The School of Tyrannus Lesson 01 Being Born Again and It’s True Meaning By R.S.

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We are going to start here in John, Chapter 3 and we are going to talk about born again. Now to understand what born again is. You have to understand what you were. One of the places we read about what it is we are apart from Christ is in Romans Chapter 5. You see in verse 6 of chapter 5: Romans; Chapter 5; Verse 6: At just the Right time when we were still powerless That’s one of the first things you are going to have to understand. Apart from Christ we are powerless. We are powerless, we can’t change ourselves. Romans; Chapter 5; Verse 6: At just the Right time when we were still powerless Christ died for the ungodly. One of the things we all have to accept about ourselves: that apart from Christ we are ungodly. Our
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natural selves are ungodly. All those born of Adam are by nature ungodly because we were born into Adam’s sin. Ungodly means that we are cutoff from God. The natural man is cutoff from God. Romans; Chapter 5; Verse 6-8: At just the Right time when we were still powerless Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Now that “Us” and Paul includes himself in it: We were all ungodly. We were sinners. And he goes on to tell us in verse 12. Romans; Chapter 5; Verse 12-14: Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned - for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, You see even those who didn’t sin by breaking a command, so it wasn’t just those that did an act of sinfulness. This shows us that our sinfulness wasn’t just about an act, but it’s about a corrupt nature. A
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corrupt nature that produce sinful acts. Judge by the law we are still considered sinners. Romans; Chapter 5; Verse 16: Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. Jesus’ death brings us justification. Romans; Chapter 5; Verse 17-18: For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. Now I want you to remember that “Brings Life”. See this is the essence of being born again, Bringing to us the life of Christ in place of the life of Adam. That’s born again!

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Romans; Chapter 5; Verse 19: For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, So just as one act of sin brought us death and this is why men die so one act of righteousness brings us life though Jesus. Romans; Chapter 5; Verse 19: so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. And will be made. You can’t make yourself righteous, you were powerless. Remember what it said? God has to make you righteous. Well this is the essence of what we’re going to get at, at what born again means. To be made righteous, to bring us power. To be made righteous when we’re sinners. To bring us power when we’re powerless. In this before we go into John Chapter 3, I want to go into John chapter 1. Because it equates this righteousness and this power with Christ. Where we were sinners and powerless and condemned. It tell us in the beginning was the word. John; Chapter 1; Verse 1-4: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
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was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, Not Adam. John; Chapter 1; Verse 4-5: and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. He goes on to tell us in verse 10. John; Chapter 1; Verse 10-12: He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God He gives you that power. You don’t have that of yourself. John; Chapter 1; Verse 13: children born not of natural descent, In other word of flush, of Adam. John; Chapter 1; Verse 13: nor of human decision

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No man decided you were going to be born. You’re born of God. John; Chapter 1; Verse 13: or a husband's will, but born of God. No body’s husband decided you were going to be born of the spirit, but you born of God. You’re born of God! And what we are going to talk about here this new birth. So he is telling Nicodemus about this. I want you to remember these things. These important bottom line understanding. 1) You are a sinner. 2) You were powerless. 3) In Jesus was the life, and in you was not. 4) You were condemned in Adam. 5) All born in Adam were born into sin. We have just read that! 6) Yet to all those that received him, Jesus, to those that believe in name he gave the power to become the children of God. 7) In Christ we receive power, and in Christ we receive righteousness, and in Christ we receive a new life. Born of God and not of men! Before where you had been born of Adam, now you must be born of Christ.
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With that basically in place we can go read what he said to Nicodemus. John; Chapter 3; Verse 1-2: Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." Now I want you to see this Nicodemus. Let’s explain a little bit. Nicodemus was a Pharisees. He was a member of the Jewish ruling cancel. He is a member of what they call the Sanhedrin. He came to Jesus at night. Now why did he come to Jesus at night? Because the Pharisees didn’t like Jesus! To them Jesus was this revolutionary, somebody who is on the outside of them going around and stirring up the people ageist them. That’s the way they viewed Jesus. But Nicodemus was genuinely curious about him. So he came by night so none of the other Pharisees would see him with Jesus. That was important! Where ever Jesus was and the Pharisees showed up he would speak to them only in parables. He would not speak to them plainly. It could be that Nicodemus thought that getting him alone, coming alone to him, maybe Jesus would speak to him plainly. So you see how he

