Super Natural Birth
When I was a kid growing up something my older brothers threw out at me sometimes was that I was adopted. To me that really didn’t mean anything because I felt like I was right where I should be, but I could tell by the tone of their message that they didn’t mean it as a good thing. Anyway, I’m pretty sure I am the son of both my mother and father. The next piece of the scripture we are looking at touches on this issue a bit when it says, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13.
As we’ve seen throughout these pages, God doesn’t always do things naturally, at least the way we see it. I mean, He created nature and thereby defines what is natural so anything He does could be said is natural, but, I digress. We all know the natural way that children are conceived and born, but in John chapter 1 we are told that when we become children of God it is not a naturally developed relationship so what is left? Super natural.
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18. The beginning of our super natural relationship with God as our Father began with the super natural birth of Jesus as our savior. You see that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God in every sense. Jesus was God’s Son in heaven before He came to earth, and He was “delivered” from heaven to Mary as the earthly, human vessel to be God’s Son here. The Holy Spirit, the third leg of the trinity, God, is the Father of Jesus. The natural descent for Jesus would have been through Joseph, his earthly father, just as it was for Jesus’ siblings. But Jesus was not born of natural descent, and neither were we or anyone else who claims Jesus as savior. You see, just as our savior wasn’t born from a man, we are not spiritually born of a man either. We need to be born of God spiritually just as Jesus was born of God physically. We need the Holy Spirit to make that happen for us just as He was needed to make that happen for Jesus.
The following verses are foundational in our belief of being reborn; of being born of God; of being born of the Spirit:
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.” 1 John 5:1. Here it is. Everyone who believes in Jesus is born of God. Again, this is not a natural birth, this is not of a human mother and father, this is of God. What a great term; of God. The next time someone asks you what you are made of you tell them, “of God.” That would be cool. See what they say.
“He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” James 1:18. There it is again. He (God) chose to give us birth through the word of truth (Jesus). Why? So that we can be firstfruits. Ok, this sounds kind of weird; try to think of fruits in the agricultural way and not the other way. Fruit is what the plants are made to produce; they’re good. God is happy to call us His fruits.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17. A new creation. Mothers probably wouldn’t like it if the first time you saw their baby you called it a new creation, sounds kind of like Frankenstein, but that’s what God calls us; a new creation. Which are we more like? A newborn baby or a Frankenstein? Are we completely starting over in our spiritual lives or are we a patchwork of old and new pieces sewn back together? God wants us as that new baby. I think a lot of us reject that and walk around like cranky old monsters with bolts sticking out of our necks.
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:3-7. Here we see the requirement for our new birth; we were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and all the rest. We were separated from God, but He saved us. The way that we are saved is by the rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ. This is the method, this is the rebirth, this is the super natural solution, this is being abnormally born. Do we accept this or not?
“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:22-23. Peter, or Big Pete like I like to call him, shows us the eternal view of our rebirth. We are not born again of the Spirit of God so that we will die in a few years, but so that we will live eternally, imperishable, with God. Amen.
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