03 December 2020

A Few Thoughts about Rebirth

This refers to the new creation of a believer.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Galatians 6:15 NIV Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.

Salvation, reconciliation with God, forgiveness of sins, a hope and future in the Kingdom of God, etc. is only though grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.

Creation in the Bible is to have something out of nothing, a causing to exist what was not.

The old creation (if we can name it that)

B1 Material. This would include atoms and such. See Colossians 1:16-17.

B2 Good. God examined and judged creation to be good. See Genesis 1:31.

B3 Took 6 days then had 1 day of rest. See Exodus 20:11.

B4 The universe became contaminated by sin. If a world class painter completes a masterpiece. People are in awe of the quality of execution of the piece, design, composition, and technique. It is admired by all. Someone then comes and slices part of the canvas or spray paints a few spots on it. Even though it might be small, it is ruined. It is no longer perfect. One seemingly small sin (eating a piece of fruit) ruined God’s creation. Adam was warned. He knew and understood what God wanted. There was no need for Adam to eat that fruit willfully and deliberately. Adam did not believe God (that there would be punishment). Adam was not loyal to God (disobedience). Adam thought God would not know (foolishness). It had results—death.

C1 Physical—living things and become compost. Everything loses perfection as time advances.

C2 Spiritual—loss of fellowship with God. Humans became alienated and enemies of God. Romans 5:10.

C3 Soul—sin in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. This is putting ourselves first. Though there may be altruism, the basic condition is me first. Original sin is not inheriting Adam’s sin and its penalty, but rather acquiring a sin nature. Adam and Eve were no longer perfect and sinless, which means they could not have a child who was perfect and sinless.

D1 James 3:16 NRSV For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.

D2 1 Corinthians 14:33 NRSV for God is a God not of disorder but of peace. (As in all the churches of the saints.

D3 Galatians 5:19-21 EMTV Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are: adultery, fornication, immorality, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envies, murders, drinking bouts, revelries, and the like; which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The punishment for sin is death.

B1 Adam died. Genesis 5:5 MKJV And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years. And he died.

B2 So all humans do. Hebrews 9:27 EMTV And just as it is appointed for men once to die, and after this judgment.

There is a need for and bestowing a New Creation

B1 That is God’s desire, and why He sent Yeshua, God the Son, to be the Savior. See: 31 Reasons Why Christ Came

B2 Reform is nice but not does pay the penalty for our sins. The entire being of every human is corrupt and unable to seek God. There is no hope, no future good, no peace. There is just the haunting sense of impending doom and fear of death. See Romans 3:10-18.

B3 God wants people to repent—all people. (John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 5:8, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 1 Timothy 4:10, etc.)

B4 God initiates salvation by convicting them of their sin and opening their understanding. See Acts 16:14 and John 16:8.

B5 At that point, each individual has been enabled by God’s power to believe or not believe, to resist or not resist. Compare Acts 26:14, Acts 7:51, Titus 5:19.

B6 The new creation cannot be given by our efforts as for example keeping God’s laws. See Galatians 6:15.

B7 When someone believes, they receive forgiveness of sins, adoption by God, reconciliation, and a hope for the future. All this because of God’s love, mercy, and grace. He decrees that by freely believing one can receive all this. See Galatians 3:26-29.

B8 Everything is new in the heart (soul and spirit). See Romans 6:6-14.

B9 Eventually, we will have a new body as well. See Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Corinthians 15:44, and 1 Corinthians 15:51-57. Compare John 20:19.

B10 Eventually, we will have a new earth, heaven, environment, etc. See Isaiah 65:8, Isaiah 66:17, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:4, and Luke 20:36.

B11 This is why we must live a new life. Ephesians 4:24-32 NLT Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.

26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,

27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

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