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approached Jesus. He said we know Rabbi, teacher, he gave him respect. John; Chapter 3; Verse 2: we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." Now notes the way he come to Jesus. When he says we know, what we is he speaking of. He’s not speaking of the other Pharisees. He came by night; he didn’t want to be seen by the other Pharisees. And the Pharisees knew nothing of the kind. As a matter of fact you see when they convicted Jesus the only ones that spook up for him was Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus the only ones of the whole cancel. And even then Nicodemus did it in an offhanded way. He didn’t actually stick up for he, he just question why they are doing this to him. No! When he was saying we know that you come from God he wasn’t speaking of the other Pharisees. He was speaking of the only two people that where there. Him and Jesus! Jesus, we know, you and me know you’re came from God. You see the attitude. Jesus we know you’re come from God. Cause no one could do these signs your doing unless God was with him, and what he’s expecting is Jesus to slap him on the back and say well you’re a good teacher too Nicodemus. But that’s not what he

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got! Now I want you to see what Jesus says next is a direct answer to what Nicodemus has just said. John; Chapter 3; Verse 2-3: He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." Now what’s he telling Nicodemus. Nicodemus is saying we know you come from God. I know Jesus you come from God. What’s Jesus telling him? No you don’t Nicodemus! You have to be born again to know that. No you don’t, you have to be born again to know that. Listen to what he said. John; Chapter 3; Verse 3: "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." Nicodemus said I know you came from God because of these miracles, and Jesus saying no you don’t, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he’s born again. This catches Nicodemus off balance.

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John; Chapter 3; Verse 4: "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter Now listen to what he says very carefully. John; "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus is talking to him about being born according to the spirit, and Nicodemus is thinking physical. He doesn’t know about spiritual birth. He’s thinking about another physical birth into his mother’s womb. John; Chapter 3; Verse 5-7: Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' Now what’s he telling hem here, what’s Jesus telling him? Nicodemus says can a man go into his mother womb a second time and be born. Jesus said no, unless a man is born of water and the spirit. In other words, not water only. Born of water is exactly what Nicodemus was referring to. In your mother’s water
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sack, in her womb. That what born of water means, a physical birth! But Jesus saying, no, it’s not another physical birth Nicodemus. It’s a physical birth and a spiritual birth. First you’re born physical and then you’re born spiritually. That witch is born of flush is flush, but that witch is born of spirit is spirit. You must be born again. John; Chapter 3; Verse 5: "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. A lot of people are going to try to tell you that this born of water is baptism. It’s not! This born of water is your first birth. You can’t just be born physical twice is what Jesus is saying. You have to be born physical once and spiritual once. So in going on here! Nicodemus says how this be? Now listen to what Jesus says! John; Chapter 3; Verse 7: You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' Now listen to what he says real closely and you going to see something wonderful here. John; Chapter 3; Verse 8: The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you

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cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." Now what did he just tell Nicodemus. He’s answering his question still. Nicodemus says we know you come from God because no one could do these signs your doing, and he says no you don’t Nicodemus you have to be born again to know that and that the way with everyone that born of the spirit. John; Chapter 3; Verse 8: The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." You can’t look of the spirit and tell where they came from or where there going. Now this is an interesting point. We are going to read John chapter 6 and Jesus say this same thing. In John chapter 6 after he feed the five thousand with the five loves of barley and two fish. He tells them; John; Chapter 6; Verse 27: Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

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And then he starts to compare himself to the manna that came from heaven. He said that your fathers ate of manna in the wilderness and they died, but I’m the true bread of heaven, eat of me and you’ll never die. And they didn’t get it! John; Chapter 6; Verse 35-38: Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven O wait I thought Jesus was the man from Nazareth! Wait hold on! John; Chapter 6; Verse 38-40: For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, There’s that new life, there’s that new power we were talking about!

