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Your Birth Into God’s Family

As we all know, God had a great purpose for creating mankind. Those who are a part of the true Church of God know that God is reproducing Himself.

Just what will life be like when you and I are born again into this Great Royal Family?

As we all know, the birth of a new baby is an exciting event, after several months parents or grandparents experience a special exhilaration as our new son or daughter, or grandchildren is finally born into this world. We enjoy the new life that comes from us or our children, we look forward to watching them grow and mature in the years to come.

We want them to enjoy life and have every possible opportunity for a successful life.

However, mankind does not have a clue why there is life on this earth; they overlook a greater birth process. The majority of professing Christianity believes that after death the soul goes off somewhere in the universe to sit at Jesus Christ’s feet for all eternity.

Some people believe when we die, we enter life as an animal or another person. Some people wonder if God even exists, others could care less if God does exist. Then there are others who deny that God exists, so they live their lives materialistically.

But the fact is, God does exist and it is His plan to bring many sons and daughters into His family. “And God said; let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth” (Gen. 1:26). Now compare this statement with the pattern established in verses 20-25.

Notice verses, 22, 25 these living creatures were to reproduce after their own kind, the creatures of the sea, and of the air and land. So in verse 28 God told Adam and Eve “to be fruitful and multiply” after the human kind, made in God’s image. The God Family is reproducing itself after its own kind through man.

In Genesis 2:7 God says we humans are formed out of the dust or elements of the ground. So fulfilling this awesome purpose requires more than just the creation of man, since we are composed of the dust of the ground, it requires a resurrection to life as a spirit being.

The apostle John tells us in John 4:24 “that God is a Spirit;” He isn’t composed of the elements of the ground.

The Bible describes this resurrection to spirit life as a birth process. Nicodemus was a religious leader among the Jews during Christ’s earthly ministry. He didn’t understand what Jesus was talking about, and neither does modern Christianity.

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that thou doest except God be with him” (John 3:1-4).

“Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said unto him how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” (Verse 7) “Marvel not that I said unto you, ye must be born again.”

It is God’s desire that we be given eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rom. 8:29).

In other words, our birth into God’s family will come later. We are to inherit the characteristics of the God Family, just as a baby inherits the characteristics of his parents through genetic transfer. And because of Pentecost, we now have God’s Holy Spirit to impregnate our human spirit with spiritual genes; and those genes are found in Gal. 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control.

Since no man can come to God (John 6:44) then it is God that leads us to repentance and baptism. When hands are laid upon us, then God impregnates us with the seed of His Holy Spirit.

Now if repentance is all we have to do, what is the purpose of the church, why did Jesus Christ establish a spiritual structure called the Church? “I will build my church” (Matt. 16:18), but why? Also why did He establish a ministry?

“For the perfecting or equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:12).

We are to be fed the spiritual food we need by God’s True Church which holds the keys to salvation. It is through a life time of growing in the character of God that this new birth is coming in which we will be born into God’s family.

In order to become members of God’s Family, a transformation has to take place, like that on the Mountain of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-9). This is why Jesus Christ had to be resurrected from the grave. For our birth, we must be resurrected or changed at the twinkling of an eye at Christ’s second coming. “Behold I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (I Corth. 15:51-53).

At this point we become Gods, yes, actual members of the God Family, serving under God the Father and Jesus Christ. “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons or children of God; therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.

“Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:1-2). It is hard to believe what our potential really is, but the Bible is very plain about why we were created.

We are far superior to animals, we humans are not limited by instinct that guides animals, we can think, reason, plan and build in ways animals can’t. We humans exist on a much higher level but we are limited of necessity, in comparison to Members of the God Family.

“For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun. For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity” (Eccl. 2:22-23).

But even the sorrow of this life, should motivate us to want our inheritance in the God Family. But some in God’s Church don’t have the vision to see beyond their sorrows, to the glories of God’s Kingdom. But this hope we have in us, for a better life should help us endure this human existence. We need to picture in our minds what it will be like when we enter the God Family. Can you envision yourself functioning in the expanse of eternity ruling with other gods in the Kingdom of God?

Rev. 20:4 last part; “And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” We will be helping God fulfill his will and carrying out duties that our minds are not yet able to contain. “But as it is written; eyes have not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Cor. 2:9).

What will life be like when our human limitations are removed? How will we function in God’s government? What incredible potentials lie before us? What are some of our present limitations and what will it be like when those restrictions are removed?

TRAVEL Today, we are pretty mobile, the oceans are no longer a barrier, and men have traveled to the moon and back, but all this travel takes time. Not only that, but traveling can be very tiresome at times. As members of God’s Family, traveling will be enjoyable and quite easy. How fast will we be able to travel, maybe at the speed of thought, the speed of light has its limitations, so we will travel faster than the speed of light.

