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   Born Again vs Saved

By Don Byrd

“All scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16).

How true this is. All Scripture is given for the things listed in 2 Timothy 3:16. However, all Scripture is not given for revelation of “Messiah in you” according to Paul. How can I say this? I do so because no one prior to Paul, except Yahshua of Nazareth, knew about such a thing as the revelation of “Messiah in you” the hope of glory. Paul’s gospel does not have its origin in Judaism. Confirmation: “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Yahshua Messiah, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,” (Romans 16:25). Paul was the first Biblical writer to know what a born-again child of Yahweh is. The preaching of Yahshua Messiah is not according to doctrine, it is not according to reproof, it is not for correction, nor is it instructions in righteousness. Paul’s preaching of the gospel is according to the revelation of the mystery. “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Yahshua Messiah, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,” (Romans 16:25). No one prior to Paul, except Yahshua of Nazareth, knew what “born again” means!

This is my understanding of why Paul does not use the phrase “born again.” No one would know that being born again even exists without John’s and Peter’s writings. This leads me to believe it was not used very often in the early church. This is because they are the only biblical writers who use the term “born again.” Neither of these two writers explains what born again means. Since this is true how do we know what being born again means? To learn and understand the new birth believers must include the writings of the Apostle Paul. He is the one whom Yahweh the Father appointed to write what born again means. Paul had written his last epistle many years before John’s Gospel was written. John’s Gospel is where two of the “born again” phrases are found. This leaves 1 Peter 1:23 as the only other place it is found prior to Paul’s death. The apostle Paul probably never heard the phrase “Born again.” This limits the possibility to Peter’s writing which means Paul, in all probability, never heard the born again phrase pertaining to being “in Messiah” and having “Messiah in you!” Peter and Paul did not have very good relations with each other because of Paul’s gospel of grace. According to Warren’s chronological dates 1 Peter was written in 64AD. Paul wrote Philippians and 1 Timothy in 65AD and 2 Timothy in 68AD. These are the only writings of Paul after 1 Peter was written. However, Paul does use the phrase new creature which tells us everything we need to know about the new creature and the new man. “Therefore if any man be in Messiah, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). It was not necessary for Paul to use the born again phrase because of Paul’s “in Messiah” and “Messiah in you” phrases which is the fullness of being born again and the fullness of the new creature!

There are so many scriptures refuting the statement someone made about being “born again” is not the same as “saved” it is not possible to do it without devoting many months to it and it is probably an enless endeavor. An example of this: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to Yahweh for Israel is, that they might be saved.” (Romans 10:1). “For I bear them   record that they have a zeal of Yahweh, but not according to knowledge.” (Romans 10:2). “For they being ignorant of Yahweh’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of Yahweh.” (Romans 10:3). Messiah is the only righteousness of Yahweh in existence 1 Corinthians 1:30.

Revelation is given so born again believers will understand what it means to be “born again” and have “Messiah in you” as the only source of life in you. The spiritual things revealed to us come directly from the Holy Spirit and do not need to be reproofed, corrected etc. We normally compare spiritual things with natural things and this eliminates the revelation process. Only the Holy Spirit has the ability to compare spiritual things with spiritual. “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:13). Because of this I attempt to rely solely on the Holy Spirit as my leader. How did Paul follow Messiah? He depended on the Holy Spirit to led him in the things “in Messiah” this is why he tells us he had abundance of revelations.

“That the man of Yahweh may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:17).

This is Paul’s description of a child of Yahweh: “But when it pleased Yahweh, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:” (Galatians 1:15-16). Yahweh’s purpose for allowing people to have a physical birth (who separated me from my mother’s womb) is to reveal his Son in me. This is analogous to “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory:” (Colossians 1:26-27). “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Yahshua Messiah.” (Galatians 1:11-12). The revelation process is required to be able to understand the mystery. Paul has abundance of revelations through the ministry of the Holy Spirit 2 Corinthians 12:7.

“Messiah in you” is the only source of life in born-again believers. Scripture very plainly declare Messiah is our only life. Confirmation: “When Messiah, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4). “…Now if any man have not the Spirit of Messiah, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of Yahweh hath not life” (1 John 5:12). Most born-again believers have no awareness of “Messiah in you” and live their lives on earth as though there is no Messiah in them. Most born again believers do not know about the revelation process and live their lives as though it does not exist! The “in Messiah” and “Messiah in you” phrases is the most predominant phrase in the New Testament. This makes it the most important phrase in the entire Bible. In my own personal research I have found these two phrases at least 150 times in Paul, John and Peter’s writings and it is not found in the Old Testament.

