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Why must I be Born Again and How can I be a Temple of the Holy Spirit?
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The following is a revised extract of the free Book, Relationship Versus Religion
Relating article: How to be saved
THE SPIRITUAL REBIRTH THROUGH PERSONAL FAITH IN, AND ACCEPTANCE OF JESUS CHRIST
Humankind’s cataclysmic spiritual death in the Garden in Eden and their bondage to darkness, cursedness, and immeasurable soulical (mind) corruption, occurred instantly that day when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden fruit from the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” which can be interpreted as an allegory of “taking in” the sin-nature of the devil himself. Consequently, death and devastation filtered through to every aspect of humanity’s physical lives as well, indwelt all their descendants, and proliferated as man multiplied and populated the planet, (Rom. 3:9-20.)
It is important to realize that theft, murder, lies, and every other transgression of God’s Moral Law are ‘merely’ symptoms of this deadly spiritual disease called “sin,” which all of humanity is born into. To convert to a church with its manmade dogmas and live a ‘good’ religious life can never cure this killer infection. All kinds of religiosity and manmade temple or church norms and forms are futile attempts to treat the fatal symptoms of this spiritual disease, (Jn. 4:21-24.)
‘Sin’ is described by the word “hamartia,” meaning ‘from sin,’ and “hamartanö,” meaning ‘to miss the mark and not to share in the prize’ or ‘to fall short of the glory of God.’ Since that day in Eden, hamartia and hamartanö became the essence of humanity’s existence on earth. Hamartia and hamartanö [the fallen spiritual state without God] separated humanity from God and entombed them still physically alive in a position or place of spiritual death, sin, bondage, and cursedness.
However, it was never God’s will that darkness should rule over humanity. In the beginning, when God created male and female human beings, (Gen. 1:27-28,) He planned that they would live in a loving relationship with Him and with one another without death, sickness, sorrow, and the needless toil that marrs every part of their once perfect lives.
To fulfil God’s vision for humanity to be delivered from spiritual death, there had to be a new beginning for humankind after the fall, (Gen. 3:14-15.) A rebirth. New life in the presence and under the freedom and blessing of God.
Þ As hamartia and hamartanö means 'from the being of sin,' and 'to miss the mark and not to share in the prize,’ every person who choose to be saved must know that God sent His Son Jesus in the “flesh” or as a mere human being to “hit the mark” or fully fulfil all the requirements of God’s Old Testament Law in the place of all believing humanity, (Jn. 3:16.) This was absolutely necessary to rescue humanity from hamartia or “from the being [or nature] of sin.”
Þ So, every human being on earth, by understanding that they are lost without God and by choosing Jesus to rescue them from darkness or “the being of sin,” actually choose to eat of “The Tree of Life” that was planted in Eden, (Jn. 1:11-14.) So, by accepting Jesus as their Savior, Redeemer, and God, all true believers “take in” the Holy Spirit just as Adam and Eve “took in” the sin nature by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Þ Then, just as Adam and Eve were originally created or “born into” their perfect relationship with God in Eden, by “eating of Jesus,” believers are spiritually born again by “taking in” The Tree of Life or Jesus Himself, (Rev. 22:17; Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.) This is why Jesus commanded in Jn. 6:54-58, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you…”
By understanding that we can only live or be born again spiritually by symbolically “eating and drinking Jesus’ flesh and blood,” (Jn. 5:54-58,) we can see that it is totally impossible to join a church and submit to their manmade dogmas and ceremonies to be saved, redeemed, and blessed. Empty religiosity can only function on the physical level of our “souls” or minds, not on the supernatural level of our human spirits, (1 Ths. 5:23.) Thus, it robs us of the New Spiritual Life in Christ, (Jn. 10:10.) That is why church and other religion must be rejected so that we can “worship the Father in [born again or new life] spirit and truth, for God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth, [not according to the false dogmas of church religion,]” (Jn. 4:21-24.) That is why Jesus commanded us to “worship neither on this mountain [holy place or church] nor in Jerusalem, [in physical Israel,] but the Father seeks [born again] believers to worship Him in spirit and in truth,” (Jn. 4:21-24.)
Our human spirits, (entombed in spiritual death,) must become alive, or be born again through faith in Jesus Christ, and by our personal, individual, and willing acceptance of His complete fulfilment of the Old Testament Law in our place, (Mt. 5:17.) Thus, the rebirth in Christ is the only way to escape hamartia and hamartanö, or the sin nature and the complete separation from God, to spiritually become sinless humans again, (Rom. 3:23-24; Eph. 2:8-15; Jn. 21-24.)
That’s why Christ Jesus commanded in Jn. 3:3-5: “Except you are [spiritually] born again, you cannot see [or understand] the kingdom of God… Except you are born of water, [the power of the Gospel, the truth of the New Testament Covenant in Christ, of which the water baptism of true disciples is only the symbol], and of the Spirit, [the conviction and supernatural work of the Holy Spirit], you cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; [carnal,] that which is born of the Spirit is spirit,” (Jn. 16:7-11; 6:63.)
Peter explained in 1 Pt. 1:23, “[You were] born again, not of corruptible seed [such as manmade doctrines,] but incorruptible, through the [Water or] Word of God which lives and abides forever.”
