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What must a person do to become Born-Again? And what does it mean to be Born-Again?

What did Jesus tell Nicodemus about this in John chapter 3?

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If one thinks about his current state, and what they are doing, they will come to the result that they are not really doing what they should do (this is especially for those who profess a religion). And decide to change. That's when they are born again.

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It is a silly ceremony where you are introduced to someone's invisible friend and then dunked under water to celebrate that introduction.

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I'm guessing you havent truly been born again? some think it a strange experience, and in all fairness I can understand went it seems a bit strange to those who are on the outside looking in. But that "silly cetemony" has life changing and heart changing Power which cannot be explained.
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Well to be born again is to get baptized. And it means that you are free of original sin. ;)

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it means when you believe on Jesus to save you from your sin and you begin a new life. that is why its called born again:)

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Amen! But we also have to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Amen! God Bless and thanks for your response. How was your New Years?
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james, help me keep reminding the world that believing is simply a beginning....
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Can you give me more to understand exactly what you are referring to? I truly believe you are doing great as far as I can see about the things you post. God Bless!
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Believe in Jesus & ask Him into your heart. We become a new person.. Born again. Then we decide to be baptized. We profess in public that we are saved. The water does not save us. It symbolizes that our sins are washed away & that we die to sin.
Basically we are going through death - burial and resurrection.

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Amen! But there are two different Baptisms. Baptism of water and Baptism of the Holy Spirit. God Bless betty.
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James : the spirit is in me but I have not experienced speaking in tongues.
It is a spiritual gift .. Not all get it .. Right ? I asked & did not get it. ... :(
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Actually betty it's a gift for all who want it. Perhaps it's because of the circumstances. Alot of times it can be because you need to have other Christians pray and lay hands on you. Sometimes it comes later. Do you go to a church that believes in speaking in tongues? You need to give me something to go on and perhaps I can help. God Bless!
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Hi guy, you know there are two forms of tongues. I can be in the Spirit with God in worship in my private place & tongues of fire pour from my mouth.
In another language which needs deciphering I have not had the privilege of experiencing. But more so we should pray for interpreting tongues. My spiritual gift is discerning between spirits, I'm sure of it. It just happens for me, has done since I was about 14. Gods gifts are for all, but not all will have the gift of tongues or prophesy etc.
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don't confuse the Tongues that are evidence of receiving the Holy Ghost with The Gift of Tongues that is one of the gift of the Spirit. That's why some people t hink they can't soak in tongues--they are thinking of the verse that discuss THE Gift s of the Spirit
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Btw, Water Baptism is definitely a part of salvation. the Bible clearly states that it in In Water Baptism in Jesus Name that His Blood is applied, and that our sins are remitted.
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The gift of tongues is for everyone. it's a private pray between your spirit and the Spirit of God. Paul said I wish that you all spoke in tongues. It's not a Salvation issue but it is for all.


Mark 16:17-18

17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”


Acts 2:4

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


Acts 10:46-47

46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”


Acts 19:6

6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Speaking in tongues isn't the Holy Spirit it's the evidence of the Holy Spirit. It's your assurance that you are filled with the Holy Spirit.


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Amen! Rmedina. Conformation.
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James : raised in Baptist church but married into pentecostal. Now I am Non Demominational. I asked for gift if tongues but guess I cant relax.
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Sometimes doubt or fear may be a hinderance to. Like we were saying. Have other Christians lay hands on you and just worship and praise God and thank Him for the Holy Spirit. A friend of mine wife was prayed for and didn't get it, but the Pastor's wife told her to just go home and as she was doing chores to just be singing praises and worship God and it would come to her. So she did and it happened.Also you may not speck but a few words but as you continue the Spirit moves you and little by little gives you more. God Bless betty. Let me know if I can be anymore assistance to you.
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Rmedina, what you said about the two tongues is exactly what I've decifered from the scriptures. There's no point speaking a non distinct language to a believer if there is no building up for that believer. It becomes fruitless. The tongues of angels help us in prayer when we know not what to pray. A tongue of another language is to prove to unbelievers, that God is real; For they all spoke in our own foreign tongue, hense they believed at Pentecost. If I'm totally wrong, I'm up for learning.
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shay, u are absolutely right. in fact, that's where some get confused about tongues being not a valid part of the normal Christian experience.....because if u don't understand that in 1COR 14 paul speaks of tongues & interpretations, u would almost think he was doing away with tongues.....of course, careful study shows that he himself says. to forbid them not, and even thanks God that he speaks in tongues "more than ye all"! praying in tongues is a very personal thing--just between you and God. and it is for everyone.
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betty, the best way I can describe tongues is that, you begin to earnestly pray, and keep your mind on God. not on tongues--because that is something that He will do if He desires to. but after awhile of worship or intercession, it seems that your spirit reaches out to a deeper level of God, and that human words no longer can express what u have to say to Him. then He takes over and says it for you......