Other Biblical writers wrote and spoke of the physical birth of Yahweh’s Son through little Mary. Prophets, Priest, Kings and others prophesied many of the things we know about Yahshua of Nazareth. They wrote spoke of the town in which He would be born. They prophesied about His birth, life on earth, miracles, events etcetera on earth. However, not a single one of them knew about the birthing of “Messiah in you” which was first revealed to the Apostle Paul. It was Yahweh’s secret until revealed first to the Apostle Paul and Paul shared it with others. Confirmation: “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Yahshua Messiah, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,” (Romans 16:25). John and Peter had access to Paul’s Epistles. Paul died around 64-68 AD and John’s Gospel was written 90 and 95AD. If you read Paul’s Epistle and then John’s Gospel this becomes evident. Confirmation: “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:23). Peter did read Paul’s Epistles. Confirmation: “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:15-16).

Jew and Gentile Identities Destroyed

“That at that time ye were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without Yahweh in the world: But now in Messiah Yahshua ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Messiah. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto Yahweh in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:” (Ephesians 2:12-16). Both Jews and Gentiles have an “old man” which is the death-sin-nature inherited from Adam. When the old man of Romans 6:6 was destroyed the middle wall of partition between Jew and Gentiles was gone forever! “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6). The old man is Jews and the old man is Gentiles. Both Jewish “old man” and Gentiles “old man” were destroyed through the crucifixion of Messiah Yahshua on the cross, and from them came one new man.

To say that only the Jews have access to the born again process is the same as saying the middle wall was not broken down and the old man was not destroyed! If the Gentiles are saved rather than being born again then the old death-sin-nature remains in them and there is no hope for them. Yahweh will never be Father to anyone who has the old man remaining in them. This is a flagrant violation of the dispensation of Grace. Paul’s gospel is the gospel of Grace. To say that only the Jews have access to the “born again” process is the same as saying grace is insufficient for the Gentiles. This violates Paul’s gospel of grace.

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Messiah unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Messiah. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9).

This is a very weak and perverted gospel and whosoever believes it does not read and search the 1611 Authorized King James Version Bible, for sure. If they do they certainly do not believe what is plainly written there. Who is included or excluded in the word WHOSOEVER? To include or exclude only specific race, color, creed, individuals etcetera, destroys the meaning of the word and means Messiah Yahshua died in vain. Only those who are “born again” of the incorruptible seed are the offspring of our Father. If an individual is saved and not born again that individual is not our Father’s offspring and will never live in the Father’s house (John 14).

The word “whosoever” is found 110 times in the New Testament but only 10 times in Paul’s epistles. Why does Paul use it very little in his epistles? This is because Paul’s gospel is a gospel pertaining to our Father’s grace. The gospel of grace includes all of the “whosoevers” who lived during the dispensation of grace given to Paul by Yahweh the Father and Son through the administration of the Holy Spirit!

One of most commonly quoted verses, by sons of Yahweh, is found in Ephesians and contains the word “saved” rather than “born again.” “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Yahweh:” (Ephesians 2:8). This verse does not apply to Jews or Gentiles but applies to anyone who is a “whosoever!” This verse is a violation of the theory that Gentiles are not born again. Grace allowed Messiah the Son to be crucified, die,be buried, resurrected, ascend to His Father, and return to be the only source of life in believers! “But we see Yahshua, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of Yahweh should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). Note the phrase he by the grace of Yahweh should taste death for every man”! The only way Messiah could undergo the crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, ascention, and live in believers is “by the grace of Yahweh” His Father. Grace allowed Him to die for all of humanity not a specific race, color or creed only. His death include ever descendent of the first man Adam. “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45). “For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). Without “His death by grace” there is no such thing as salvation of any kind for humanity.

Anyone who believes the Gentiles cannot be “born again” is one of those Paul describes in Galatians.

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Messiah unto another gospel:” (Galatians 1:6).

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Yahshua Messiah hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:1-3).

Spirit of Messiah

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of Yahweh dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Messiah, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). This is a crucial verse when it comes to understanding the phrase “born again.” The last line in this verse is so very important to born again believers. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Messiah, he is none of his.”

The reason is is so crucial is because it describes the “born again” process. The most important word to notice is the word “Spirit” because it pertains to a birth by and in Spirit. The gospel of John gives pertinent understanding of the “born again” process. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Yahweh is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24). Those who are “born again” have the “Messiah in you” Spirit-nature in them through the birthing process. Notice the phrase born of the Spirit is spirit which is most definitely a birthing process. This process fulfills the Father’s desire to have offspring whom He birthed Himself. This describes those whom the Father seeketh! The word “Father does not apply to Jews it applies only those who are “in Messiah” and ther is neither Jew nor Gentile in Messiah. “For as many of you as have been baptized into Messiah have put on Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Messiah Yahshua.” (Galatians 3:27-28).

My closing thought is “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).