in order to make us, humanity, the first
fruits, after the pattern of Jesus Christ, for all of creation.
Were it not for Christ, there would be no further
life.Were it not for believers in
Christ being made new creatures again, there would be no further creation.Gods work is good.Mans work, your work, will never measure up
to His standard.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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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