its humorous but my first pastor used to say its like buying tennis shoes....u get the shoes and the tongues come with them.... don't seek tongues. seek The Holy Spirit and tongues will be there when you find that place in Him
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Romans 6:4 says We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Baptism is how we are born again. It's also commanded, Acts 10:48
It's for the forgiveness of sins, Acts 2:38
It is what saves us, Mark 16:16, 1 Pet 3:22
It washes away our sins, Acts 22:16
It's how we get into Christ, Gal 3:26-27
It's how we get into the Body (church) 1 Cor 12:13
And there is only one Eph. 4:4

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There are two differnt baptisms. The Baptism of water and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Water is symbolic to dying of self and being raise in the Holy Spirit. The theft on the cross was never baptisted in water and yet Jesus said today you will be with me in paradise
Luke 11:9-13
John 20:22
All thouht the book of Acts we find the disciples praying and laying on of hands to receive the Baptism Of the Holy Spirit.

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We don't know anything about the thief. Plus Jesus himself told the thief. Also that was before the Blood was shed. Paul said there was only one. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit only happened twice. On the day of Pentecost to give power to the apostles ,Acts 1:8, and 2:1-4 Also to Cornelius' house to show Gentiles were accepted, Acts 11:15-18 and 15:7 no reason for today. Now there is only one according to Paul.
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Acts 8:17

17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit

Acts 8:14-15

14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

Acts 9:17

17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 10:45-47

45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify
Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

Acts 19:1-5

19 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”
So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.


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Acts 19:6

6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
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That's right, the only way people got the gift was the laying on of the hands of an apostle. Also the gift of the Holy Spirit and being baptized with the Holy Spirit are Not the same.
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Being that there are not any apostles today there is no way to receive the gifts.
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Wrong!
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I don't know where you get you weird ideals, but it's not from God. The New Testament was written for all believers of the faith. All the way up to the end. That's why it's called the New Testament. God doesn't change and neither does His Word. He's the samr yesterday today and forever. Everything written in God's Wor pertains today just as it did back then.
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How's that? Was it done any different in the Bible? There were a purpose for these gifts, tongues etc. Today we do not need them.
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Paul said there was only one baptism, that can't be disputed, so I guess to get to the point, which one is it and why. Keeping scripture in context.
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Show me scripture of Paul saying there is only one Baptism. And by the way Acts 15:7 that you posted says nothing about the Holy Spirit or baptism.

