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Beyond the New Birth

2 Peter 1:8-11 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

The Entrance into the Kingdom is the New Birth

John 3:1-5 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God4 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?  5 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.

The birth of the water is water baptism. This view is the only one that is consistent with the evidence. Most bible scholars agree that the birth of the water is a clear reference to baptism. Mathew Henry, for example, says “It is probable that Christ had an eye to the ordinance of baptism.”

The birth of the Spirit is the Holy Ghost baptism.  This understanding of the new birth is proven by the actions of the Apostles.  Acts 2:38-39; 10:44-48; 19:1-7 all show the same pattern.

1 Cor 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

But, once you are born again, there is something to see, there is something to enter.

The whole purpose of being born is to live life.  One of the tragedies of abortion is that the marvelous miracle of conception and life ends by a surgical instrument or a saline solution before it even has a chance to get started.  First, we have the little wrinkly, red-faced baby—-helpless, hungry and crying.  Then, almost every day, something new happens…he turns over, he stands up…she smiles, she takes her first step…walking, talking…the whole process of growth and maturation takes place until a man or a woman emerges fully capable of handling life.

Jesus said the born-again man will see the kingdom of God.  Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven are used interchangeably.  God established a theocratic kingdom, not a democratic kingdom before the world began.  There was a hierarchy in heaven: God, Michael, Gabriel, Lucifer.  Lucifer rebelled against his authority.

Isa 14:12-15  How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn!  You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!   13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne   above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.  14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”   15 But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.  NIV

Jesus did not come to establish an earthly kingdom.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

But Jesus did recognize a spiritual kingdom that existed in this world.

Luke 11:17-20 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. 18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.  19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.  20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

Paul confirmed this spiritual kingdom of the devil.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

People today often look at the church and say, “Where is this great kingdom you talk about? If the church is the answer, why are we still fighting wars? Why do we still battle against disease? Why do so many people still hate each other? The problem is that we desperately want to see something that will make sense to the natural mind.

  • If you are looking for this world to get better through money and politics, forget it!
  • If you are looking for some magical wind to blow in peace and happiness, no way!
  • If you think a new age tenet of faith called a third paradigm shift is going to occur and propel the world in a positive direction, it will never happen!
  • You must stop looking with your natural eyes and your human reasoning.
  • You must start exercising spiritual vision.
  • Only the born-again mind can see the kingdom of God.

First, let’s begin to see the kingdom of God in the Bible.

  • A kingdom isn’t just walls and gates.
  • A kingdom is power, authority and dominion.
  • A kingdom is a scepter, a throne, a law, a king.

The Kingdom in the Garden

  • The power of choice and creation. Gen 2:7-8 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
  • Sovereignty. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

The Kingdom of God in Jacob.

  • Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

The ancient people of God had an earthly kingdom, but their prophets saw something far bigger, far better.

Num 24:15-19 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:  17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.  18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. 19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.

That brings us into the picture.

Isa 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

This is what happens in the new birth experience.  God reaches back and gets hold of the old testament; he reaches forward and gets hold of the new testament and joins them together.

John 3:7-15 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  8 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.  9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?  10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?  11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.  12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

The born-again man gets his eyes opened and sees far more in Jesus Christ than he has ever seen before! Jesus is the kingdom of God!

John 14:8-11 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.  9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?  10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

  • First, you are born again.
  • Then you begin to see the kingdom of God.
  • Then you begin to look around and see what you’ve gotten yourself into!


Acts 1:6-8 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.


John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.


Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Col 1:12-13 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Beyond the new birth, this is who we are, what we are, where we are!

  • We are residents of the kingdom of God.
  • We are the king’s kids.
  • We are the salt of the earth, the city set on a hill which cannot be hid.
  • We are the apple of his eye; the beloved; the bride.
  • We are ambassadors for Christ; the body of Christ; the workmanship of Christ.
  • We are the great cloud of witnesses; the examples of God’s grace; the vessels of honor.
  • We are the chosen generation, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, the peculiar people.
  • We are the bearers of the blood-stained banner; wearers of the name above every name.
  • We are the hands and the feet of Christ.
  • We have the sword of the Spirit in our hand, the shield of faith on our arm;
  • We have a right to exist; a mandate to go forth; a heritage to look back to; a destiny to look forward to;

The new birth gets us in; the continuing re-birth keeps us going and growing!

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

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