John wrote in 1:12-13, “As many as received Him [wholeheartedly], to them He gave power to become the children of God… Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” And Paul stated in 2 Cor. 5:17 and in Gal. 2:20, “If anyone is in Christ, he [or she] is a new creation. Old things, [the cursed sin-state of the former physical life without Christ], have passed away, behold, all things have become [spiritually] new… I am crucified with Christ: [hamartia, the old sin-nature and position or state of sin containing my sinful deeds and desires is dead], nevertheless I live [physically and spiritually]; yet not I, but Christ lives in me. And the [new] life which I now live in the flesh [as a physical human being,] I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
Only those who live spiritually can see, experience, and enter into, (belong to, share in) the spiritual kingdom of God. Only born again believers can truly understand God’s Word, way and will, (Jn. 3:3-5.)
Only those who live spiritually and show the fruit of the Holy Spirit prove to the devil, themselves, and other people that they are the children of God, (Jn. 6:63; Rom. 8:5-17.) Spirit calls and answers only to spirit.
Humankind has to live spiritually to be in contact with God the Spirit, (Jn. 4:23-24.)
All other so-called doorways to God and His heaven are cheap imitations that lead to damnation, (Jn. 10:10.)
BORN AGAIN MAN IS A TEMPLE
During the Old Testament Covenant, which was “annulled” when Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected from the grave to establish His eternal New Testament Covenant, the Holy Spirit did not live inside God’s believers, (Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9.) The Holy Spirit only worked from the outside or “came upon” Old Covenant believers temporarily to equip them for a specific task, because “the Spirit was not yet given, (Jn. 7:39 KJV; Judges 15:14; 1 Sam. 16:13.) So, before the cross during Jesus’ ministry to the Old Hebrews, all His miracles was still done under the Old Testament Covenant.
However, on the Day of Pentecost, shortly after Jesus established His everlasting New Covenant, The Holy Spirit came to consistently indwell all Jesus’ sincere disciples (Acts 2:1-21,) until the end of the world,” (Mt. 28:19-20.) In this way, as a free Gift from the Father, the Spirit makes every sincerely believing and thus Scripturally born again believer His Personal temple: His spiritual tabernacle, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-4.)
For this reason, the born again person does not merely walk with the Spirit as Adam and Eve did in Eden before the fall, he or she walks in the Spirit. “Because you are His children [through the personal rebirth through faith in and acceptance of Jesus],” Paul explained in Gal. 4:6-7 and in Rom. 8:9-16, “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, [your born again human spirits], crying, Father… Now if any person has not the [indwelling] Spirit, he or she is none of His. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, [because we personally accepted Jesus, Jn. 1:12-13,], and if children then… joint heirs with Christ…”
All Scripturally born again believers together make up the universal spiritual temple of God, because the Holy Spirit continually indwells each one personally, and they are the one and only, genuine body of Jesus Christ: His holy bride.
“Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Paul asked in 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19. And he proclaimed in 1 Cor. 12:27: “You are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” - Eph. 4:15-16; 5:23-27.
Jesus declared in Mt. 18:19-20: “For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there I am in the midst of them, [through My Spirit Who indwells them.]” Jesus Christ manifests Himself in the midst of two or three sincere believers because His Spirit lives in them; parts of His temple are gathered together. They do not have to congregate in large numbers in a physical temple. Every born again believer is His temple in particular and two are His temple when they meet.
Vast numbers of mere followers were never Jesus’ aim for His spiritual body of believers. He wants His body of born again believers to live in sincerity and holiness — and in a constant, living relationship with Him and with one another (Lu. 12:32.)
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HIS LIVING TEMPLE
The Holy Spirit and born again believers bear witness together and work together, (Rom. 8:16.) The Spirit does not inhabit true believers to make their choices and to do their work for them. The Spirit calls us and leads us, (He does not drive us the way Satan does); He gives us spiritual strength and direction, which flow from our born again human spirits into our minds or souls. He empowers us with revelation-knowledge of His Word to understand and to do the will of the Father, (Rom. 8:13-14; 12:1-2.)
The born again human spirit is a centrum where every sincere believer meets God the Father in worship and in prayer, and where God Personally speaks to each believer individually — always according to the full contextual Truth of His Word. Everything we discuss with God must ultimately be communicated in and through our born again spirit, the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, God’s inner sanctuary on the inside of every truly born again believer, (Rom. 1:9.)
Those who are spiritually alive already have the fullness or the “anointing” of the Holy Spirit inside them, because every individual, born again believer is a temple of the Holy Spirit, (1 Jn. 2:20; 27-29 KJV.)
God’s temple is never empty.
It is either the dwelling place of the Spirit, or the person does not live spiritually, (Rom. 8:9b.)
As a result, it is clear that after someone chooses to believe in and wholeheartedly accept Jesus as his or her personal Savior, Redeemer, Blessor, God, and Lord, the Holy Spirit immediately, completely, and constantly indwells the person’s blood-cleansed, born again human spirit as His spiritual temple, (Gal. 4:6-7.)
God promised in 1 Jn. 2:20, 27, “You [already] have [present tense] an anointing from the Holy One… The anointing which you have received [past tense, when you sincerely accepted Jesus,] abides [stays] in you…”
Thus, neither the Holy Spirit Himself, nor any of His power or the manifestation of His spiritual gifts, can be “given” by any human through the laying on of hands or otherwise. Of course we must pray for one another, and we may ask our Father for His spiritual gifts — but “he Holy Spirit distributes to each one individually [His gifts] as He wills,” to minister among His body of believers as He chooses, (1 Cor. 12:4-11.)