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Thankfully, misunderstanding being reborn cannot detract anything salvific from the believer in Christ, but it will most definitely delay spiritual growth in learning to “walk in the Spirit” and in being “conformed to the image of Christ.” I say “delay” and not hinder because everyone reborn is undergoing the same “work” of God within that instills the saint with the “desire” and “ability” for His “good pleasure” (Phil 2:13).

In this passage, there are no given restrictions to those reborn (i.e. includes all reborn) concerning God’s “work in you.” This means there will always be within the believer the desire and ability for His pleasure! Hence, if one professing faith manifests the opposite lifestyle of this “work,” there can only be one explanation—God was not within, because He works this in all who are reborn. To refute this conclusion would be to admit that one could overcome God in His work to impart these elements.

By the believer God can be “quenched” (1 Thes 5:19) and “grieved” (Eph 4:30), but never “resisted” (Act 7:51), otherwise this “work” of God would never be received by any man, due to the sinful nature, which has to be offset by the new nature, via the Spirit (Gal 5:17; Eph 3:16).

This answers to the reason why there cannot be found any teachings among Bible commentators that support opposition to the permanency of faith and salvation!


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  • Hi. Rebirth is the same as born again? If it is yes, then we must understand John 3:1-21. And to be a true reborn people of God, we have to be this people from the book of Revelation. Revelation 12:17 and 14:12. 

    So from here we don't need any others people to teached us how to be a new and true God's children.

    • HI Michel, and thanks for your reply and comments! Yes, rebirth is same as reborn or born again. I agree, only the Word of God can manifest the way to Him, and it's good that it's so plain and easy to understand that "ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him" (1 John 2:27).

      Though union with God is not difficult to know, understand and apply by His Spirit, learning fellowship with Him in "drawing near" comes only with time in His Word and its understanding revealed by His Spirit (1 Cor 2:13). I believe in this life there will always be a necessity to continue to draw ever closer to Him.


      • Okay brother thanks.

        • Thanks Brother Mic for this reply! God bless!

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