“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
God’s Word + Faith = New Birth
“Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3: 3
“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, Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1: 10-14
When the angel, Gabriel appeared to Mary, he came with God’s “Word”. She was to become the dwelling place for God’s only begotten Son- Jesus Christ. Mary was a virgin and did not know how this could be possible. All the prophets born had an earthly father. What the angel was telling Mary was that God Himself would be the Father. This was beyond Mary’s comprehension, but she believed and accepted “His Word”. The moment she believed, God’s Son- Jesus Christ was conceived not only in her womb but in her heart. If she had not believed she would not have been the dwelling place of the “One” who had left heaven to dwell with mankind. But because God knows all things, He knew she would.
Jesus is the seed that left heaven to penetrate our heart with the “Truth”. The soil or the heart that receives the seed is the dwelling place for its development. Every seed contains its own predestination purposed by God (Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:29). A seed that comes from a fig tree can only develop into a fig tree and produce fruit. So it was with the seed that was sown in Mary’s womb – predestined to develop into the “Son of God”.
Just as Mary received God’s Son and saw the evidence of her faith through His birth, we also, are called to be the dwelling place for God’s Son. As He abides with us and we with Him, He manifests Himself in our life (John 15:4 1:27). Our flawed nature (dna) changes into God’s divine nature (DNA) which is predisposed and predestined to develop into His image (Genesis 1:27). God’s divine nature begins to mesh with our sinful nature until our sinful nature is less recognized as we yield to Him (Ephesians 5:18). Just as every seed that God has created is predestined to become what He has purposed, so has He predestined everyone who “Believes” to become His child.
Our part is to believe and receive. His part is to transform us through the work of His Holy Spirit. The soil that is cultivated by a repentant, receptive and believing heart is the heart that is covered by Christ’s blood. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22). When we receive God’s plan (Word) for reconciliation to Himself a “Holy” God, the “Seed of Truth” will not lay dormant but grow up reaching into heaven and into eternal life. Just as the womb must be covered with blood in order to receive the implant of the father’s seed meshed with the mother’s seed, thus does it occur, spiritually.
So how does one become born again? How does one leave the dominion of this world and enter God’s Kingdom?
It is “only” through faith in God’s “Only” begotten Son who shed His blood and paid the penalty for our sins. There is only one path to birth, and one birth canal that leads to eternal life – “Jesus is that path ++++++++++++ and the father waits eagerly to “Deliver”. (John 3:16)
“The TRUTH which is conceived in the heart through faith will develop into a “new understanding” of the divine perception, transforming into the very nature of God. DF
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Merry Christmas and a Blessed “2021” New Year!