Sep 21 2008

Born of God

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In years past we have written on the triple birth as it affects the spirit, soul, and body, that is, the birth of the spirit, the birth of the soul, and the birth of the changed body…born of the Spirit, born of the Word, and born of God. But the truth is ever expanding in other glorious facets of understanding, so at this time let us consider together what it means to be born of God as it relates to time elements.

We shall begin with Eph. 1: 4-5, “According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children (son placing) by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” The first thing to establish is the pre-existence of the sons of God, and I do not mean re-incarnation. Re-incarnation is a rebirth from one body into another, or a propagation of the flesh life from one lifetime into another lifetime. Re-incarnation has its roots in the teachings of the eastern peoples of the earth, so leave it there, for it is not a truth for Israel nor a truth of any race who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and partakes of the blessings of Israel.

Now, what about pre-existence? And how does it differ from re-incarnation? Pre-existence is simply this, that we pre-existed in spirit form with the Father before the foundation of the earth. As the above scripture states, we were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world, and how could people be chosen in Him if they did not already exist in Him? Of course, the old argument is that God knew us by foreknowledge, which is very true, but consider that word FOREKNOWLEDGE. It is combined of two word elements, one FORE which means beforehand, and, two, KNOWLEDGE which in the Greek means KNOWLEDGE by EXPERIENCE. Therefore, God knew us experientially before the foundation of the world. And, if we were not in existence, then He could not possibly foreknow us by experience. “For whom He did FOREKNOW, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Also note, Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren, and He Himself pre-existed before the foundation of the world. His beginning was not in the manger as a tiny babe, but He was generated out of the Father as the Living Word or Logos long before His advent into the earth, and if He was and is the firstborn among many brethren, then they also are following the same pattern that they might be conformed to the image of His son.

Consider God’s questions to Job: “WHERE wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?.. When the morning stars sang together , and ALL THE SONS OF GOD shouted for joy? Job 38: 4-7 God simply asks Job WHERE he was at that time of the earth’s foundations, He did not say Job did not exist. Furthermore if ALL the sons of God shouted for joy when the earth’s foundations were laid, then ALL the sons of God had to be there, not one was missing. We talk about becoming a son of God, but in the strictest sense this is a mis-statement. We are becoming mature sons of God, being matured by the processing of God in our lives, but we are sons (though yet underage) because we were generated or born as sons. As such, we were born or generated of God in ages past before the earth had a beginning. We sat in counsel with God at the creation and shouted for joy as we looked ahead to fulfilling God’s great purpose and plan.

To begin with, God was all in Himself. Then He began to generate out of Himself as a Father, for He was interested in bringing forth the Elohim. ELOHIM is the Hebrew word for God and is translated GOD in the majority of cases, but the word is not singular but plural. Thus God or Elohim is not one but many. Where it is stated, Ye are gods,” the same word ELOHIM is used. Or in other words, “Ye are ELOHIM.” This sounds like blasphemy to many, but when this truth is balanced with other truths, it becomes all precious and wonderful. It is not a cause for self exaltation by any means, but the real truth of it will cause humility to be worked in you. Therefore, being generated out of EL (singular for God) we become the ELOHIM (plural). How can God bring to birth out of Himself sons without those sons also being gods? Humbly consider this, and you will find a deep response from your spirit that says, ‘Amen.” Thus, ELOHIM is a family, even the family of God or the God-family with Jesus Christ being the firstborn among many brethren. Thus it is that the first part of being born of God began in ages past, but the beginning is not the ending.

The second part of being born of God has to do with our entrance into this world in a body of flesh. This birth is not an ordinary birth for the sons of God, but it is the lowering into this dense body and this dense atmosphere whereby even the mind is veiled over to hide our past identity. Thus it is we no longer know who we were, and thereby know not who we are, and it eventuates we know not where we are going, that is, until the Spirit of the Lord begins to remove the veil that we might remember all things.

John 1: 12-13 states, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God,, even to them that believe on His Name: (now note the manner of their birth) which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” There are three things said concerning the sons’ birth. First, the sons of God we born not of blood, and literally the Greek says BLOODS. The blood of the father and mother has nothing whatsoever to do with their natural birth. It is a scientific fact that an unfertile egg has no blood in it, but when it is fertilized, there is blood. In conception it takes the uniting of the male sperm with the female ova to produce blood, and the baby from this builds its own blood supply. Yet in this birth of the sons of God blood has nothing to do with it; it is separate and distinct from human blood and is a supernatural conception by the Spirit of God.

