Thelma Galbraith - Born Again - April 29, 1990

John 3:1, “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.” Verse 3, “Jesus said unto him, 'Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'  Nicodemus saith unto him, 'How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born'”?  Verse 6, Jesus said, “…That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, 'Ye must be born again.'”  Verse 9, “How can these things be?”

 

Jesus is talking to a man who knows and practices the law, the Ten Commandments.  He's not an ignorant man, but a ruler in the synagogue.

 

We are flesh, the children of man, but that which is born of the Spirit is spirit - a different birth.  With human life, we've been given time and certain abilities, but the flesh, or what we are by nature, cannot enter heaven.  We must be born again.  There are no exceptions.

 

How can I be born again?  It has to happen if I'm to inherit the kingdom.

 

Thelma told the story of a little girl who dressed up a cat in a baby bonnet, dress, etc. and pushed it about in a doll carriage.  The cat was content to stay in the carriage until a dog or another cat came along, then it was soon up a tree, doll's dress and all, because it's still a cat!!

 

There are four types of children in the Bible.

 

Matthew 13, speaks of the children of God and children of the wicked one, or as in 1 John 3, the children of the devil.

Luke 20:38, the children of the world, “For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living:  for all live unto Him.”

Ephesians 2:2, the children of disobedience, or children of men - “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.”

 

The children of God received good seed into their hearts.  Others also received seed, but became children of the wicked one.  Children of the world serve the world, just eating, drinking, making merry, and enjoying the pleasures of the world.  The children of disobedience are controlled by the prince of the power of the air.  They refuse to obey the truth even though they know all about the fellowship, the way and the truth.  They have allowed Satan to influence them.  Children of the wicked one are not necessarily wicked.  They pray and have a form of worship, but Satan has deceived them into worshipping falsely.

 

Anyone who is born again has the character, nature and appetite of those we read of in the Bible.  Born of the Spirit is a work of God, a miracle.  Divine life is God-given.  We need to find that which comes from God.  John 1:12-13, “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”  As many as received Jesus, His life and teachings, to them He gave power to become children of God.  It's not of blood, that is, I'm not born naturally a child of God.  It's not of the will of the flesh, that is, we could sit and desire to be a child of God, but it won't change me and make me a child of God.  It's not of the will of man; someone could preach to me, but that doesn't make me a child of God.  It's a work of God

 

So, then, what are the characteristics of a child of God?  Ephesians 2:19-22, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

 

The foundation is the true ministry.  No more strangers--children of God belong in the household of God, and are built upon the foundation through the Spirit.  We have a foundation of truths, not suppositions, opinions, doctrines of men.  The Children of God are of the foundation of truths of the ministry like Jesus sent forth.  The Children of God are in line with the truths Jesus taught--a building that groweth. The experience of every child of God lines up with the ministry and teachings of God and are bound together, men and women believing and following the teachings of Jesus and united, enjoying fellowship one with another.  It growth unto a temple, other men and women united, not alone.  God dwells in the hearts of these men and women by the Spirit.  Children of God can't believe or worship in any other way than that which Jesus taught, can't pay or hire a minister, and can't worship in the church down the street.  They follow the scripture.  They are the temple.  They are taught by the Spirit.  They are not dependent on a board of directors.

 

The Pages of Life #106

 

Every step is just one step nearer

To the end of life's journey for me;

As I ponder this thought, I'm reminded

We are bound for eternity.

 

If only we knew as when life is through,

No one would weary His bidding to do;

None would despise the heavenly prize

Waiting for me and for you.