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Two Births, Two Deaths, Real Consequences

Joseph Morrow - April 08, 2013

birth, choice, consequences, death, die, flesh, life, live, Nicodemus, perish, preach, rebirth, reborn, resurrection, spirit
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As I was reflecting upon John 3.1-15, Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, I noticed Jesus forces us all to make a choice. Whether we are aware of this or not it is still very much a decision we will have to make. This, "Choice" takes place after we are born into flesh, birth No. 1, and consequently before birth No. 2, birth into The Spirit, if it even occurs dependent upon the choice. Thus it is certainly made before the first death, the death of the flesh. While our flesh is still alive and before our flesh dies we must make a choice, again whether we are aware of it or not, to either be born twice or to die a second death. Revelation 20.6 speaks of the second birth (Resurrection), and death; "Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years."

We all are born once and as a result of the fall, also die once. Both are physical, tangible, and of the flesh. The second of either of these is that of which Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus, the second birth or the second death both of which of the spiritual plane. In the instance of rebirth, it is by no means by any doing of our own. It says in John 3.27 that, A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given from heaven. Truth and light are only given by He who is those things, our King Jesus. It is He who gives us the eyes to see. It is He who makes us aware of eternal things. It is He who draws our spirit out, away from the desires of our flesh and into Him who is Spirit. By our choosing Him over ourselves we are born out of the flesh, dying to self, to be reborn, resurrected, into the Spirit. Therefore to deny Jesus is to deny the second birth. So when someone who won't believe perishes it is not only their flesh that dies but also their spirit. This "Second death" however is not the end for their spirit, but the casting out of it into the lake of fire, thus being eternally separated from God. Revelation 21.8 "But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." If it is true that God is life, then it is also true that to be separated from that which is life is to die. Jesus spoke of this "Death" on multiple occasions; Matthew 13.41-43, "The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear."

So we are left to the choice. (1) Self-worship and idolatry = Flesh is born, Spirit is stifled, body dies, spirit dies, eternal separation from God who is the definition of love, truth, and life. (2) Jesus = Flesh is born, Christ grants vision, He is chosen above self, death to self, spirit is born, body dies, we are spared the wrath of God that we so deserve by Jesus' receiving it on our behalf, spirit lives, we are eternally in the presence of He who is love, truth, and life.

For a people who vastly believe in "A higher power" and that a spirit lives within the walls of our flesh it would be easy enough to believe that both body and soul are born, and both may perish.

It's bad enough to die one time wouldn't you say? If we as Christians happen to know of a way for the spirit to live, flourish, and never perish, by what right do we withhold such knowledge? We haven't the luxury of such a right! Preach the gospel brethren. If you saw a deadly snake approaching a person unaware of it would you say anything, or would you just let it bite them and watch them die in anguish? Preach the gospel brethren! If you don't you may as well be passing out revolvers. Jesus commands us to preach. This choice is a very real one. The consequences are dire, and we have information that could change the world! Shall we pray for courage and boldness in the face of the enemy who would have us be silent just a little longer? Long enough for someone to die before they can fall in love with Jesus! Say His name. Say it boldly! Proclaim it from the rooftops! Before it's too late. For the furthering of the Kingdom and all to the Glory of the King. King Jesus.