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“…but of God were born.”

Refer to yesterday’s reading regarding the Father of lights —–He sends “the True Light” in John 1, let’s begin at verse 9 and go through verse 13:   (I will add some “helps” as you read.)

John 1:9 There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
John 1:11 He came to His own (neuter – “own things” i.e. His kingdom, throne, etc), and those who were His own (masculine – meaning His Own people – the perishing sheep of the House of Israel) did not receive (“paralambano” – to receive near, associate with) Him.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (ability, privilege) to become children (“teknon” – maturing children – not “sons” as in KJV) of God, even to those who believe (present tense, active voice) in (“eis” – into, meaning a motion to an object with the purpose of reaching it or touching it.) His name,
John 1:13 who were born (aorist, passive, indicative) not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (literally: “but of God were born”).

Note verse 13 that when one is “born of God,” it is in the passive voice, meaning the subject was acted upon!  Aorist tense means it was an event, happening at a point in time.  Indicative mood means it is a reality, a certainty from the speaker’s point of view.

No one born of God used their own will, flesh, or blood.  It was all of HIM!  We can understand this from an earthly point of view:  we did not choose our own parents or family.

Acts 16:31 says, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved.  “Believe,” in this case is in the aorist, active, imperative – meaning you perform the believing at some point in time.  Imperative means it is a command.

For this study of “brethren,” we are considering those “born of God.”  And, we will need a working understanding of His NAME.

………….part 2 of week 9/9/13…..


September 12, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", "Born Again" / "Born from Above", Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

Let Love of the Brethren continue…

Heb. 13:1 – “Let the love of the brethren (noun,  singular,  feminine) continue (“abide” – present, active, imperative).”

Take note that this verse is an imperative – meaning it is a commandment.  It assumes that brotherly love has already begun at some point; and, here we are commanded to abide in this condition of love – “phileo” – brotherly love.

Not everyone is our “brother,” so it motivates us to seek a definition.  Wuest says that the word means “from the same womb, thus having the same source.”  Let’s search out the Bible to see ….

To be Biblical, “brethren” will have not only the same birth, but will be conceived from the seed of the same father.  They will be “born of God.”  “Born from above” because every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of light, with whom there is no variation, or shadow of turning.”   (James 1:17)

Verse 18 of James 1:  “In the exercise of His will ( aorist, passive) He brought us forth (to give birth to) by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures.”

– end of part 1 for week of 9/9/13 —–stay tuned, hold on to your seat, this is gonna’ be GOOD NEWS!

September 11, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", "Born Again" / "Born from Above", "Word of God", Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

Sneak preview of LBS for this coming Tues. – 09/27

Fall 2011, Ladies Bible Study – “LIKE BEGETS LIKE”


Unless a person is conceived from above……”

 Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly,(“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you) I say to you, unless one is born again (“to procreate/conceive/brought to the birth is ‘born’ – ‘again’ is ‘from the very first, from the top and from above’” and is in – note this! – the aorist, passive, subjunctive), he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 (“Born” in the above verse is “conceived” in (Mat 1:20)“But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”)


September 23, 2011 Posted by | "Born Again" / "Born from Above", Ladies Bible Study Notes | Leave a comment

1 Peter 1:3-5

I have been studying and meditating upon the phrase, “born of God” and went on a side road to this study:

Text: 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 

Let’s look at these verses in reverse:

  • There is a ready salvation to be revealed in the last time.

  • Faith is the vehicle for the power of God to “keep” the ones intended for this “last-time” salvation.

  • This salvation contains an inheritance – incorruptible, undefiled, and will not fade away.

  • It is the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah, from the dead that procures the inheritance.

  • It is the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah, that has birthed us again and given us hope of gaining the salvation in the last time.

  • It is God’s Abundant Mercy to us that birthed us to a hope of living (as opposed to death) in the last time.

  • Blessed, halleluiah, praise God, the Father for His Son and His abundant mercy!

more tomorrow…..

September 14, 2011 Posted by | "Born Again" / "Born from Above", How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal | 1 Comment

Identifying the overall theme of the book of James


 This sticky note is not dated.  “James presents a series of tests by which our soul salvation’s progress can be determined.  James is concerned about the development of soul salvation.”

 Soul salvation was understood by some of these early believers; but hardly understood nor taught to believers of today.  However, those who have “ears to hear and eyes to see” will seek to know this doctrine that is so plainly and simply put in 1 Peter 1:3-25:

3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 ¶ In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,

7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

10 ¶ As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,

11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.

12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things into which angels long to look.

13 ¶ Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,

19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.


25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you. (NAS95)

 See what I underlined in verses 3 & 23 ?  “Born again” here is NOT the same as in John 3:7.  This one actually means “born again” not “born from above.”  This begetting, here in 1 Peter, is to a salvation that will be revealed at the “in the last time,” (v.5) compared to “now” in the next verse  v.6.  Hopefully, this salvation will result in “Praise and glory and honor at the revelation (appearing) of Jesus Christ” – v.7.

 In verse 9, this salvation (of the soul) will prove to be an outcome of our faith.  “Faith” is a noun and has to do with the lifestyle we are living now – after being born from above.  Read again the lifestyle of faith in verses 13-17.

 These verses are plain and simple and there are many others concerned with this salvation of the soul to be revealed at the last time.  Beware of the tradition of men.  Read these verses again and again before heading back to James; then, you will understand James 1:21 “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.” (NAS)

 Compare the “seed” in 1 Peter 1:23 to the “word implanted” in James 1:21.  Then read about the “seeds” and “soils” in Matthew 13:1-23.  This parable is explained in verses 18-23.  Then – reread verses 10-17.

  To whom is our Lord speaking? (disciples)

What is their question? (“Why do You speak to them in parables?”)

Our Lord’s answer to the disciples?  (“…to you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them (the multitudes v.2) it has not been granted.”)

 In a nutshell:  The salvation of the soul will be revealed in the last time – the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is NOT the salvation that we commonly have at this present time (See Jude 3).  Soul salvation has to do with our present possession of faith that lives in the “things to come” and is “pleasing to God.”

 James deals with how we work the faith now and warns of impediments to this faith that could lead to dire consequences in the “age to come.”


August 5, 2009 Posted by | "Born Again" / "Born from Above", 1 Peter 1:3-25, James, on faith, Soul Salvation, Sticky notes | Leave a comment


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