The New Birth from Genesis

shutterstock_672554Genesis 1:1-5  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  [2]  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  [3]  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  [4]  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  [5]  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

The Bible is clear that the material things of this world are intrinsically linked to time, thus the things of this world have a beginning. The Bible speaks of the first evening and first morning, which established the first full day after which all other days would follow. Likewise, the various plants and animals also are said to have had a beginning. God then set them in motion to multiply after their kind and fill the earth. Then came Adam and Eve. For Adam to name the woman “Eve” is also very telling (Genesis 3:20).

Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

“Eve” is the Hebrew word “chavvah” (H2332) and means “lifegiver.” Her being the first woman is Adam’s reason for saying Eve would be the “mother of all living.” Interestingly, the Septuagint uses “life” for “Eve.” This is from the Greek word “zoe” (G2222). That same Greek word is used for the “life” promised in John 3:15-16, which is life that is said to be “eternal” and “everlasting.”

John 3:15-16  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. [16] 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.

Also, in Genesis 1:2, the “waters” there is “mayim.” Strong’s Concordance defines mayim as: waters, urine, and semen. It is the place of where toxins are removed and life begins. That sounds a lot like a womb (think: woman/womb-man). The womb is the place where both waste and life can be found. So, in Genesis 1:2, God hovered of the waste expanse of chaos and brought forth life.

Genesis 1:1-3  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  [2]  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  [3]  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

That account sounds like Jesus’ beginning.

Luke 1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Jesus is the “only begotten” Son of God. According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, begotten means to be “procreated” or “generated.” This definition speaks of a beginning. Though the logos (God’s plan) was from before the foundation of the world (another beginning), the human body through which God inhabited and exhibited His glory had a beginning (see John 1:1-141 Peter 1:20; Matthew 25:34; John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4). Thus, Jesus had a beginning and through Him God’s plan for men to be “Born Again” (another beginning) is now available.

Further evidence of this is found in the Septuagint’s usage of the Greek word “hudor” (G5204) for “water” in Genesis 1:2. That is the same “water” that is used in John 3:5John 19:34Acts 8:36-39Acts 10:47, 1 Peter 3:20. Thus, Jesus telling Nicodemus that he had to be “Born Again” of the “water” and of the “Spirit” (see John 3:3-5) refers to this place of beginning. Nicodemus was in the kingdom of darkness and would remain there unless he was translated into the kingdom of Jesus (see Colossians 1:13Ephesians 5:8). That “darkness” is the Greek word “skotos” (G4655). The Septuagint uses skotos for the “darkness” found in Genesis 1:2.

Today, men and women who are baptized into Jesus through water immersion and the infilling of the Holy Ghost are set free from the power of darkness and become the children of light (see 1 Peter 2:9-11; John 12:36Colossians 1:13Luke 16:8John 12:36Ephesians 5:81 Thessalonians 5:5). This, again, speaks of a place of beginning. The message of the Jesus’ gospel is that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The early Church had the gospel preached to them. They received it and stood in its promise, and they knew that obedience to that message gave them salvation, so long as they kept it by faith (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-2).

Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is the work of the Church. As God leads His Church to make disciples, He uses them as His place of new life (see John 17:20). This is why the “Church,” the “Jerusalem above” (above=celestial) is now become the “mother of all living” (see Galatians 4:21-31), or as said above, the “chavvah” or “lifegiver.”

In the next verses, Paul uses the mothers of Abraham’s two sons, Ishmael and Isaac, to represent the Two Covenants of the Almighty God. The older son’s mother is said to be a “bondservant” (slave), and the younger son’s mother is called a “free-woman.” Paul does not mention Abraham’s wife, Sarah, by name, but instead calls her the “Jerusalem above” (Galatians 4:26). Isaac, Sarah’s son, is therefore the true promise. He was the chosen one through which God’s promised Messiah would come. Thus, Paul references this fact and shows that the law was only the place from which this promise would come, and that now that the gospel is available through the child of promise – Jesus Christ – men and women can and should leave the kingdom of darkness and be translated into the kingdom of light (see Colossians 1:10-19; Colossians 2:9-12).

Those who are “Born Again” in Jesus’ name were before in darkness. The Spirit of God hovered over them and offered life (light) to arise from waters (baptism). This is the order that comes from disorder. This is the life that comes from the “New Birth” that is promised through Jesus Christ (see Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:4-5, Acts 1:12-14, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:4-8, Acts 2:37-42, Acts 4:12).

 

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