Synopsis of Don’t Be a Child of God in a Single Parent Family.
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Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or what ever is your favorite…. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God. And today’s two slice come from….
JOHN 3:5 Jesus replied, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. 7 So don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again. 8 Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” AND
1st. PETER: “…. for you have been born again. Your new life did not come from your earthly parents because the life they gave you will end in death. But this new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 as the prophet says, “people are like grass that dies away; their beauty fades as quickly as the beauty of wildflowers. The grass withers, and the flowers fall away. 25 but the word of the lord will last forever.” and that word is the good news that was preached to you.”
There is a sense in which human birth does share in a great disaster, because each of us have been born in a sinful nature. It does not take long for parents to discover this sad fact about their “lil darlings.” Yes, we were all born into the “Adam’s Family.” But, that is not the end of the story. The Old Testament is about the generations of Adam.
However, the New Testament (the arrival of Christ on earth) is about the generation of Jesus Christ. WOW! God in His grace started a new family. The first Adam brought sin and condemnation to the human race. But, the second Adam, Jesus Christ, brought righteousness and salvation. That is where theologians get the term “regeneration,” or “born again.”
We fully recognize that children must be born of two natural parents, that is the only way to be born into this world. But God’s children must have two spiritual parents. The verses we read today as “slices of the bread of life,” told us so. John 3:5 said that we must be born of “water” and of “spirit.”
Lets examine that phrase. The phrase “born of water” does not mean water baptism because the Bible associates water baptism with death. That’s right, death of the sin life. Baptism is important as a testimony or witness or authentication of what God has done for us but it does not save us from sin. Born of water, or sometimes referred to as “born of flesh,” speaks of being born in the natural, in water. Recall the bursting forth from the water bag? The baby is born in water.
John said we were to be born of water, that’s the natural birth, and then he said we were to be born of the spirit. This marvelous spiritual birth can only come from God. The Greek word for “again” also means “from above.” Therefore we are to be born of “water,” (natural birth); and we are to be “born from above.” But I want to also look at something else he said about our spiritual birth. Lets look at what Peter said in his epistle. 1st Peter 1:23. Where he quoted the prophets of old: “people are like grass that dies away; their beauty fades as quickly as the beauty of wildflowers. The grass withers, and the flowers fall away. 25 but the Word of the Lord will last forever.” O.K., so, the miracle of the new birth takes place when the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit), applies the Word of God, the Bible.
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