“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: Being born again is being born of God.
In our studies so far as we’ve been exploring the term “born again” as used by Peter in 1Peter 1:23 and Jesus in his discussion with Nicodemus in John chapter 3, it is established that the term born again communicates a spiritual truth or a spiritual reality; a reality different from a natural birth. That’s why from Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus in John 3, the emphasis was on the spirit; hence, a spiritual birth. Meaning, to be born again is to be born of the spirit or to be indwelt by God’s spirit. Now, don’t forget that the word “gennao anothen” (born again) means to be born anew or to be born from above. I hope at this point, you should not be looking at the sky when we say “to be born from above”. And in case you look up when we say born from above, I don’t think your looking up should be literal, it should rather be an imagery (a figure of speech); an imagery for what now? An imagery for God; don’t forget the birth is spiritual; that is, by God’s spirit. So born from God or born by his spirit which is the same thing as being born anew. James will clarify this more for us in James 1:17-18 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures”. The statements “of his own will begat he us” already speaks of the born again man and thus, the good and perfect gift in context is the born again man. But notice, he says this good and perfect gift (the born again man) is from above, and the term “from above” here is the same Greek word “anothen” translated as “again” in John 3. And so, he explained the “above” in context is the father of lights (that is God). In other words, the implication of the statement “the born again man is from above” (James 1:17) means the born again man is from God. Hence, verse 18 “of his own will begat he us”. So, born again also means I am born of God; God gave birth to me. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You are born of God; acknowledge it.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for these spiritual truths that are unfolding to me in the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen
QUOTE: The born again man was birthed by God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6