“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”
Put off the old man.
Born of the water and of the Spirit.
Put on the new man.
God’s Word uses several phrases to describe the spiritual rebirth which believers undergo.
HOWEVER, the Bible give very little actual descriptions of what happens when one undergoes the new birth–and this has proved to be a problem for those who pretend to be Christians: the tares.
This has proved to be a problem for Satan’s little puppets because they have to pretend to be participants in a process for which there is precious little written in God’s Word. And so (as usual), the counterfeits have to pretend to be something based on their best guess of what that something is.
Usually these pretensions feature a LOT of drama and emotion (crying, sobbing, throwing themselves around while loudly proclaiming “THIS was the day I came to the LORD and it’s a day which I will never forget!”).
This is helpful to the handful of believers who easily spot the counterfeits by their outrageous “Born Again Stories.”
Believers only need refer back to their own experiences to check the validity of such claims.
Undergoing the new SPIRITUAL rebirth is such an otherworldly happening–with results which are so outside one’s other worldly experiences–that, many times, a believer will find the event hard to put into words.
HOWEVER, the event is so unlike any other experienced, that the rebirth itself is one of the “infallible proofs” that God’s Word is true.
Regardless of how clever and intelligent Satan’s minions are, they find it hard to replicate an event 1- which they do not understand; and, 2- for which they do not have any points of reference.
All which means (like any bad acting gig): they can fake it–but it is apparent to the audience these actors are faking it.
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 4, 2019.]
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