What it Means to Be Born Again (Part 7a)
This 7th and last part of “What it Means to be Born Again” is about how we are by nature the children of the wrath of God. Because of its length, Part 7 will be presented in at least three parts.
To recap, in Eph. 2:1-3 the Word of God says, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”
“What it Means to Be Born Again” outlines seven facts about spiritual death before being born again in our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Eph. 2:1-3 we learn that before being born again:
1) Believers were dead in trespasses and sins. (Dealt with in Part 1)
2) Believers use to walk according to the course of this world. (Dealt with in Part 2)
3) The course of this world is according to the prince of the power of the air. (Dealt with in Part 3)
4) This spirit of the prince of the power of the air now works in the children of disobedience. (Dealt with in Part 4)
5) Believers dwelt in the lusts of their flesh. (Dealt with in Part 5)
6) Believers fulfilled the desires of the flesh and of the mind. (Dealt with in Part 6)
7) Believers were by nature the children of wrath. (Dealt with in this first 7th Part)
7. Believers were by nature the children of wrath.
The Apostle Paul tells in Eph. 2:3 that before we were born again we were by nature the children of wrath. This means that before we are spiritually born again we have the wrath of God resting upon us.
John 3:36 testifies, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” The wrath of God remains upon those who reject the redemption that is in our Lord Jesus Christ. The wrath of God includes spiritual delusion, every carnal attitude, adversity, destruction, and disease and death.
1Tim. 2:4-6 teach that God wants all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For, there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all.
Acts 4:12 also teach that there is no other name under heaven given among men except the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, whereby we must be saved. Nobody can come, or go to God except through our Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
From John 3:36; 1Tim. 2:4-6 and Acts 4:12 we can understand that salvation from the wrath of God is only by faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ produces Eternal Life and peace.
Ezra 8:22 also teaches, “The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.”
When we reject the Testimony of God about salvation in His Son Jesus Christ, we reject the wisdom of the will of God for our lives.
The Wrath of God is a Spirit Created by God
Gen. 2:9 teaches, “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” These trees in the Garden of Eden depict pleasant spirits created by God as nourishment and guidance for the soul of man.
In Gen. 2:9 the tree of knowledge of good and evil depicts the spirit of Satan. Satan is the spirit of the wrath of God. The “good” of this tree depicts a spirit of love that deceives (Prov. 16:25). The “evil” depicts a sprit that produces destruction and, the works of the flesh as tabulated in Matt. 15:18, 19; Mark 7:21, 22; Rom. 1:18, 24, 26, 27, 29-31; 1Cor. 6:9, 10; Gal. 5:19-21. The works of the flesh are the fruit of the spirit of the wrath of God.
Ex. 15:7 tells us that God “sent forth” His spirit of wrath. The wrath of God is a spirit of deception and destruction sent forth to cover those who reject the Son of God (2Thess. 2:11, 12; Lam. 3:65). It is a spirit that contains every curse and plaque created by God (Isa. 45:7; 54:16; Prov. 16:4).
Ezek. 28:16 tells us that Satan is a covering cherub. Isa. 25:7 also describes Satan as a veil and covering cast and spread over all people and nations.
Just as the Holy Spirit is poured out, so also the spirit of the wrath of God is poured out upon those who reject our Lord Jesus Christ’s way of Eternal Life (2Chron. 12:7; 2Chron. 34:25). This means that when we are not born again, then we do not have the Holy Spirit resting upon us.
The Wrath of God is a Spirit of Death
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the Father of all spirits (Heb. 12:9). God created every spirit. A spirit is also known as:
- An angel (2Cor. 11:14).
- A son of God (Gen. 6:2).
- A cherub (Ezek. 28:16).
- An archangel (Jude 1:9).
- The Angel of God’s presence (Isa. 63:9).
- God (John 4:24).
- The Glory of God (Rom. 6:4; 8:11).
- The Eyes of God (2Chron. 16:9; Zech. 4:10).
