If redeemption equals salvation, then what about being reborn or born again. The two are not the same.
It is no wonder then that we believe or self saved and yet remain undelivered from sinful behavior. Knowing this can break a yoke concerning truth erroneous teaching thereof.
A brief glimpse at redemption and the nature of the rebirth process proves without doubt this is right.
Look at the definitions of the two:
Redemption, is an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed. Also note that redemption is a deliverance or a rescue. In theological terms, redemption is deliverance from sin, salvation. Lastly, redemption is atonement for guilt.
We get that, or should get that the above act of grace we can, could, never, redeem ourselves. Elohim sent is one and only begotten Son to save us, period. (John 3:16).
Now Rebirth or reborn which is a new second birth: the rebirth of the soul. A renewed existence, activity, growth, renaissance, or revival.
To be reborn is to have undergone a rebirth.
Consequently, one must note that belief in the Son is all needed to be saved, it is a gift of God, and two we note that to be reborn requires work on our part….it is the case that we are called to work out our own salvation which leads to rebirth…merely exercising belief cannot get us to right thinking.
In AA after we admit we are powerless to help ourselves, and that a Power Greater than ourselves can show us a way out, then we get to work. For those AA buffs, please bear with me I do not know, nor can I remember the steps verbatim, however, I do know what they mean. Thanks for understanding.
Anyway, after the excitement of placing the weight on God where it belongs, we begin to lighten our load even further by doing a personal evaluation of ourselves and admitting wrongs done. This is equal to confession before God and man…they listen you let it all out. (Alcoholics Anonymous, Step 4). (Paraphrased)
This takes work …and there is a continuous seeking of God to help us. Also called, working out our own salvation….according to Paul.
Step (release),step (release), step (release) and finally to a spiritual awakening (Step 12)
These would include making amends, and asking forgiveness. Of course, we must note that not all are willing to forgive us…and keep in mind that in this walk it is not about them for forgiving us, that is their job, just that we make ourselves available and become willing. Well, this helps us to change something about ourselves. What do we think, that we will clean ourselves up and leave destruction and debris all over the place?
Well someone does, and this is the premise of presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice…learning to think soberly which cannot be done with our changing our mind…
Ladies and Gentlemen…pride must go. it kills!
I ask, how do we learn how to be a good neighbor with all that junk still inside of us. We are destined to return to that thing that drove us to church looking for help in the first place, and when we meet…we see that those there are worse than we are.
What is rebirth as Yah see it? Lets look at John 3, which is dealing with spirit transformation which Yah says all should worship him in spirit and in truth. How do we do this, when we cannot stop behaving like the pagan world? We cannot.
“For Elohim did not send His Son to Israel to judge the Israel, but that Israel through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not judged, but he who does not believe is judged already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only brought-forth Son of Elohim.”
We have to get this truth…Belief in the true Name is the only way to rebirth in the spirits which leads to renewal of mind and thinking soberly. Be ye transformed?
What we do are rituals and chanting, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, thank you Jesus! Praise you Jesus. Sunday service, Wednesday bible study, choir practice, usher meeting…all rituals. Yah does not require that of you…who are we serving.
Where is Yah…does anyone remember Yah, whose spirit came in the form of flesh to behold death for us? Where is Yah?
- New Birth of Rebirth?: Jesus Talks with Krishna (Great Conversations) by Razi Zacharias (watchmanresources.wordpress.com)
- FFOZ TV Review: The Good News (mymorningmeditations.com)