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What DO we believe? Lesson 7 (page 1)
NEW BIRTH

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Man has often been confused, as Nicodemus was, on what is meant by born of the Spirit. In this study, we will look at what Jesus meant by born of the water. I have heard it taught that when a child is born the water surrounding the child was the water that Jesus was talking about. Jesus was talking about water baptism, by immersion and not the water from natural birth. (see Baptism)

The Church was established in the book of Acts. No other place in the Bible will you find the complete plan of Salvation. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are called The Gospels, (meaning good news). They tell of the divine birth of Jesus, his deity, miracles and the calling of his disciples to carry His message to the world. The books from Romans through Jude are to Churches that were established in the book of Acts. These books were like maintenance manuals dealing with specific problems and encouragement to these churches.

Acts 3:1   To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

Jesus taught his disciples an additional 40 days after his death burial and resurrection. He appeared to them many times during this 40-day period.

ONE INCIDENT WHEN HE SHOWED HIMSELF TO HIS DISCIPLES

John 20:19   Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
John 20:20   And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
John 20:21   Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

So the Holy Ghost is the breath of Jesus Christ!

Let us examine this more and see how this can be possible.

Genesis 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

God breathed into the nostrils of man and man became a living soul. This breath of God is what distinguishes us from all other animals. We have a soul that will live forever somewhere.

This was the first man Adam and represents the natural birth.

SOME OF HIS TEACHING AFTER HIS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION

Jesus said: Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

ENDUED WITH POWER

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

THE LAST MAN ADAM IS JESUS

1 Corinthians 15:45   And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

QUICKENING SPIRIT (MADE ALIVE WITH THE SPIRIT).

John 20:22   And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.

Jesus breathed on his disciples and said unto them, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost. This second breath of God, (for Jesus is the revealed name of God), is the NEW BIRTH EXPERIENCE! This is what Jesus meant when he said unto Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”