This post: What it Means to Be Born Again Part 4 is the fourth in a series on spiritual rebirth with Eph. 2:1-3 as the Scriptural basis for the series. Each part in this series addresses one of the seven aspects related to our spiritual rebirth in Christ Jesus, the Son of God.
Eph. 2:1-3 teach, “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.”
Eph. 2:4, 5 continues, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).” The word “quickened” is translated from the Greek word “suzōopoieō” that which means that we have been made alive with Christ.
Eph. 2:1-3 highlights seven facts about our spiritual death before we are converted to Christ Jesus and born again in the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ through the baptism of the water and the baptism by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:4). Tit. 3:5 states, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” The word washing is translated for the Greek word “loutron”, which means the bath of baptism.
This series covers the following seven aspects of being born again:
- Believers were dead in trespasses and sins.
- Believers use to walk according to the course of this world.
- The course of this world is according to the prince of the power of the air.
- This spirit of the prince of the power of the air now works in the children of disobedience.
- Believers dwelt in the lusts of their flesh.
- Believers fulfilled the desires of the flesh and of the mind.
- Believers were by nature the children of wrath.
The first three of these aspects were dealt with in their respective parts. In this fourth part we will look at the children of disobedience mentioned in the latter part of Eph. 2:2, where the Apostle Paul says, “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.”
Children of Disobedience
John 3:36 tells us that, “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 Greek word “apeitheō” from which the words “believeth” in the above verse of Scripture is translated means to refuse to belief and to obey. To believe is to obey. You cannot obey a person if you do not have faith in that person.
To believe on the Son of God is to believe the Gospel of the Glory of the Son of God. For God, the Ancient of Days has given His Glory to His Son Jesus Christ (Dan. 7:13, 14).
The Light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ
2Cor. 4:3 (DRB) is clear: “And if our gospel be also hid, it is hid to them that are lost, In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of unbelievers, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine unto them.”
The Gospel of the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ is about Eternal Life, and Eternal Life is a Light. Eternal Life is the Light of the Glory of God. John 1:4 says, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4 teaches us that the Life in Jesus Christ is the Light of Men. When you live in Jesus Christ you dwell in the Light of Life, He is the Light of Life (John 8:12).
To live in Jesus Christ is to live in His Word. Faith in Jesus Christ is dead without faith in His Word. You do not first have a dream or a vision and then believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. You first hear the Gospel about the Lord Jesus Christ and then you believe on Him (Rom. 10:17).
After that you heard and believed the Gospel about the love our Lord Jesus Christ for you, and how that He sacrificed His life for you on Calvary, you would then have to walk in His Word. You would then have to be baptised in the Name of Jesus Christ and then receive the Holy Spirit. Receiving the Holy Spirit will effectively teach you about the Light of the Gospel of the Glory of Jesus Christ.
Receiving the Holy Spirit is also known as receiving the anointing. When you have received the Holy Spirit you will know the Light of the Gospel of the Glory of Jesus Christ and will not need anyone to teach you about it. Hence, we can understand when 1John 2:27 says, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
The Reason that You Need our Lord Jesus Christ
Everything that God created in the Garden of Eden lived in the Light of Eternal Life in the Glory of God – the Garden of Eden depicts life in the Light of the Glory of God. Before the fall of Adam and Eve, everything that dwelt in the Light of Eternal Life in the Glory of God was free from destruction, decay, disease and death.
The fall of Adam and Eve was essentially a fall from the Light of Eternal Life in the Presence of the Glory of God into the deceptive light of darkness in Satan’s veil of destruction, decay, disease and death.
Before the Law of Moses was given men dwelt in the Presence of the Holy Spirit and lived for up nine hundred and ninety nine years. (See Gen. 5) The Law of Moses was given to restore the people of God unto the Light of Eternal Life. However, the Law of Moses failed in its purpose – because, no one could uphold all of the law. Therefore, the dispensation of our Lord Jesus Christ was given so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but be restored unto the Light of Eternal Life (John 3:16).
The Light of Eternal Life is also known in the Bible as the Holy of Holies – and by the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ you have free access into the Light of Eternal Life in the Glory of the Presence of God. Heb. 10:19 says: “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”
Access into the Holy of Holies is through fellowship with the Holy Spirit, for the Holly Spirit has His being in the Glory of God. 2Cor. 3:8 (YLT) says, “How shall the ministration of the Spirit not be more in glory?” In fact, the Holy Spirit is the Glory of God.
You can only fellowship with the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ through His Word, and not through dreams and visions which have the lights of the sun and the moon and artificial lights. When you have communion with the Word of God you will dwell in the Light of Eternal Life.
When you fellowship with the Word of Christ instead of with dreams and visions that appear with the lights of the sun and the moon and man-made lights, then that devil with his disease and death cannot harm you and your spirit and your body. Dreams and visions which are with the lights of the sun and the moon and man-made lights are known in the Bible as appearances of evil. 1Thess. 5:22, 23 promise, “Abstain from all appearance of evil, and the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (The words “I pray God” is not part of the original Bible text.)