John 3:5

5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

I also noticed on your profile that there is no such thing as saying the sinners prayer or asking Jesus into your heart. Got news for you. I did that very thing and I've been a Born Again Christian for over 30 years and I had miracles happen and I've seen Lives transformed by the thousands true conversions. So for you to make such a statement is being judgemental and saying God's Children are liars
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First, Eph. 4:5 says one Lord, one faith, one baptism, (keep in mind Paul is speaking to Christian) Plus there is not even an example of someone receiving salvation by saying a prayer.
We have no right to change scripture to fit what we desire. Our faith comes from hearing and hearing the word of God Romans 10:17, so a Christian faith came from hearing the Word of God, not some felt feeling, and anything not from that faith is sin Romans 14:23. Although things are seen and felt does not make them a sign of anything, it even makes God word to be a lie. I do not wish to argue or offend you, but Colossians 3:17 says we must have the authority of Christ in all that we do, and I can not agree with worship practices or ideas that are simply not scriptural. Paul said in 1 Corinthians that these things would come to a end once we had the complete Bible, which they didn't have at that time, but now we do. I guess you could say I'm extremely conservative when it comes to scripture. I know from experience that the more " charismatic " churches seem to be more liberal on the matter and drastically add and subtract from scripture to suit their desires to keep "church" more interesting. No offense is meant at all, but if it does not go alone with the SUM (Psalms 119:160) of Gods word, I can not accept it, some feel completely comfortable taking the chance.
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So according to you just because the bible doesn't say a certain thing but yet someone that speak of the same thing in a different terminlogy it'wrong according to you? Example. I believe in the Rapture ( I know you probably don't ) but yet the word Rapture is not in the bible but what the rapture means is in the bible. But according to you it's wrong to say the Rapture cause it's not in the bible correct?
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No that's not what I'm saying at all. Look at the trinity, the word is not there, but there is an example of it. There is a mention of exactly that. With something like "the sinners prayer" not only is the word not there, there is not even an example of it. It's not according to me, it's according to the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

With this scripture alone, we KNOW all we need to know is in scripture. As far as the rapture goes, no I don't believe in it not because the word rapture is not there, it's because it doesn't harmonize with the rest of scripture. Yes it can be pulled out of bits and peaces of scripture, but it contradicts other parts of scripture. But that a whole other study. Look, I'll just say this in Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus says "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'
And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'

Here these people were sure of what they were doing were pleasing to God. They though they were doing right, but that's where their problem is. They though their way was sufficient, when in fact Jesus let them know that it wasn't. Nothing is according to me, and I know how you feel about me saying all this, because I was once there, but once I sat down and carrying studied the scripture, and was careful to keep things in it's context, it was easy to see that many things I was taught were in err. Unlike God, we are not perfect, we are prone to being wrong. It doesn't make us bad people, but we can be sincerely wrong.
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As far as the scripture goes about Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus says "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. That's speak of people with just head knowledge and it never really went to their heart. Therefore if I say what people claim is the sinner's prayer but yet it's not in my heart it means nothing but lip service, But if it comes from my heart then it's true repentance. I was a part of what they called The Jesus People Movement when the Spirit of God was changing lives from the thousands. True conversions. And even though they did just that " The sinners pray" we had discipleship and we were raising people up to be preachers and it was a powerful moving of God. We were having revival we were street preaching, door to door witnessing and everything you can think of we ere on fire. That was over 30 years ago and I'm just as much on fire now at an age of 60 as I was back then.You are always gonna found those who were never serious about serving God no matter how it's done. Has nothing to do with whether it was done this way or tht way. You can't put God in a box only He knows the heart. An as far as the rapture there are other ways of proving the Rapture other than as you say taking pieces and parts of scripture to make ones agenda fit the way they want it to. Also the most important key of all this is What is the Spirit of God speaking to the chruch about? If Christians aren't in agreement about the scriptures then somethings wrong here. God is not a God of confusion He doesn't tell me something and tell someone else something different. So guess what. Someone is wrong and as sure as I'm sitting here I can honestly tell you I have the Holy Spirit living in me. God Bless we're done here.
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Sir, I hope I haven't offended you in any way. I much prefer to converse with someone of your caliber then most of the hotheaded 20 year olds here. We will have to agree to disagree, although I usually don't like to leave things like that. Like I said in pass comments, I tend to be very conservative in these matters. All I have is the Bible to lead me, a very good friend of mine that is a Pentecostal youth minster once told me he is lead by more, I've always told him, I believe he believes that, and he did, but it never changed what scripture says. It's been a pleasure.
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I just have one more question, if I may, I just realized that you asked the question at hand, but then you argued the answer. Can I ask why?
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good point about theif.....to understand his salvation without water or spirit baptidm, u must realize that he died before the dispensation of grace had officially begun: Jesus having not yet died, been buried nor ressurected, this thief didn't have to die in repentance, be buried in wster baptism or be raised again in spirit baptism....under the law, it just took believing and obeying ;-)
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Amen! Because the Holy Spirit had not yet come. After Jesus died He said He would send a comforter The Holy Spirit
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wow you guys....lol you've got quite the debate going on! the Bible is very clear on all of this. There is a difference between the Gift of The Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in tongues & the gift of tongues. the first, according to Acts 2:39, is for EVERYONE, and won't cease until "that which is perfect is come"....we aren't in Heaven yet! And spiritual gifts are alive and well today. Ive watched all of them from time to time....its amazing!