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John; Chapter 6; Verse 40-42: and I will raise him up at the last day." At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, "I came down from heaven'?" You see it, isn’t that what he just told Nicodemus? John; Chapter 3; Verse 8: The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. See they thought they knew who Jesus was! This is the son of Joseph, the son of Mary, the carpenter’s son. What does he mean he comes from heaven? In a later chapter, in chapter 8 you’ll see that he says where I’m going you can’t follow. They say what does he mean we don’t know where he comes from? What does he mean where he’s going we can’t follow? What is he going to kill himself? They didn’t get it! Cause they didn’t know him! They only seen him as the man from Nazareth! They only seen him as a man! What is Nicodemus seeing here? Born physical twice! He only seeing man, he’s not seeing spirit! He’s only seeing physical, he’s not seeing spiritual. They thought Jesus was the guy from Nazareth, but Jesus isn’t the guy from Nazareth he’s the guy from heaven! And this is what he’s telling Nicodemus! No you don’t know
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where I come from! You can’t know! You don’t know I’m from God. You have to be born again to know that! Because those who are born again, listen to what he says! John; Chapter 3; Verse 8: The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. Just like the Pharisees couldn’t tell where Jesus come from! Just like Nicodemus couldn’t tell where Jesus come from! And so it is with you! Who is no longer born of the flush of the will of a husband, or a will of man, but born of God! So it is with everyone born of the spirit. The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. And that Jesus is! Where I come from you don’t know, and where I’m going you can’t follow. Where he came from was from heaven, and where he went back to was with his father, with God. John; Chapter 3; Verse 8-11: The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked. "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know,
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Now Jesus has a wee of his own! Remember how Nicodemus before said Jesus we know you come from God! We know, level with me Jesus, we know you come from God. Cause no one could be doing these signs your doing unless God was with him! Now Jesus uses a we! But he’s not speaking of him and Nicodemus. He saying we, speaking of him and the father, cause they speak as one. John; Chapter 3; Verse 11-14: we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven - the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, Lets deal with the first part first! No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven. Jesus isn’t the man from Nazareth as they supposed. He’s not just the son of Mary and Joseph the carpenter. He’s the man from heaven, sent from God. He was with God in the beginning. It tells us in Philippians 2 that he humbled himself. And we should take the attitude of Christ who humbled himself. Who being in very nature God. Humbled himself to take on
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himself to take on the form as a servant. He didn’t consider equality with God something to grasp. But humbled himself before his father! Took on the form of a servant and came down here. And this is why Jesus tell the father when he prays in John chapter 17 glorify me now father with the glory I had with you in the beginning. Jesus is by very nature God! He’s God reveled in the flush! He’s not the man from Nazareth, he’s the man from heaven, and now you’re born of him! Born of God! Can you see it? That’s the promises of our born again! That’s the promises of our inheritance. That we would be sons of God! The born again isn’t just what we have now though faith though Jesus’ death and resurrection. The born again is not just what we have now though faith. It is the resurrection of the dead. It is this adoption of sons. Now we are going to have to deal with the fact. That in order this experience of being born again! In order to bring this new life! This heavenly life! Jesus had to die in our place to pay the law! And this is what we’re getting to next in here John chapter 3. John; Chapter 3; Verse 13-14: No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

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And this is what he’s speaking of! A long ago while they were in the wilderness the people disobeyed God, and God sent snakes, fiery serpents to bit them, so that many of them died it says. And as this plague was upon Israel and many was dyeing from the fiery serpents. Moses prayed to God, and God told him for the people. Make a copy of those serpents, a brazing serpent and set it up on a pole. And take that pole and set it up, and everyone that looks upon that brazing serpent on the pole will live. And that what happen! That plague was stayed! So that the fiery serpents quit biting them and the people quit dyeing! Well those fiery serpents Jesus is telling you here are a figure for sin, and Jesus became in the likeness of sinful flush. He looked like a sinner! Get it! He became a curse for us! He is that brazing serpent put on the pole! Get it! He became a curse for us! Lifted up and all how look to him will live! Well Jesus was lifted op on the cross. Jesus was lifted op on the cross and all that look at that sacrifice will live. Will find eternal life! And this is what he tilling him. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness! John; Chapter 3; Verse 14-15: so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. As those people were literally healed, Jesus brings us eternal healing, the resurrection of the dead! See
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eternal life is what we’re concentrating on! This is what the new birth is about; now don’t let anyone mislead you! Because it’s about eternal life! It’s not just to be born again now of the spirit, but your body redeemed as well! The salvation of your soul! This is what you’re in this for! I wan to take you to Romans chapter 8, and we’re going to talk about this a little more! So you can see that our adaption as sons is not just the born again experience, but the fullness of being born again is the resurrection of the dead, because it’s that we may have eternal life! Not just life here, but eternal life! In Romans chapter 8 we’re told this; Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 12-15: Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit And that what you have now! The Holy Spirit is come into you to quicken you! Right! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 15: For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear,
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but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." Now that’s the way it is now! Right! That’s the spirit of adoption, as it says in Galatians chapter 4, the spiritual sonship where by we cry Abba father! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 16-17: The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, Let me ask you! Does an heir have it now? Or are they standing in promise for it? Does a heir have their inheritance now? Or are they standing in promise for it? It’s promise to them that they will receive it! Right! But they don’t have it right now! So an heir is standing in waiting in promise! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 17: The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. If you share in his sufferings! You see that! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 18: I consider that our present sufferings
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Because we’re presently just heirs! Right! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 18: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. That the born again glory! When will that glory be reveled in us? The resurrection of the dead! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 18-19: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. Now this is what you got to see! This world is like a womb! As a baby is being formed in darkness it’s not fully a child until it’s born! Is it! It’s the promise of a child when it’s in the womb! When it breaks the matrix of the womb and comes out fully formed! Then it’s a child! Full! Right! But until it actually comes out it’s the promise of a child that will be! Isn’t it! Well all of creation is this womb, and we are the children of God in that womb! And when will we be reveled! The creation waits in eager expectation just like a mother! Just like a mother this world, the physical waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.