In 1John 5:19 we learn that the entire world lies in the power of Satan, that covering cherub (Ezek. 28:16). This covering spirit is a curse of deception and death over all who disobey God’s will to walk in the Light of Life (Lam. 3:65). Satan is a spirit of death that covers our souls, kills our bodies, and wreaks havoc in our lives, and also in the world.
The works of Satan are known as the works of unrighteousness. When Adam and Eve disobeyed the Word of God they were clothed with the unrighteousness of the spirit of the wrath of God. All of God’s creation inherited the covering spirit of wrath from Adam and Eve.
Satan’s spirit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is also known in the Bible as:
- The sycamine tree (Luke 17:6).
- The waster (Isa. 54:16).
- A covering cherub (Ezek. 28:16).
- The veil of death (Isa. 25:7, 8).
- A curse from God (Lam. 3:65).
- Strong delusion (2Thess. 2:11).
- The wrath of God (John 3:36).
The Wrath of God over the Earth
Rev. 12 recounts how that the Archangel Gabriel and his Angels defeated Satan and his angels and expelled them from Heaven. Rev. 12:9 reads, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Rev. 12:9, 10 teaches that Satan was stripped of his place in Heaven where he would accuse us before God day and night. Satan then came down to the earth where he would work the destruction and death of the wrath of God.
Rev. 12:12 declare, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Satan and his evil spirits were cast onto the earth having great wrath.
The Law of Moses was upheld by Angels of God (Acts 7:53; Heb. 2:2). Likewise, the wrath of God is accomplished in the earth and in our lives by all sorts of evil spirits. Ps. 78:49 also teach us that God cast upon Pharaoh and his kingdom, “the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.” The spirit of wrath works all manner of attitudes, destruction and miracles in our lives and in this world (2Thess. 2:9-12).
The tree of knowledge of good and evil is also the spirit of Jannes and Jambres who resisted the Holy Spirit in Moses (Ex. 7:11, 12; 2Tim. 3:8). When the Holy Spirit worked His miracles before Pharaoh, the spirit of wrath also performed similar works through Jannes and Jambres.
The Wine of the Wrath of God
Jer. 51:7 (DRB) states, “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the hand of the Lord that made all the earth drunk: the nations have drunk of her wine, and therefore they have staggered.” This Babylon depicts a spiritual city and refers to the spiritual kingdom of Satan.
The wine of Babylon is a spiritual wine. To stagger because of spiritual wine is to be spiritually drunk. To be drunk with the spiritual wine of Babylon is to be drunk with the spirit of Satan. The Holy Spirit does not make you drunk. When the Holy Spirit comes over you, you are filled with power and strength (Luke 1:35).
Rev. 14:8 tells, “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Here, the wine of Babylon is called the wine of the wrath of Babylon’s fornication. When we are spiritually drunk with the wine of Babylon, then we engage in spiritual fornication (Rev. 17:2).
Rev. 14:9, 10 continues, “…If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation….” Here we find that the wrath of Babylon is referred to as the wrath of God.
Satan and his kingdom Babylon is the spirit of the wrath of God. To be drunk with the spirit of the wrath of God is to stumble in spiritual judgement through the strong spiritual delusion of dreams and visions (Isa. 28:7) and, to believe a lie (2Thess. 2:11).
John 3:36 teaches that the wrath of God prevents us from seeing Eternal Life, which is a light (John 1:4).
The Father of Spirits
1Kings 22:19-22 recounts how God deploys spirits. 1Kings 22:19-22 the Prophet Micaiah said unto King Jehoshaphat, “…Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.” The “host of heaven” refers to all the angels (spirits) including Satan.
1Kings 22:20 continues, “And the LORD said, who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.” This means, one spirit suggested one thing, and another spirit suggested something else.
1Kings 22:21, 22 tells, “And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.”
God, the Father of all spirits (angels) commands spirits to execute His Judgements among people in all the earth. Here, the prophets of King Jehoshaphat were anointed with a lying spirit of the wrath of God in Satan.
