BORN AGAIN! (Part #4) 6-26-2016

posted Jun 12, 2016, 2:49 PM by Dale Barnes

“(God)...has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Co.5:5 NIV)

“...we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.” (Ro.8:23-24 NIV)  

Our receiving God’s life through the “New Birth.” is like a down payment solidifying the promise of a greater event in the future. We are encouraged that what we have now is a taste of that which will come in fullness later.  It is like receiving a sliver of a wonderful pie with expectation of the full pie coming!  Praise the Lord. We are going to receive a new body, like the one Christ now has, (Phil.3:20-21 NIV) It will be free from all the weaknesses and limitations we now have. “Having believed, you were marked in him (Christ) with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption (Christ’s second coming) of those who are God’s possession …” (Eph.1:13-14 NIV)

Remember, all of this is given and promised by God. It all comes by his unmerited favor through Jesus, our Lord. True believers are the people of the future and partakers of the riches of God’s love and grace throughout the ages to come. What a wonder!  “...because of his great love for us. God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ...And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (Eph.2:4-7 NIV)  The new birth by the Holy Spirit is the beginning of our life with Christ for eternity.