We know that Jesus Christ ascended to His Father’s throne in one day, now we don’t know just where that throne is, but Christ made it in the same day.

As a member of God’s Family, solid objects will not be a problem for us; we will be able to pass right through solid objects, just as Jesus Christ did. With our capacity to travel, we will not be limited to a small geographical area. We will eventually be able to travel to the far reaches of the universe, since we are to inherit all things (Rev. 21:7). Did you ever wonder why God created the vastness of the universe? Is it possible that one day the God Family will inhabit each and every heavenly body created by God? The scriptures state that there will be “no end to His government.”

One thing that imposes a lot of our limitations is time. Our limited human life span is very limited compared to eternity. “The days of our lives are 70 years. And if by reason of strength they are 80. Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow. For it soon is cut off, and we fly away” (Ps. 90:10). There are so many things to do, but not enough time to do them! Eternal life will end that problem. Time will be unlimited. God inhabits eternity and so will we.

“For thus say the High and Lofty One, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy places, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isa. 57:15).

Not only will there be enough time, but God will give us plenty of worthwhile and exciting things to do with our time. There will rulership over cities during the first 1000 years of Jesus Christ’s rule. Read Luke 19:17.

After that, we will deal with those who were not called in this age, who will be given renewed physical life (Rev. 20:5) After that the new heavens and new earth will be established, giving us even greater responsibilities in the God Family.

Eternity will be full of enjoyable activities. God enjoys a host of fine things, the clothes He wears, and the music and singing He enjoys, you will have the ability to hear billions of angels sing.

Another limitation of the human body is energy. We are reminded of our limitation after a period of exertion. We all need periods of rest, and some can’t function well even when rested because of sickness. The Spirit life will literally radiate with energy as Jesus does. You can read about that in Rev. 1:12-16. Isaiah 40 verse 28 says, “The Creator of the ends of the earth faints not, neither is weary.” You can receive that same energy. Psalms 121: 4 says “he that keepeth thee will not slumber or sleep.” What could you do with an extra six to eight extra hours a day?

No longer will we complain of being too tired. How comforting this is for us who are getting along in years, the sick, and the quadriplegic to inherit a spirit body.

Scientists tell us that we only use about 10% of our mental ability. If this is true, then this is restrictive in a world of so much knowledge. But what is more damaging is the lack of godly character that we sometimes exhibit even if truly called and converted. How many don’t properly control and apply the abilities we do have. Intelligence is one thing, but the ability to act on something we understand is another. Spirit life will wipe away these problems. We will have more than just a portion of God’s mind, we will have it all.

God’s memory is incredible, David tells us in Ps. 147:4 “God names each of the billions of stars and numbers every hair on our head.” This is what is coming with our new birth. That same type of mental capacity, but more importantly, we will exhibit the totality of God’s character.

You people, who are now reading this article, just think about it for a moment. In the God Family, you will be filled with wisdom, and understanding, counsel, proper knowledge, love and judgment as was Jesus Christ (Isa. 11:1-4). How wonderful life will be when we have the mind of God, no more headaches, disastrous decisions or bad attitudes. We will have well-functioning minds that will serve us and others for all eternity.

Mankind’s sins have ruined our surroundings, polluted water, caused poison-laden air, overcrowded and decaying cities, slums, loss of natural habitats, with litter everywhere. People themselves contribute heavily to life’s unpleasantness. They flaunt sin before others (Isa. 3:9).

We are affected. We become victims of rebellious people, dishonest salesmen, strife on the job and the lures of sin as portrayed in the media. Because of others, life can become a source of misery. Oppression from sinful men can be so bad that we cry out for deliverance as David did (Ps. 59:1-4).

We cannot let ourselves be overburdened by this world’s evils; God has promised to deliver us from them. Read Acts 3:20-21. God is going to send Jesus Christ back to us, and He is bringing the Kingdom with Him, and under His rule the conditions that exist today, the misery and heartaches will disappear. The God Family will be free from the anguish caused by sin.

Read Revelation 21:3-4 for inspiration to lift you up when you are down, this is real and it is going to happen. In God’s Family we will be filled to the brim with happiness. “Thou will show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16:11).

God, in anticipation of our birth into His Family, reveals Himself as a God of love who wants to share His joy with us. “Well done good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matt. 25:21). Also read II Peter 3:9.

All people will have the opportunity to be saved and share His glory together, and that includes you. God wants you in His glorious majestic Family for all eternity. Are you, as members of His Church preparing for your birth? Can God see in your life the changes required (Rev. 2:26; 21). Are you eating the spiritual food the church is giving you? If you are, then you are awaiting and are assured of, the greatest birth ever, into the Family of God!

And, how about those of you who have not committed to repentance and obedience to our Creator? Would you not like to have this hope of birth into God’s Family dwelling in you? Think beyond the here and now! Think eternity! The decisions you make today will affect your eternal life. May God help you make the right decisions.

 
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