As I ended the 2nd January 15 post, I told you that I would continue the subject of our beginning in Jesus by sharing some scriptures that “relate to or describe” what happened to you that moment you were born again. There are more of those scriptures than most people would think – so I can’t bring in all of them on this post today, but I will try to make a good start on it – okay?
When you were born again – a new dimension was added to your life. That new dimension being the capacity to know and fellowship with God. This fellowship is the desire of His heart for you and I – and the reason we were created. In this new birth that took place when you received Jesus – His life, even that same life that came from God the Father – overshadowed and enveloped you, came into your spirit – producing the new birth. That’s what the bible calls being “born again.” (I Peter 1:23; John 3:1-8). This brought you into a “living relationship” with God. That is why Jesus (in I Timothy 2:5) is called “the mediator between God and men.” Thank you Jesus!
Our interaction/relationship/fellowship with God and His Son Jesus Christ began in the spirit – and that is where God tells us in Galatians 3:3 that it not only started there, but we are foolish to think we can continue by just obtaining head knowledge of Him. WHY? Man’s head knowledge is in the flesh (natural) man as opposed to what we can hear and know by what God shows us by the Spirit. In addition to that, I Corinthians 2:14 tells us that “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God because those things are foolishness to him/his understanding – neither can he know them because they are “spiritually discerned.”
Our relationship with God began in the spirit and that is where it will continue – and “flow out into our natural mind from.” And, YES, it will have effect on the whole of our being – because we are a triune being – spirit, soul, and body (I Thessalonians 5:23); and just like what happens to one of your body parts , such as a broken leg or back will have some effect on the other members of your body – even so, the rest of our being beyond just our spirit will be affected somewhat by our new relationship with God when we are born again. But the degree to which you or I will be overall affected by this new relationship will depend on what we choose to do with this incredible thing that has happened to us. Please don’t be offended – but it’s going to take more than just sitting on a church pew to go on with God. We have been given the privilege, right, and capacity – John 1:12 says – to go on and progressively get to know God the Father, our Creator and Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. That privelege comes with being born again – and although I could have done better with what has been given to me in this, yet I can honestly tell you that – there is no amount of money or earthly prestige that I would trade this relationship for!. Now you decide what it’s worth to you – because that is what each one of us will sooner or later do.
Even before you or I received Jesus, we were already spirit, soul, and physical body – but there was nothing “alive” or “working” in our spirit that we could know God – until we “bowed the knee” and asked Jesus to forgive our sins and come into our life. Then we were born again. That was the whole point in His coming to earth – to give all men the opportunity to get reconnected to God – get that light back on in man’s spirit!
Proverbs 20:27 says that “the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord” … Psalm 18:28 goes on to say that God will light our candle – and in so doing, He lights up the darkness that has been there.
The more that we understand these things that pertain to the new birth, the more we will be able to begin to understand many other things about God – and about our relationship with Him while we live on the earth. I hope you will return to check out the next post and in the meantime that you will be looking in God’s word and asking questions yourself to God – as He loves to share and interact with us.