sermonette: The Born Again
It Is Not A Begettal
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 21-Apr-12; Sermon #1098s; 22 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, pointing out the intense symbolism of Jesus’ teaching, suggests that this symbolic method of teaching requires time to sort out and fully comprehend things such as, destroying the temple, eating His flesh and drinking His blood, foot-washing, or born again. For him (the speaker), Jesus Christ’s teaching on “born again” has taken multiple decades to interpret. A resurrection from the dead is indeed a type of birth, but that is not the only birth experience Christians undergo. Jesus differentiates the spiritually dead (dead men walking) from the physically dead. On the other hand, God’s called-out ones were quickened with God’s Holy Spirit. In this context, we have already gone through one resurrection, having been born again in a spiritual regeneration, or resurrection. Regeneration takes place at the beginning (at our baptism in which we are born from above), and at a resurrection at the end. These are both unique “born again’ experiences. No baby in the womb can walk with Christ.
Baptism Colossians 1:18; 3:1 Destroy the temple Ephesians 2:1-6 Firstborn from the dead Generate Hatpin test John 2:18-22; 3 Keys of Hades Luke 9:60 Matthew 19:28 Major manner of Jesus’ teaching Paliggenesia Produce again Raised Rebirth Regeneration Resurrection Revelation 1:18; 2:8 Romans 6:1-7 Sign Spiritual resurrection from the dead Temple of his body Titus 3:3-5
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