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1This evening I would like to speak again on the new birth, but this time to tie it into our body change and readying for the resurrection. Last week when we began to look at this subject we took for our text from 2 scriptures which give us our basis for understanding the new birth and how we receive it.
7Now, concerning point number 1, Brother Branham said, in his sermon Mary's belief 61-0121 P:30 "Except a man be born again he cannot even see the kingdom of God." Now, "see" means "to understand." There's a lot of people that say they're born again and can't understand the message of God, can't see the Angel of the Lord. Their eyes are blinded, brother. Except a man be born of the Holy Ghost, the same Holy Ghost that wrote the Word will confirm the Word, and the same confirmation of the Holy Ghost in you... You see what I mean? It will bear record of Itself. Then our spirit bears record with His Spirit, because His Spirit bears recorded of His Word.
8And from IT SHALL BE EVEN AS IT WAS TOLD ME 50-0818 23 Anyhow, "to see" doesn't mean "to look at." The word "see" means "to understand." Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and Spirit, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." In other words, he can't understand the Kingdom of God until he's born again. See?
10Now, we could go on and on with a couple dozen quotes from Br. Branham concerning this evidence of the new birth, but two will suffice since all things are established in the mouth of two witnesses.
12John 1: 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power (exusia, the ability to make a right decision. And what is that right decision? To become what they were ordained to become.) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
13So we see that those who were of such a nature that they were able to receive Him when He was manifested in the person of His Son, these are the ones who He has given power to become sons of God. Now, this tells us in verse 13 that it is not something you can do by your own will, nor can you do it via your own power. But it says that this birth can only be done by what God Himself has done.
14So we see two forms of birth, one that is produced by an act of the flesh and that which is not produced by an act of the flesh, but by the Will of God. Then the one produced by an act of the flesh must tend towards the flesh. But the other that is born of the will of God then must gravitate towards the will of God. Then this is the only birth that will gravitate to the will of God instead of the will of man, because every seed must bring forth after its kind.
16In 1 Peter 1: 23, Peter tells us “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” So we see what it means to be born of corruptible seed, because corruptible seed must produce a corruptible life.
17Now, let’s look at the natural birth to see just how the soul and spirit join together with the body to make a tri-partite being. From his sermon The Comforter 61-1001E P:24 brother Branham said, When a little baby is conceived in the mother's womb, it's just flesh and blood, jumping, quivering. But as soon as it's born, you don't see it, but there's a spirit and soul hanging near that mother to come into that baby just as soon as it's born. Just as soon as that baby is born, God has created a soul and created a spirit to be in that baby just as soon as it's born into this world. That little baby becomes matured, and it begins to learn; then it becomes a living soul when it knows what's right and wrong. Then it's got, just like Adam and Eve, set before a tree of right and wrong. It makes its choice. And then it becomes intelligent. It's growing all the time in God's great economy. And finally it comes down to the end of the road, for this physical body. And just as this body is deteriorating and going away, there is one being prepared to receive it. Just as soon as it leaves here, this soul that's in us now and this spirit leaves this body and goes to another, a young one, a good one, a better one, a one that won't get old, or one that won't pass away. Why, He's a good God. But certainly He is.
18Now, this makes the human being a very complex character, because he is born with a body that has a spirit allowed by God. Then when he is born again, the spirit of God comes into that body, changing the life of that body from mortal to immortal. Then when his soul and spirit leave that body it goes to another Body which is already waiting for us.
20EXPLAINING HEALING AND JAIRUS 54-0216 E-37 What you are here is a reflection of what you are somewhere else. "Those who He called, He justifies." Is that right? "Those who He justified, He has glorified" Romans 8:29. Already in the Presence of the Father, we have a glorified body. Whew! Wasn't that deep? All right We'll find out whether it right or not "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting" Is that right? That's right So right now, and what we are there, is a reflection. Here, what we are here, is a reflection of what we arc somewhere else. So if your deeds are evil, you know where it comes from. You know where your other body's a waiting.
21Then my question is this… If my earthly body is only reflecting where my heavenly body is, then where is my earthly body… is it in church, fellowshipping around the Word of God? Is it in fellowship around God’s Word? Is it studying God’s word to show myself approved a workman that needs not be ashamed? Or is it feeding on the things of the world? Ask yourself where does my joy come from? That will tell you where your soul is reflecting….
22Webster’s dictionary tells us that an Attitude is the position or posture assumed by the body in connection with an action, feeling or mood. A manner of acting, feeling , or thinking that show's ones disposition, opinion or mental set.