A spirit can change from a spirit of truth to a spirit of deception, or whatever (2Cor. 11:14). Even so, the Holy Spirit of God in Christ will always be a spirit of truth.
All spirits have to obey God. In Job 1:12; 2:6 Satan was commanded not to kill Job. King David also says that the angels of God do His commandments and hearken unto the voice of his Word (Ps. 103:20).
In Christ Jesus you have the rule over every spirit (angel) of the wrath of God (Luke 10:19; Rom. 5:9, 17).
A Blind Heart through Ignorance
Eph. 4:17, 18 read, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”
When the blindness of the wrath of God is over the mind of your heart, you will worship God ignorantly. Your worship is in ignorance when you worship without the knowledge of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ. When you worship God in ignorance, you will be open to worshiping false spirits and their teachings.
No matter how great the love of our Lord Jesus Christ for you, when you walk in ignorance you will be lost. Rom. 10:1 testifies to this. In Rom. 10:1 the Apostle Paul prays that Israel, the apple of God’s eye (Zech. 2:8) may be saved. In Rom. 10:1-3 we find that Israel is lost because they have no knowledge of the Glory of God. Therefore, they are ignorant about God’s righteousness. We can also learn that because of their ignorance they were given to worship false gods (Ps. 81:11-12; Acts 7:42, 43).
When you know the Glory of God in Jesus Christ you will know the difference between the Holy Spirit and Satan. In Acts 19:1-7 the Apostle Paul deemed it essential that you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ by submersion. And, that you receive the Holy Spirit in the Glory of Jesus Christ.
When you have received the Holy Spirit you will know the Glory of God that is in Jesus Christ. The knowledge of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ is essential because the Holy Spirit ministers in the Glory of God (2Cor. 3:8).
The Tree of Life
In Gen. 1:1 our Creator is revealed as Elohim. The Tree of Life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil mentioned in Gen. 2:9 are two separate spirits created by Elohim. The Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden depicts the Holy Spirit with Eternal Life in the Glory of Elohim. Elohim is also known as the Ancient of days, as God the Father, and generally as God.
Gen 2:4 is the first record where Elohim is revealed as Jehovah Elohim. In Gen. 17:1 Elohim revealed Himself to Abraham as El Shaddai, The Almighty. In the era of Moses and The Law, Elohim revealed Himself unto Israel in the Name of Jehovah Elohim, and also as I AM.
In the era of the New Testament Elohim presents Himself to everyone who wants to find and worship Him, in the Name of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul tells us in Heb. 1:1, 2 that, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”
There is no other name whereby any person can come unto Elohim for salvation and restoration unto Eternal Life (John. 3:16; Acts 4:12). Every person must be saved from Satan’s power of physical decay and spiritual death which we inherited from Adam and Eve (Rom. 8:20-23).
It is only through our Lord Jesus Christ that we can be saved from Satan’s power and be restored unto Eternal life in the Glory of God. Hence, our Lord Jesus Christ will come and shine in your heart with the light of His Glory. Thus, you will know the Glory of His Holy Spirit. You can only follow and worship God in truth when you know the Glory of His Holy Spirit (Matt. 16:27, 28; 2Cor. 4:6).
The Glory of Elohim God is now with the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Dan. 7:13, 14 testify that God the Father gave His Glory and dominion to His Son Jesus Christ so that all people, nations, and languages should serve His Son Jesus Christ. This is also the Apostle Paul’s testimony in 2Cor. 3:7, 8, 17; Heb. 1:3.
The Spirit of Peace
The Tree of Life in the middle of the Garden of Eden also depicts the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ who became flesh (John 1:14). The Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ is a Spirit of Peace. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Prince of Peace.
The Holy Spirit is also known as:
- The Angel of the Presence of the Face of God (Gen. 3:8; Isa. 63:9).
- The Prince of Peace with the Light of Eternal Life (Isa. 9:6; John 8:12; 2Cor. 3:17).
