It is sometimes good to study the Bible in the languages it was originally written.It gives you a well rounded perspective and deeper understanding of the Scripture.So,God willing you will see more Hebrew and Greek terms being explained in my subsequent posts.
Let’s set the ball rolling with a summary of the last article:
“Whatsoever/pas/ is born/gennaō/ of God/theos/ overcomes/nikaō/ the world/kosmos/…”-1John 5:4a
I wrote in the last post that ‘whatsoever’/pas/ does not just refer to ‘persons’ but also ‘things’.Let’s check its usage in English language.
According to Cambridge Dictionary,it is used after a negative phrase to add emphasis to the idea that is being expressed.For example:
My school did nothing whatsoever in the way of athletics.
I don’t think they’ll have any idea how I’m feeling.None whatsoever.
In other words,it is used to emphasize negative statement.Its synonym is ‘at all’.
In our text there is no negative statement, so let’s come up with one:
‘Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world’ in a negative statement can then be rewritten as:
No one born of God is overcome by the world.None whatsoever.
What did you just notice in that sentence? We have succeeded in reordering the words such that the real subject of our text is no longer ‘whatsoever’.Can you guess what the subject is?
Halleluyah.Let me share what the Holy Spirit taught me about the concept of being ‘born of God’:
There are two Adams in the Bible and their descendants automatically become who they are:
“The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit”.-1Cor 15:45
|FIRST ADAM||SECOND ADAM|
|FIRST MAN||SECOND MAN|
|LIVING BEING||LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT|
The most important difference between them is what happens to their descendants:
“Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.”-Romans 5:19
While Adam was created by God from the dust of the earth,Christ was born of God by the Spirit(No human conception took place).The descendants of the First Adam are born of the flesh,those of the second Adam are born of the Spirit.This is in consonance with Christ’s words on this:
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”.-John 3:6
So who is born of God? The answer is simple but deep in meaning:
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God”…1John 5:1
Yes…Just believe that the Second Adam is the Messiah,the Anointed one,the Son of God.But is that not a simple thing to do? Hmmmmm.Yeah it is simple but many people that even confess this do not understand what it means.Let me explain:
For you to be able to experience spiritual rebirth(‘genetic’ reconstitution) you must understand that the same way Eve came out of the First Adam,those born of God are also brought forth from the Second Adam(Christ).While Eve became Adam’s bride,you also become the Bride of Christ!!! This is deep! Your belief in this changes your ‘spiritual DNA’ from being a flesh of Adam’s flesh to being born of God/Spirit.Halleluyah! So if you don’t believe that the Second man(Jesus) that came into the world some 2000 years ago was the Christ,then you are not born of God because His life/Spirit cannot flow into you and most importantly you cannot overcome the world!
If you want to overcome the world,then bow down your head and confess that Jesus is Christ.
“For whatsoever (is born of God)(believes Jesus is Christ) overcomes the world…”(Italics mine)
I have to go now.See you here on Saturday.