"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in
him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." (Eph. 1:3-6)
According to these scriptures and Jeremiah 1:5, we began in Him in the very beginning, before the foundations of the world found in Genesis chapter one. Now, come with me to John chapter three. We have a discussion taking place between Nicodemus and Jesus about being born again. Jesus states in verse 5-7, "except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, you must be born again."
Jesus specifically is telling Nicodemus not to be concerned of how this will take place, don't marvel, or be surprised. Jesus and the Father had the situation handled. Being a religious leader for the Jews, Nicodemus is questioning the details, but can only see the physical realm of possibilities. He immediately brings up the physical birth of an individual, but Jesus is saying there is something beyond that. Being born again does not mean a physical birth, but a spiritual. The real individual, the real "I am" is spiritual.
In the beginning Adam came into the creation of God as an immortal flesh, as the image of God. Adam brought sin into creation by the flesh. The Spirit of God that was in him literally had to be veiled from Adam because of Adam's denial of who he really was, preferring to eat off of logic and reason instead of life. Afterwards, Adam heard the voice of God walking in the garden, outside of Adam instead of within him. Since the Spirit of God had to be veiled from Adam, his body no longer had the force within him to manifest eternal life. (All things in the beginning came from God, and it was the Spirit of God in him which made his flesh immortal.) Adam brought mortality into existence to where man could die physically. Jesus came to the earth to restore all things (there's that word all again, Selah.). Man was first restored back to be a spiritual being by the resurrection of Jesus from the death on the cross. The real me today is a spirit, not a body. The body is the house the Spirit of God lives in. The more revelation I receive by the Holy Spirit, of who I am, the more transformation of Christ in the body will take place. We must demand that our flesh be obedient to the mind of Jesus Christ, and that our mind is His mind hearing the Spirit of God in us.
To be born again is to declare that the real you is the Spirit of God resident in you. Where God lives He doesn't share His house with anyone (Satan, sinner, flesh, human, etc.). When we identify ourselves with these words we are lifting up an antichrist spirit and denying our true identity. Sounds like something the Woman did with the serpent in Genesis 3.
The day you found out that the real you is the Spirit of God in you was the beginning of the revelation of your true identity that took place in Galatians 2:20. When Jesus was on the cross you were there with Him; and when He was in the tomb you were buried with Him; and when He rose from death and lives forevermore you rose with Him. Being a believer declares the knowledge of what Jesus did 2000 years ago on the cross you were a part of. The flesh is only a house, but not the real you that already died on the cross with Him.
Let's read Hebrews 9:24-28.……….
"For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entered into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
Wow!! As I write these scriptures there is so much our Father is saying, but let me highlight just a few points to get you thinking. To understand the work that Jesus did as a sacrifice of Himself, and then entering the Holy of Holies once, and for all, takes some understanding of what the High Priest did on the Day of Atonement for the children of God. The High Priest wore a garment called the ephod made of stones that represented all of God's people separated into different tribes. This was worn everyday as an intercessor to bring mercy and forgiveness to the people from God. On the Day of Atonement it was removed, and only white garments were worn. The entire formality of the ceremony performed by the High Priest going into the Holy of Holies was the total cleansing and remission of sins for all the nation of Israel. Since the sacrifices used were of a different kind, the cleansing of sin and restoring a relationship with God had to be done yearly. In verse 25 of Hebrews 9 we read the word "others." This word is referring to the same kind. Jesus had the same blood as us which allowed the putting away of sin to be done once for all. It was not the blood of animals of a different kind that had been previously used by the High Priest.
"It is appointed unto men once to die," men died 2000 years ago, but after this the judgment. The judgment is mercy that is supposed to come forth. Verse 28 follows: "and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." This is for today. You look in the Bible to see how God sees you in Christ, through the finished work. Jesus Christ's identity is in you.
Now, let's back up a moment to this word "judgment." It is appointed unto men once to die which was done on the cross according to Galatians 2:20, then the judgment. What does scripture say in reference to this word? Turn to John 5:22, "For the Father judges no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son." There's that word all again. If this scripture is true, that God doesn't judge anyone because He gave it all to the Son, then the great white throne of judgment needs to be re-thought out. God is not sitting on this huge throne somewhere, out there in space somewhere, ready to place sentence on mankind, selah. Go to John 5:27, "and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of Man."
Let's continue on with more scripture: John 7:24, "Judge not according to the appearance but judge righteous judgment." This is the judgment of God that He gave to Jesus to execute on men. John 8:15, "Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man." Can this be true? Jesus says he judges no man. It doesn't distinguish between believers and non-believers. It says NO MAN. He confirms this with the next verse: "And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true" (John 8:16-17). John 5:22 tells us the Father doesn't judge, and John 8:15 tells us the Son doesn't judge…..Selah.
Lets continue on in scripture………….John 9:39, and Jesus said, "For judgment I am come into this world that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind". Very simply, those that do not judge will see Jesus, and those that judge will be blinded by the truth of who Jesus is and the work he did on the cross.
John 12:31-33, "Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die." (Funny how we like to skip over the 3 letter words like now and ALL). He states the "now" occurred at his death, burial, and resurrection. The work that he finished was judgment of sin that separated us from a relationship with the Father. The deceiver, utilizing the Tree of Knowledge was cast out of the world. He has no more power except what we give him through the power of words we create that are not His creation. Jesus' death and resurrection fulfilled the will of God that none would perish (2Peter3:9), and by the finished work all men will draw unto him.
Revelation 14:7, "Fear God and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of water."
Revelation 18:10, "Standing a far off for the fear of her torment, saying, alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come." Babylon is the adulteress church that takes God's word to bring judgment and condemnation instead of unconditional love and forgiveness. The one hour of judgment is when Jesus hung on the cross. He hung on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil to do away with that tree. He declared "IT IS FINISHED" (John 19:30).
John 19:7-8, The Jews answered him, "we have a law, and by our law he should die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; and went again into the judgment hall and saith unto Jesus, whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer." The Jews represent religion speaking. True faith has no laws. The judgment hall was a place that all nations were judged.
In one point of time we have the government of God, the government of religion, and the government of the world congregating in the same area. The government of religion is justifying by legalism; the government of the world is justifying by power motivated by fear (read vs. 10). The government of God is silent. God is not intimidated by religion, law, power, or fear. When you know who you are in Christ Jesus there is no need for proof. The fruits of His Spirit spring forth found in Galatians 5:22 that over ride all other natural manifestations. The Spirit of God in Christ Jesus has NOW no condemnation (Romans 8:1).
To close this teaching we repeat John 19:30 where Jesus says "It is finished." He completed all of the will of God, and restoring all which began in the beginning. John 19:31-36 shows us that religion does not accept the finished work of Jesus. There is always something more that Jesus has to do. They don't see themselves as Paul describes in Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Religion is still looking up at the cross seeing Jesus hanging there. "They shall look on him whom they pierced" (John 19:37).