Born, Again!Written by Joyce C. Lock
Endeavouring to keep unity of Spirit in bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephes. 4:3-6
1.) In beginning, our beginning, everything God makes is good. As infants, we are known for being precious, full of promise; equipped with purest heart of love. As toddlers, our confidence is so steady that we'll run and jump into daddy's arms. And, as preschoolers, we believe everything our parents tell us; with faith unquenchable.
Then begins schooling years, and junk happens. The world isn't filled with love, Santa isn't real, and there are zillions of man made rules. So, maybe, all things are necessary (the good, bad, and ugly) in order to bring us to a place of realizing our need for God.
2.) That perfection is restored with a second birth; at point of Salvation. Our hearts are again filled with love, we want to run and tell world about our loving Father, and everything about Jesus is awesome!
Only, years of religious training begins, and junk happens. The church isn't filled with love, our Father's love is said to be conditional, and there are zillions of doctrines of men. So, all things are for our sakes; in order for us to realize need to seek truth, to replace all lies Satan planted and restore us to perfection of heart that God originally created.
I've heard said that it began at fall, when Satan convinced us God could no longer receive us ... and that purpose of us being here is to discover, all over again, Who God is, Whose we are, and who we are (Three baptisms? Yes.). But also, in this time, what I have discovered is that, moment we believe a lie, we have granted Satan permission to enter. Then, from that point forward, he begins building lie upon lie until our love, confidence, and faith is everywhere but perfection God intended.
3.) If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1 Cor. 15:19 And so, one more time, for our sake, "ye must be born, again," (return to heart, confidence, and faith of a child) to enter into Kingdom of God, Mark 10:15, John 3:3. For it's not in what you know, but who you know, Romans 14:17.
Thus, we personally experience three baptisms in one, three times; of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Perhaps it can be described as 1.) birth, 2.) new birth, and 3.) rebirth ... not unlike process of becoming a butterfly.
But, as we grow in knowledge, we discover Jesus is same yesterday, today, and forever and God is no respecter of persons. Thus, within Bible are three baptisms; getting to know Father, Son, and Holy Ghost ... which counts to be six baptisms. However, only three of them happen at same time (these three are one baptism). For there are three that bear record in heaven, (1) Father, (2) Word, and (3) Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:7
And there are three that bear witness in earth, (4) spirit, and (5) water, and (6) blood: and these three agree in one. 1 John 5:8 Both are all same baptism; first restoration happening all at once ... second restoration a process.
God was God of Salvation even before Jesus came, Psalm 68:20, and a God of grace (Titus 2:11). But, somewhere along way, people lost their way and it took Jesus before they could believe God could ever receive them again. And, here we are, again; many awaiting Jesus to come rescue us instead of having learned by His example.
Be at RestWritten by Joyce C. Lock
~ Be at Rest ~
(suggested midi - Have I Told You, Lately, That I Love You?)
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Psalm 55:6
I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with drops of night. Song 5:2
The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were fewest of all people: Know therefore that Lord thy God, he is God, faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless fruit of thy womb, and fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, increase of thy kine, and flocks of thy sheep, in land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. And Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and heart of thy seed, to love Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all wicked will he destroy. Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Let her be as loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.