you are right--there is only one baptism per Eph 4:5, but note that what changes is the mode throughout the Bible. and at different periods of time, only one kind was right. which is why how Jesus was baptizef...unto Johns baptidm....isn't ok for us today. in fact, Paul commanded in Acts 10 those disciples to be RE-BAPTIZED in Jesus' Name, per Acts 2:38. Furyhermore, although it is common to sprinkle and not immerse, in Acts 8, 10, & 19 judt for start we read of "much water" and of going down into the water. in fact, the literal greek translation of bautizo is "immerse"

possibly most important of all, few baptoze as Peter, Paul, Phillip, etc etc did: " calling upon the NAME OF THE Lord." Theres only one way--one proper and applicable baptism: in Jesus Name, By immersion. :)
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by the way Jho...be careful! the bible does say "forbid not to speak in tongues" 1Cor 14:39....and explains that it is for personal edification while in prayer. its a communication between u and God that cannot be described and is more precious than anything! Ask God to show you....if its of Him, and u are sincere, He will.
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Amen!
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The perfect that is described in 1 Cor 13:8-13 is typically thought to be one of two things. It is either perfect knowledge of God?s Will (also known as the completed Bible) or the Second Coming of Christ. So, let?s look at the details we are given about ?the perfect? and see which one fits better.

?The perfect? is something that would replace partial knowledge (1 Cor 13:9).
?The perfect? would remove the necessity for prophecy and new knowledge (1 Cor 13:8).
When ?the perfect? comes, christians will still be expected to have faith, hope, and love (1 Cor 13:13).

The third item on that list is proof that ?the perfect? isn?t the Second Coming of Christ. When Christ returns, we will no longer need hope or faith. Faith is trusting in something you can?t see (Heb 11:1); when Jesus comes, we won?t need to have faith in Him ? everyone will see Him and every knee will bow (Rom 14:11). Hope is also something that ceases to exist when Jesus returns. Hope is always in something you haven?t attained yet (Rom 8:25). For example, if a child is told by his parents that they will take him to Disneyland, the child has faith in the parents? promise and hopes to see Disneyland? until the day that he walks into the Magic Kingdom. Hope and faith only exist because Christ hasn?t returned yet. ?The perfect? has to be something that happened after prophecy and miracles ended, but before Jesus? return. The most logical explanation is that Paul is discussing the perfect and complete knowledge that can be found in the completed Bible. Today, with a finished Bible, the church still needs faith, hope, and love, but we no longer have a need for prophecy, and we no longer have only partial knowledge of God?s Will (Jude
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No it's not the Second coming. it's that rapture.