If you say that you believe in the Son of God, then essentially you believe in the Word of Christ. And when you believe in the Word of Christ then you must resist and reject the usual dreams and visions that manifest in the lights of the sun and the moon and artificial lights. For the dreams and visions that appear with the lights of the sun and the moon and artificial lights emanate from Satan’s veil of death.
The way to resist those dreams and visions that manifest in the lights of the sun and the moon and artificial lights is to profess the covenants of promises of blessings and deliverance found in the Word of God, instead of believing in and professing and interpreting dreams and visions that manifest in the lights of the sun and the moon and artificial lights.
A WORD ABOUT THE USUAL DREAMS AND VISIONS WE HAVE
Every nation and culture and religion is drenched with the spirit of dreams and visions whose appearance is with the lights of the sun and the moon and artificial lights. The whole world believes in the same dreams and visions, with every culture and religion having its own set of omens and interpretation for the very same dreams and visions.
The spirit who appears in dreams and visions that contains the lights of the sun and the moon and artificial lights is a spirit of deception and disease and works the ultimate destruction of death in our lives. If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and confess that you are a Christian then you must resist every dream and vision that contains the lights of the sun and the moon and artificial lights.
The dreams and visions of The Holy Spirit are known as visions of God and do not appear with the light of the sun and its daylight, or in the light of the moon and its darkness, or with any artificial light.
The visions of God in the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ appear in the Light of the Glory of God and invariably come with the Cloud of Heaven and with the heavens opened (Ezek. 1:1, 4; Matt. 24:30; 26:64). The Cloud of Heaven is not the same as the clouds of the earth. The Cloud of Heaven is a fiery cloud that glows like burning coals, and it has the brightness of the rainbow about it (Ezek. 1:13, 28).
If you do not believe the gospel of the Glory of your Lord Jesus Christ then you are disobedient to the Son of God. And when you are disobedient to our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, then, says John 3:36, you will not see Eternal Life.
Eternal Life is the Light of Life Light of the Glory of God that lights the Holy City Jerusalem in the Kingdom of God. About the Light of Life in the Holy City Jerusalem from above, Rev. 21:23 says, “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” From Rev. 21:23 we can learn that the Glory of God is a light and that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Light thereof. We can also learn that Heaven, the Holy City Jerusalem, does not need the light of the sun and the moon or a candle – a candle depicts any man-made light.
Phil. 3:20 teach, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” When you accept the Lord Jesus Christ you inherit a citizenship from the Kingdom of God. And the Light of the Kingdom of God is not the light of the sun, or the moon, or man-made light. The Glory of God is the Light of the Kingdom of God of whom our Lord Jesus Christ is the brightness and the light.
Therefore, when it comes to dreams and visions, you should look for the Light of your Saviour, Jesus Christ, and not follow the dreams and visions with the lights of the sun and the moon and man-made lights, as other religions and cultures do. Dreams and visions with the lights of the sun and the moon and man-made lights are from the veil of death, and when you follow the dreams and visions with the lights from the veil of death then you are a child of disobedience.
You cannot have two Gods, you cannot worship our Lord Jesus Christ while you fellowship with dreams and visions and the interpretation thereof. Therefore, you cannot mix your faith in the Word of Christ with faith in the dreams and visions of the veil of death. If you do, you give the devil an insurmountable stronghold in your life.
The emphasis is on dreams and visions because it is only through a dream or a vision that you can see the two spiritual kingdoms. The two spiritual kingdoms are:
- The kingdom of Satan with its veil of death, that is also known as the heavens, and whose appearance in dreams and visions is with the lights of the sun and its light, the moon and its light, and man-made lights like, a fire, an electric light, a candle, or a lamp, etc.
- The Kingdom of the Son of God, Jesus Christ whose appearance in dreams and visions is with the heavens opened by His fiery Cloud of the Glory of God with His Light of Eternal Life in the Holy Spirit.
From John 3:36 we can learn that when we do not believe on, or obey, the Son of God, then we will not see life – that is, we will not see the Light of Everlasting Life.
Everlasting life is also known in the Bible as Eternal Life. John 3:15, 16 reads, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Both the words “eternal” and “everlasting” from these two verses of Scripture are translated from the same Greek word “aiōnios”.
The Testimony of God in 1John 5:9-12 (EMTV)
- 1John 5:9 (EMTV) says, “If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; because this is the testimony of God which He has testified concerning His Son.”
The Gospel of the Glory of Jesus Christ and His Light of Life in the Holy Spirit is the Testimony of God about His Son Jesus Christ.
- 1John 5:10 (EMTV) continues, “He that believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; he that does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony which God has testified concerning His Son.”
Anybody who does not believe the Gospel of the Glory of Jesus Christ makes God a liar. For, God gave His Gory to His Son Jesus Christ. (See Dan. 7:13, 14)
- 1John 5:11, 12 (EMTV) concludes, “And this is the testimony: that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that has the Son has life; he that does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
1John 5:9-12 is the testimony of God the Father about His Son Jesus Christ. And this testimony is that His Son Jesus Christ is the Way and the Truth, and the only Hope for anyone to be restored into the Light of Eternal Life in the Presence of the Glory of God. Anyone who does not accept the testimony of the Father about His Son Jesus Christ makes God a liar, and is disobedient to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God bless and guide you.