Born Again, Again

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on November 10, 2013
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Matthew 1:2, 16, 20 Jesus’ first life began when he was born of Mary and ended on the cross. His second life began when he was raised from the dead and will never end.

Colossians 1:15, 18
“Born” means to be brought into life. “Firstborn” implies two things: 1) no one was born from the dead before him (others were raised from the dead, but they died again; Jesus was given a new life which will continue throughout eternity); 2) others will follow him with this new life.

Revelation 1:5
The cross left no doubt Jesus was completely dead, but then he was born again with a new eternal life, and others will follow.

Acts 13:32-38
After His beloved Son was resurrected from the dead, God declared, “I have begotten thee.”

1Corinthians 15:20-23
“First fruits” is similar to “firstborn” and implies the same two things: 1) no one was before him; 2) others will follow him with this new life.

Philippians 3:20 and 21
We are promised a new eternal life when Jesus returns, then we will be born again like him. Eternal life does not begin until then. Now, we have the promise of eternal life.

1Peter 1:13-2:3
When we accept the lordship of Christ, we are given a new life; we are born again by the word of God. A supernatural change takes place in us.

1John 2:28 and 29
Everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

A horrible deception permeates the church − that once you accept Christ as Lord, you immediately and forevermore have eternal life.

- Those who practice righteousness are born of God. Those who practice sin are born of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin.

1John 1:5-10
Everyone sins, even those born of God. However, those born of God no longer have a lifestyle of sin; rather, they have episodes of sin.

1John 3:9 and 10
We determine by the way we live whether we are children of God or children of the devil.

John 3:1-21
Are you a born-again Christian? Yes and no.

The physical life of our first birth will come to an end when we die or when Jesus returns.

The new birth with its new life we enjoy now, but it to can come to an end depending on how we live.

The new birth that comes when Jesus returns is eternal.

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