A study By: Timothy M. Youngblood
Presented by: The Master's Table Web Site

 

Don’t just speed read these important scriptures but read with understanding and absorb the information that shows the truth or you very well may miss out on more truth on many other important biblical subjects as the foundation of truth MUST remain solid in order to build on it. I have seen many times that people who reject the truth becomes stagnate in their growth.

The answer from the bible is that there are two types of bodies that humans can have. The physical body and the spiritual body. The physical body does not have life inherent and as the bible states will go back to where it came from; the dust of the ground as we read in Gen 3:19. "In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return." The bible also reveals that the spirit IN man then returns to God who gave it and will become born again at the future first resurrection when Jesus returns. Eccl 12:7-8: "Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "All is vanity."

According to scripture we will put off this physical body and put on a spiritual body if we are among the elect of God so let's look at the scriptures written by the apostle Paul when teaching about the two types of bodies and what he also referred to as a natural body, and a spiritual body. Notice that he starts the subject by stating "So also is the resurrection of the dead." Let's read about this in 1 Cor 15:42-44." So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body."

And notice what he said about the order of existence from the natural body to the spiritual body. And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 1 Cor 15:45-46. Now let's look at the time that the elect will become spirit. Paul continues to explain on into verses 47-54 that there will be a resurrection when the last trumpet sounds; that is, when the seventh angel sounds the trumpet, and the Messiah returns. We can find the sounding of this seventh trumpet in Rev. 11-15.

Can we find Jesus teaching the same concept as we just found Paul teaching? The fact is that Paul received his information from Jesus as we will see here. We must compare ALL scripture to find the truth because many times we miss the points of scripture because someone has placed a misconception or change the wording on the subject and have not studied the scriptures as they are intended. If we go to John 3:1-12 we see Jesus explaining to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews that he had to be born again. Nicodemus understood that Jesus was talking about a birth in the sense of being born of our mothers.

Notice Jesus told Nicodemus that he could not enter the Kingdom of heaven until he was born again. Notice the very important points in verse six, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." So Jesus is teaching that there are differences between flesh and spirit just as Paul taught years later. When you were born, were you born flesh, or spirit? It's amazing how people put different meanings on life, death, flesh, spirit, and being born when reading the Bible. When the Bible relates to living, it means to be alive, and when it relates to dying, it means to cease to live. When it relates to being born, it means coming into existence; either the existence of a life in the flesh, or the existence of a life in the spirit, which are two different types of existence, and two different types of bodies.

So as Jesus taught that which is spirit is spirit, and that which is flesh is flesh, and years later Paul teaching the same about the type of body we must have before we can enter the Kingdom of God "which is yet to come" would have to be a spiritual body. Let's read more on the subject in 1 Cor 15:47-50. "The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, "we shall" also bear the image of the heavenly Man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption."

Notice two things. One “we shall” denotes the future, and second that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom; we MUST become spirit in order to enter God’s Kingdom as His spiritual "born again" Children. Any educated person in the English language knows there are terms that denote future, present, and past tense indicated by a verb. This is important to note because it shows the act of those going into the kingdom as spirit beings shall happen at the resurrection thus being "born again" as Jesus was after His resurrection.

The scripture that show these facts concerning the resurrection and that the resurrection is when we shall be "born again" is recorded in: 1 Cor 15:20-24: “But now the Messiah is risen from the dead, and has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in the Messiah all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the first-fruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. Then comes the end, when He (Jesus) delivers the kingdom to God the Holy Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

Again let's understand that Jesus taught the same thing when He stated; " "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Also let's add the other statement Jesus conveyed to Nicodemus about those that will become spirit after they are born again; "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." John 3:8.

Question is: Are you flesh or spirit? Can people see you or are you as the wind?

Let’s look at the scripture where the angel Gabriel informed Mary she would "conceive" in her womb a child.

It states in Luke 1:29-32: “But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His Father David.”