23So we can see here that the attitude is a condition of growth. It is the outward reflection of our mind set. And if your attitude is a reflection of what is going on in your heart, then the heart and mind must come into the right disposition first and then the body will only reflect what is on the inside. Once your mind has come to the place of live, die, sink or drown, then your body will follow. So many people walk around with such rotten attitudes that you have to wonder what they have been feeding their souls. The attitude is only a reflection of the inside. Now when we think of the conditions we think of mechanics, but when we think of attitude, we see something different. It is the breach between mechanics and dynamics. You can have all the mechanics right and like brother Branham said, put a live egg under a dead hen and it won't work. You can have all the mechanics right, al the conditions right, but without this link between the mechanics and dynamics you will only be a legalist. The mechanics is the conditions, the dynamics is the Living Word of God in operation, and the little link between them is your attitude.
24God spoke in Genesis 1:11 the law of reproduction when he said, “every seed shall bring forth after its kind.” That means that every seed will reproduce the nature of the original life the seed came forth from.
25And the nature or character of a seed is what distinguishes one form of life from another. The characteristics describe the nature, and our character defines what Life is governing us. Therefore you either have the beast nature ruling in the flesh or you have God's very own nature ruling and living out Itself in you. And there is only one thing we will take with you when you die, and that is your character. It doesn't matter how popular you are, or how much wealth you have accumulated, that will all stay here. When you die you are stripped naked of everything you own, or possess with one exception, and that is your character. That is who you are. That is the essence of your being. And your life here is just a reflection of where you are going. Now, the thing that we are looking at here is the Nature of God in the believer. In other words, it is the God-life reflecting itself out in the believer. But we have a problem. We have this flesh to deal with. And to have the actions and speech of god cannot come until we have a mind like God's own mind. And unless we think God's thoughts we could never do or speak words that are pleasing to God.
26II Cor 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. ROMANS 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. This evening I would like to look at the order of the resurrection, how that the dead come forth first, and then we assemble or gather together with them for a period of time, perhaps a month or so, and sometime during this time, we receive our Body change, and then we go up to meet the Lord halfway between Heaven and Earth, somewhere in an elevated place, or dimension that is greater than the three that we are now living in.
27SEVEN CHURCH AGES 54-0512 97 His great, glorious Presence shall strike the earth. "He cometh in clouds." Oh, I love that. "Clouds," there will be wave after wave of His glory will come across the earth, and the resurrection of the saints shall come…. LETTING OFF THE PRESSURE 62-0518 112 See where we're living, friends. What's the matter with people? Can't you see we're at the end time? It's all over. The next thing will be a sweep will...?... that little group together. In a month or so she'll be gone, as soon as she's gathered together. Well, we're at the end. There's no hope left nowhere. Run to Christ, people.
28SEVEN CHURCH AGES 54-0512 97 "He that was last will be first, and he that was first will be last." How can it be that way? That's the order of the resurrection. I won't know nobody in the generation before me or the generation after me. I'll know those in the generation of this. And every generation will come successfully, right as it went down. "They which were last will be first." Sure, it has to be. See? I'll know my people. The next fellow, my dad will know his people; his grandfather, his people, on down like that. Wave after wave, after wave, after wave, and the saints arising from everywhere, won't that be wonderful
29So we are looking forward to a wonderful time ahead, when the time of the Resurrection sets in an we which are alive and remain will be caught up together with them, and then we will go to meet the Lord in the air. We get our change first and then we go to meet the Lord in the air. That is what we have been speaking of for the past few weeks. Now, as we found in our study that the apostle Paul said, and brother Branham taught as well, that we have already been spiritually resurrected from the dead. That is why we all do not have to die first. There is a group who will be living, and we that are alive and remain to the Parousia of the Lord will be changed in the moment, in the Twinkling of an eye, when the Trumpet sounds.
30I CORINTHIANS 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? 56 The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law. 57 But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. I THESSALONIANS 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
31And what comfort these words bring to us who are tired of this old pest house. But, the thing of it is, is that the Shout has already begun. The Lord has already descended with a Shout. And that Shout is a Message quickly gathering His people. Then the next thing is the Voice which if you will remember in the Alpha Ministry of Jesus Christ, when He cried with a Loud Voice, the graves were opened and many of the sleeping saints arose and came out of there graves after He was resurrected. Therefore the Voice, the Loud Voice is to waken the sleeping virgins as we also saw in Matthew 25, the Wise are awakened out of there sleep, and as Paul said in Hebrews 11 they must have this ministry for they without us can not be made perfect.
32This evening we are going to look at this process of the body change. We know a loud voice is a shout, therefore, I believe that the resurrection has already began. It is a process that happens over a period. The living are spiritually resurrected or awakened from a deep sleep, and then those that sleep in the grave. But the Living are quickened first, then the dead come froth in Life.