1 Corinthians 13


The Greatest Gift

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

This scripture is speak of Love has nothing to do with the second Coming.
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The 7 year tribulation is a time of God's Wrath being poured out on a wicked and rebellious generation. The only thing keeping the full force of evil out of thie World is the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit no Christian can survive. I'm sure you probably heard all the arguments about the pre-trib but one you haven't heard is about The Bride Of Christ. Everything is a Type and Shadow of things to come. The Old Testament is a book of prophecy a type and shadow of The New Testament. In a Jewish Weddinng a man goes to a Father of the one he wants to marry and pays a price for her. Representing Christ paying a price for us. Then he goes and builds an addition onto his Fathers house for a honey-moon suite. Representing the mansions that Jesus builds for us. Only the father can tell him when the honey-moon suite is good enough to go and get his bride. Representing God the Father only knows when Jesus is to return to get His Bride. And also represents coming like a thief in the night. The bride has no ideal when heis to return. Next come The Marriage Supper followed by the 7 day honey moon which represents The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb and the seven year tribulation.Then when Jesus comes back to conquer the antichrist (the devil ) that's the second coming he comes back with thousands upon thousands of His saints. Who do you think the Saints are? That's us those who took part in the first resurrection.
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Those who make it though the 7 year tribulation without taking the mark of the beast along with the Jewish people will be God's Bride. And they will serve in His temple day and night for etenity. God has divorced Israel but He will take her back after no one wants anything to do with her as spoken in the book of Hosea. The Christians are The Bride of Christ, but the Jews are the Bride of God. The soul pupose of the 7 year tribulation isn't for the church, but rather for the Jewish people to turn to Christ in which they will do in the end.
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We are getting no where here.
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This is all a teaching called premillennialism. You sir are a premillennialist. We can keep going around in circles but I see this getting us no where.
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No I'm a Pre-Trib believer. And I can back up what I believe with scripture. As I said. God is not a God of confusion. And I didn't learn what I learned from man but from the Holy Spirit. Therefore if you believe different then you better search your heart and question whether you do have the Holy Spirit. For I've been Born Again for over 30 years and I know beyond the shadow of doubt that God has given me Spirit decernment and wisdom that come from His Spirit.
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I get my faith from scripture and scripture Alone. God has spoken to all of us through His word. And we can not go pass that.
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Wrong! The Bible says The Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth. If your not Born Again then you know not the Word Of God.
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Well ok, but Jesus is speaking to the apostles in John 16:13.
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Ephesians 4:7-15


Spiritual Gifts

7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:

“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”

9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
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Now who is judging who now?
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I judge no one The Word Of God judges you.
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Again, I'm not gonna continue to go around and around with you. If you want to argue the fact that you have spiritual gifts, them fine. I can only keep scripture in it's context wit the rest of scripture. These things have ended, I can't see it any other way then what scripture clearly states. This is going beyond absurd. I will stop commenting at this point. Not out of defeat but you have been well deceived. People may seem to believe the speak in tongues, however when compared to the tongues spoken in Biblical times they do not match up. I feel the only reason you continue to argue is only for the sake of arguing and nothing else. Good day.
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Just stating the facts. Not arguing. God's the same yesterday today and forever. He hasn't changed. Therefore what He spoke in His Word back then still applys to us today. You can't pick and chose bits and pieces of scripture to fit your agenda. I pray all goes well with you. God Bless!
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that which is perfect is definitely not the knowledge of His will. our knowledge of that won't BE perfect until we are looking from a heavenly view.....and JHO, you have come tob late to tell c those of us who see and experience the gifts daily that they aren't useful or needed now. They are the gifts of The Spirit, and as long as we are living with His Spirit inside us, we must let His spirit wirk through us. I have the same bible.....only mine says that certain signs SHALL follow them that believe.....not up to a certain time, either. when I live with God in a perfect heaven with an immortal body, then I will no longer need those gifts.....
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Why do you need them now?
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1 Corinthians 12:1-11

1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
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Why do you need them today? There was a purpose for these things then. What are they today?
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Without Christ, we are spiritually dead. When we accept Him as our Lord and savior and choose to follow Him, we become alive spiritually, thus born again.

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That's just the beginning. Giving our lives to Christ. There's a process of receiving the Holy Spirit. God Bless!
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Being born-again is supposed to symbolize a new perception of reality. To become a new, and better person. A changed individual

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Yes that's true but how do we go about doing this? We have to be Baptisted in the Holy Spirit. Then we receive power and help to change. And He also gives us the true meaning of the scriptures. God Bless!
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you ask specifically about John 3....Jesus was pretty specific.

John 3:3-8 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith 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? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

verse 5:is where Jesus gets plain. Be born of Water & of Spirit. = be born again

now there is a doctrine that says being born of water is natural birth, but Jesus speaks here of Water Baptism, which He Himself did as an example to the redt of us. Born of the Spirit is literally translated "born from above" and refers to receiving the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:38....Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.



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JamesKaeberle
Amen and Amen! Brother.
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lol..sister...
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JamesKaeberle
Sorry. about that. God Bless!
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