“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” – Ephesians 1:15-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: New birth and re-birth are not one and the same.
From our careful observation of Peter’s words in 1Peter 1:23, and Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus in John 3, we’ve come to establish that the term “born again” is not a physical birth but a spiritual birth. The use of the word “again” in the word “born again” as we have seen does not mean the second time; rather, the implication of the word “again” (anothen in the Greek) implies from above. Hence, why the word “born again” (gennao anothen) means to be born from above or to be born anew, and this is not being born from the sky neither is it a re-birth but a new birth. Of course, from the meaning of the word re-birth in normal parlance (as we saw in previous studies), it is obviously out of place to connect it with the word “gennao anothen” because “gennaoanothen” does not imply a re-incarnation, that is a new birth subsequent to one’s first; it doesn’t also imply a revival, spiritual renewal or a reinvigoration. So, is the new birth a rebirth? No, the new birth is the new birth.
Now, observe the following questions carefully:
- Could there be revival in the new birth? Yes, but is the new birth a revival? No
- Could there be a reinvigoration or revitalization in the new birth? Yes, but is the new birth a reinvigoration? No
- Could we have renewal in the new birth? Yes but is the new birth a renewal? No
So, revival, reinvigoration or revitalization are in the new birth; that is why when your mortal body is sick, you can make power available in the place of prayer (praying in your understanding or praying in the spirit) and then revitalize your mortal body. Also, in the place of consecration to the ongoing work of Christ, there could be renewal and revival, but none of this is the new birth. The new birth is, God’s spirit taking residence in me. I am the residential address of deity; immortality resides in my mortality. This is the new birth. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: You have been indwelt by God’s spirit; acknowledge this.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: To be born again is to be born of God’s spirit.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1