Another point which is interesting is this: We may speak of being born of the blood of the Lamb, but this is not altogether true. The blood of Christ Jesus was shed for the forgiveness of sins, the remission thereof, but it is not connected with our birth. We are born of incorruptible seed, by the Word of God that liveth and abideth forever. This is not a downgrading of the precious blood of Christ but simply understanding its efficacious work in forgiveness, not birth. So it is we are not born of blood or bloods even in our entrance into this world.

Second, we are not born of the will, desire, determination of the flesh, or the outer man. The will of the flesh has nothing to do with the birth of God’s sons into this earth. Their conception and birth is by the decree of God and not the will or desire of the flesh. Thus it is not a fleshly conception and birth.

Third, neither are they born of the will of man, and this word for MAN in the Greek is HUSBAND. Thus it is not the determination of the husband that produces the sons of God, but it is the determinate counsel of God that brings it to pass. These sons are born of “holy seed”, seed which God has reserved. And, though as yet I have not had a full confirmation of it, I feel that such sons are born out of the spirit of the man rather from the flesh—if indeed man has any part in such a birth. This is why one particular child in a family will be so vastly different than the rest and with a sovereign touch of God upon such a life that cannot be thwarted. Though that child wander, still God will only let it go so far, and God then sovereignly brings it back into line with His sovereign will.

What has been here written is not for exploitation to the liberty of the flesh, for God surely intends that marriage should be honorable and holy in His sight. Such truths can be perverted by the unlearned and unenlightened who wrest such truths from the proper setting. So take what is written herein into sober consideration. To be born into this world, born of God, is a sovereign act of a sovereign God.

The third part of being born of God is described in Acts 13:33, “God hath fulfilled the same unto their children, in that He hath raised up Jesus again, as it is also written in the second Psalm, Thou art My SON, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE.” This verse plainly tells us that Jesus was begotten or born of God when He was raised from the dead, or when He came into a changed body. The fulness of the birth of God comes at the changing of the physical being into a redeemed body.

In this present body we are groaning, and in this present body of density and humility we are being prepared, refined, and made ready for what lies just ahead. How we long to get out of this condition, and yet these very pressures and the battles with and in the body are working for us an exceeding and eonian weight of glory. In our blindness we ask WHY? But as the veil is atremble and we begin to see the purpose of God in even a minute portion, we can thank God for what is taking place. We came into this lowering of our own volition knowing that we would be returned again to the former glory with much added glory being given due to the victorious work of Christ in each one of us as we are pressed out of measure.

Furthermore, the glory of the redeemed body will be determined by what God has done in us through the rigorous time of testing. How much of the base nature is removed and overcome will regulate how much glory will be revealed in that changed body. Sovereignly God works in each of us, putting pressure just exactly where it is needed for perfection, and in all of this we recognize that our redemption is drawing near.

Then when the body comes into redemption at the appearing of Jesus to each of us, then will come to pass the reality of “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sins; for his seed remaineth in him, and he CANNOT SIN, because he is born of God.” I John 3:9 Also, “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God KEEPETH HIMSELF, and that wicked one TOUCHETH HIM NOT.” I John 5:18. Who yet can say that he cannot sin? We have looked at these scriptures and wondered at the meaning, but it becomes clear when we realize we are in the process of being born of God, and that birth will not be complete until we come into that changed, “metamorphosized” body. Then will begin the manifestation of the sons of God for which all creation is groaning.

In summation: In ages past we were born of God even before the foundation of the world, in the age now present we are born of God into this world and lowered estate, and in the age to be into which we are now entering we shall be fully born of God and will be manifested in a redeemed body to the glory of God. We feel like the Psalmist when he said, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me!” This glorious plan of God is so comprehensive and marvelous that the natural mind staggers at it, but the renewed mind and spirit cry out, “So be it!”

Norene C. Nichols

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  1. Mike Walshon 11 Apr 2009 at 2:30 pm

    What an outstandin excellent post! Comfirming some of what I knew or suspected while at the same time opening up new {for me} at least realms of enlightenment. Thank You

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