- The Glory of God who raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead (Rom. 6:4; 8:11).
- That Just One (Acts 22:14).
The Holy Spirit is not the spirit of the wrath of God. There is no wrath in the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. In Isa. 27:4 the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ says, “Fury is not in me…”
The Spirit of God in Jesus Christ is never angry at you. The Holy Spirit of God in Jesus Christ is a Spirit of reconciliation and peace between you and God (Rom. 5:1; 2Cor. 3:9). You cannot anger the Holy Spirit. However, you can grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30), and you can also extinguish Him (1Thess. 5:19). And, even if you do grieve the Holy Spirit to the point of extinguishing Him, you can rekindle Him (2Tim. 1:6).
However, the spirit of wrath and deception rules over everyone who rejects and distorts God’s Way of Peace unto Eternal Life in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:17; Eph. 4:27).
As a believer in Jesus Christ, God is never angry at you. By faith in Jesus Christ you are justified and have peace with God (Rom. 5:1).
The Sound of the Holy Spirit of Peace
During your quest to know God, there are some key characteristics about receiving the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ that you must know. The sound of the Holy Spirit is one of them. The Holy Spirit has a distinctive sound.
Acts 2:2 teaches that the sound of the Holy Spirit was present with the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And, that the sound of the Holy Spirit filled the entire house where the disciples assembled.
Acts 2:2 reads, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where the disciples were sitting.”
When the Holy Spirit moves towards you, and over you, you will hear His sound. When the Holy Spirit is stationery above you, it is calm, peaceful and quiet round about Him and you. And, you’ll be enveloped in the haze of brilliancy and strength of His Glory.
However, when the Holy Spirit moves, even slightly, you will hear His sound. The movement of the Holy Spirit sounds like the thunderous drone of a huge mass of rolling waters. This sound can also be likened to the sound of gusts of strong winds.
The Glory of God is a Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Glory of God. The Glory of God, and the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ are One Spirit. Hence, the sound of the Holy Spirit is also the sound of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The sound of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ is also the sound of the cloud of Heaven. Therefore, whenever the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ appears unto you, it will invariable be with the sound of the Holy Spirit and with the heavens opened.
The Sound of the Holy Spirit is described in the Bible as the:
- Sound of a rushing mighty wind (Acts 2:2).
The sound of a rushing mighty wind is similar to the sound of gusts of wind.
- Noise of great waters (Ezek. 1:24).
The noise of great waters is a thunderous roar as the waters move.
The Haze of Brilliancy of the Holy Spirit of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ
The clouds of Heaven are unlike the clouds of the earth. A cloud of Heaven, that Holy City Jerusalem, is a fiery cloud. The fire of the cloud of the Glory of God is not like man-made fires.
The fire of the Glory of God has got:
- The brightness of the rainbow about it,
- The glow of burning coals about it,
- A light inside of it that shines stronger than the brilliance of the sun shining in its strength.
The brilliance of the Light of the Glory of God is aptly described in the Bible as a haze of brilliancy. The Angel of God said unto Mary in Luke 1:35, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.”
The word that the Angel of God used to describe when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and overshadows you is “episkiazō”. The word episkiazō means to envelop you in a haze of brilliancy.
When our Lord Jesus Christ appears unto you and overshadows you with His Holy Spirit, you will be enveloped in the haze of the brilliancy of His Glory. This was also the case with the Apostle Paul in Acts 22:6; 26:13.
The Glory of the Holy Spirit is not with warmth, or heat, or some wonderful physical or spiritual sensation. The Presence of the Holy Spirit of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ is with peace and strength. The Presence of the Holy Spirit is neither cold nor warm. When the Holy Spirit overshadows you, you will also be fully conscious.
Moreover, whenever the Holy Spirit moves towards you, or away from you, or around you, or above you, you will also hear His sound. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit is invariably always accompanied by His sound.
God bless and guide you.