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Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 20: For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope Can you see that that is just like a pregnant woman? It wasn’t the woman’s choice to be pregnant! She was subjected by her husband. Right! To that frustration of being pregnant! In the hope! In the same way this world was subjected to frustration! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 20-21: not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay That the resurrection? Isn’t it! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 21: and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. So we know, and here’s the repartition of that figure! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 22: We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of child birth right up to the present time! See the world is groaning in those pains of child birth; for what? The reviling of the sons of God though
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the resurrection of the dead! This world is pregnant with the sons of God! Now you going to have start to see this, this is what the birth pains are about! For the children of God to be born and the great travail, the labor when it finely arrives when the birth pains have gotten so close together, that is the great tribulation that comes upon the whole earth! And it’s for the reveling of the children of God! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 23: Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, See we have it now by faith! But we’re still waiting for it! We grown inwardly in the spirit as we wait for our adoption as sons! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 23-25: the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Can you see that’s our born again! The resurrection of the dead! The adoption of sons is the resurrection of the dead, is the redemption of our bodies! So this is born again! This is what Jesus is telling Nicodemus! Isn’t it! You must be born again!

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Just as you spent time in your mother’s womb to be born physical, and Nicodemus acknowledged that! Your not going back into your mother’s womb! You’re coming out of this one into the light of the spirit though the resurrection of the dead! You see how that all fits together? Unless you’re born of water and the spirit, you got to come out of two wombs. You got to come out of your mother and out of the womb of this earth into the resurrection. Out of the womb of this flush into the resurrection! That’s born again! Not just your spirit but you body! Now in 1st Peter chapter 1, starting in verse 3. 1st Peter; Chapter 1; Verse 3: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, So you’re given birth into a living hope, but remember what Romans chapter 8 said about hope! Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 24: hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? Now compare those two things! You were given new birth into a living hope! The hope is the resurrection of the dead! As it says in Romans chapter 8: the adoption of sons is the redemption of the body!
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were given new birth into a living hope! But is says that a: Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 24-25: hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it How? Romans; Chapter 8; Verse 25: patiently. Can you see that? That’s being born again! A new birth into a living hope! What you have now you have by faith! You’ll have the resurrection though faith! Alright, so as we go on! 1st Peter; Chapter 1; Verse 3: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, See the living hope doesn’t come though just Jesus dyeing, but also though his resurrection! Which shows; that you must follow the same suit! You must follow the same suit! The:

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1st Peter; Chapter 1; Verse 4-5: new hope birthed into a living hope comes though his resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until: Until what? 1st Peter; Chapter 1; Verse 5: until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. But wait I thought we were already saved! No! Were saved by faith! We’re waiting for the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. That is the resurrection! 1st Peter; Chapter 1; Verse 6-7: In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. That’s at his second coming! Remember that we read earlier in 1st Thessalonians chapter 4 that when Jesus comes he brings the dead in Christ with him! At

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Jesus’ coming, when Jesus Christ is revealed, we’ll receive this salvation! 1st Peter; Chapter 1; Verse 8: Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him Faith! 1st Peter; Chapter 1; Verse 8-9: and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. You’re receiving! Can you see that! It all comes down to that new birth into a living hope! So born again is the resurrection of the dead, and we have it now though faith!

God bless you... R.S. Neaville

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