The term “Conceive” is what Jesus has done for those that have answered the Holy Father’s calling. When Jesus was placed in the tomb He was not born again till He rose from the dead to live after death. Most are familiar with the scripture in John 3:16 that states…"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The Greek word for “Begotten” here is “monogenes” and means only-born, i.e. only one ever born again. No human has ever been born again except Jesus who also stated that no one has ever gone to heaven except He who came down from heaven – Namely the Son of God! It is recorded in John 3:13; "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.” In other words no one has been born again except Jesus the Son of the Holy Father.

Also let’s look at the important statement recorded in John 1:15-18: that states… “The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared.” Let’s read it for ourselves.  “John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'" And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. “No one has seen God at any time. (The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared.”)

Another scripture that makes this point as well as I Cor 15:50 is recorded in Rom 6:5: that states “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection”

Notice once more the term “shall be” denoting a time in the future.

Born again now?
Some teach that when a person receives Christ as their savior - they are born again, but what does the Holy Bible teach? Has the bible ever taught that you are born again at baptism? Through our research we see throughout the entire book of Acts that there is absolutely no mention of being born again. I use the book of Acts because this is where the beginning of the ministry is recorded. It teaches in many places that we are to repent and be baptized into Jesus, receiving the Holy Spirit, and we are baptized into His death so we should walk in newness of life here and now in the flesh.

There is one scripture in 1Pet. 1:23 that is used by ministers to teach we are now born again, but the words "born again" here in the Greek is anagennao "ana" (again) and, gennao, (to beget) We have found that the Greek word "anagennesis" which means "new birth" never occurs in the New Testament in relation to a spiritual birth here and now! To beget again, (anagennao) means to regenerate, restoration, or to become something new; to change from our former ways and become like Jesus our elder brother, who set the example for us to imitate. Eph 4:22-24.

Some teach that the Holy Spirit is what cause a person to be born again, however the truth is that the Spirit of God does not cause anyone to receive a spiritual birth and continue to be flesh. The question is; Are you Spirit? Can you move around without anyone seeing you” Can you influence things in nature as the wind can or as a spirit ? If it was true that we receive a “spiritual birth” at our baptism and laying on of hands then the scriptures written by the apostle Paul in I Cor. 15:50 would be void of truth as he stated these things from the teachings he received from the Messiah after he was converted.

Remember what Paul taught concerning when we become spirit and what kind of body humans have before the resurrection? The facts are that we have “Mortal” bodies which are flesh and this flesh that we have is corrupt and must die and at the resurrection just before Jesus returns put on incorruption. This flesh has been condemned by the Law and salvation can only come when one whith all their heart accepts Jesus as the Son of God and believing that He became our eternal sacrifice by placing His shed blood on the Holy of Holies in heaven.

Do you sin? Are you weak and can you become injured and even die? You know that is true so that answers the question of being "born again" and the Holy Spirit causing a person to receive a “spiritual birth” now as you are in the flesh. So the answer is that a person is  “in conception” as we find more validation of this in 1 Pet 1:3 that states “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy “has begotten us” again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
 
Being begotten is actually the process of "the regeneration, till the Messiah shall sit on the throne of His glory on this Earth in His kingdom after the resurrection and the change of those bodies who were chosen becoming immortal. Our adoption or to be begotten now in this fleshly state will become an eternal state at the coming resurrection and then those that were chosen will be born again. Is there any person that has salvation now or will it be given when Jesus returns to set up His kingdom? Let’s read what the word of God states about this in Rev 12:10: Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”

Notice the word of God states Now salvation; have come, because He will bring salvation with Him. Who will receive it? Will it be those whom were more righteous than someone else? Or will it be that Jesus will give it to whom He wills? Remember salvation is more because of God's grace and mercy not by works. The good works are a result of conversion (regeneration) rather than being what will determine who will be saved.

The biblical four steps towards salvation are:
                                                             
(1) God's Love, grace, and mercy.
(2) Accepting the Messiah as the Son of God and His shed blood for the remission of sins and the resurrection.
(3) Then our regeneration (Spiritual or moral revival) or to say learning of His ways and working on change.
(4) The final, our eternal change to spirit at the resurrection.

Check out our article titled “What happens after death”

In Jesus’ service
Pray for the Messiah to return soon.
Timothy M. Youngblood 
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