The Born-Again Experience: Now or Later? Part 3
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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
September 11, 1999

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009

Human Pregnancy And Childbirth, New Creatures In Christ,
Spiritual Milk And Meat, No Growth Without Birth, Spiritual
Pride, Knowledge Versus Love, Spiritual Children, The Inner
Spiritual Man, Spiritual Maturity Results In Spiritual Fruit
Spiritual Blindness Of Jews, Children Of Kingdom Cast Out,
Not With Observation, The Invisible Kingdom, Veil Removed,
Christ's Millennial Rule And Rod Of Iron, Concluding Remarks

It becomes evident from studying the Scriptures, that none
of the writers of the New Testament described the born-again
experience as being some kind of an embryonic spiritual
state in which we all exist until Christ returns to redeem
our physical bodies. Not only did they believe in and teach
a full spiritual birth, but they also discussed spiritual
growth as well. Obviously, growth cannot occur, if birth has
not yet occurred; at least not the growth which they clearly
describe in the verses I will be sharing with you. As we've
already seen through quite a number of Scriptures, Paul and
the other Apostles clearly viewed the physical Redemption of
our bodies as a future event, while they also viewed the
Salvation of our spirits through the remission of our sins,
as an accomplished fact which took place at the time in
which a person first received Christ and the in-dwelling of
the Holy Spirit. This is what has come to be known as the
born-again experience, which Jesus discussed with Nicodemus.

Now, if you are old enough to read this, then you are also
old enough to realize that the natural result of repeated
sexual intercourse is pregnancy; unless steps are taken to
prevent it. At the same time, pregnancy ultimately results
in the labour process; which itself leads to childbirth.
There is really no natural way around this. It is ordained
of God. Not only is the baby more than ready to come out,
but with most mothers, at least with God-fearing ones who
respect the sanctity of life, and who don't selfishly murder
their babies through cold-blooded abortion, they are also
very eager to bring their child into the world.

From the beginning of the pregnancy to the end, it is quite
a job, and a responsibility, for any mother-to-be, to bring
that baby to full term. After the initial morning sickness,
she is confronted with months of putting on extra weight;
plus the possibility of increased heartburn due to the baby
displacing her stomach; not to mention an increase in lower
back pain; plus all of those sleepless nights because it is
difficult to find a comfortable position in which to sleep;
not to mention increased bathroom runs. So by the time those
nine months are up, and labour has passed, that poor mother
has had enough! Yes, it is a blessed event full of joy, but
oh what a relief it is; right moms? As Jesus said:

"A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her
hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child,
she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is
born into the world." John 16:21, KJV

So the point I wish to make here, is that just as human
sexual intercourse may result in pregnancy and the eventual
birth of a child, when God's loving Spirit has intercourse
with us, His human creations, it too results in spiritual
rebirth; that is, in a new life, and in a new creature in
Christ; just as Mary's union with the Holy Spirit resulted
in Jesus' conception in her womb. The Apostle Paul was
clearly aware of this fact; and this is why he wrote:

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new." 2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV

But exactly what kind of creature is this? Is it just some
kind of spiritual embryo which is waiting to be fully born
at the time of Christ's Return as my friend believes? The
Apostles certainly do not seem to have held such a view. As
the following verses clearly indicate, they believed in full
birth; that is, in the birth of a new babe in Christ Jesus:

"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need
that one teach you again which be the first principles of
the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of
milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk
is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even
those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to
discern both good and evil." Hebrews 5:12-14, KJV

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that
ye may grow thereby:" 1 Peter 2:2, KJV

Now, obviously, if Peter and Paul viewed new Christians as
mere spiritual embryos, then there certainly would not be
this talk of giving them milk, much less meat, as we see in
the previous verses. Milk, be it physical, or the spiritual
milk of the Word, can only be given to a baby which has been
fully born, here and now. From these verses, we can gather a
few other bits of information as well. For example, notice
that Peter says 'that ye may grow thereby'. This is a clear
indication that not only did the Apostles believe in a full
born-again experience at the time one received Christ, but
they also believed that spiritual growth should occur from
that point on. This is why in his comments to the Hebrews,
we also see Paul writing 'But strong meat belongeth to them
that are of full age'. That certainly indicates a regular
cycle of spiritual growth.

Common sense dictates that it is impossible for one to grow
spiritually, if he has not even been born again yet. The
problem that Paul seems to have been encountering with the
Hebrews, is that due to their pride, some of the Disciples
felt that they were spiritually mature enough to be teachers
of the rest of the flock, when in Paul's opinion, they
apparently were not. Perhaps this is why Paul felt that he
had to knock them down a few levels in order to teach them a
bit of humility. As we read in the Book of Proverbs:

"Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised
is wisdom." Proverbs 13:10, KJV

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit
before a fall." Proverbs 16:18, KJV

From reading Paul's Epistle to the Church at Corinth, it
appears that he may possibly have encountered the very same
problem with those brethern as well; for in it he wrote in

"Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we
all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity
edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he
knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love
God, the same is known of him." 1 Corinthians 8:1-3, KJV

Of course, it is also possible that dear Paul may have been
speaking of himself; because only a few chapters later, we
find him writing the following lines regarding his own
personal battles in the flesh:

"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, and have not charity, I am
nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2, KJV

Regardless of whom Paul was writing about, surely his words
apply to us all, and we would each do well to take heed to
them. What we have seen thus far then, is that not only did
the First Century Apostles believe in a full born-again
experience, but they also believed that spiritual growth
should occur following that event, as a result of seriously
studying and obeying the Word. Naturally, just as a physical
baby does not immediately mature into a full-grown adult, it
becomes apparent in the Scriptures that neither the Lord,
nor His Apostles, expected this of their followers either.
In fact, Jesus quite often referred to His own Disciples as
children, thus indicating that through their belief in Him,
He considered them to be spiritually reborn, but not yet
full-grown adults. Consider the following verses which
verify this point:

"And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to
our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these
stones to raise up children unto Abraham."
Matthew 3:9, KJV

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the
children of God." Matthew 5:9, KJV

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that
curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may
be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he
maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and
sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
Matthew 5:44-45, KJV

"And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the
bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them?
but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken
from them, and then shall they fast." Matthew 9:15, KJV

"The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say,
Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of
publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her
children." Matthew 11:19, KJV

"The field is the world; the good seed are the children of
the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked
one;" Matthew 13:38, KJV

"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted,
and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the
kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3, KJV

"But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them
not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 19:14, KJV

"And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus
answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is
it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom
of God!" Mark 10:24, KJV

"And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had
done wisely: for the children of this world are in their
generation wiser than the children of light."
Luke 16:8, KJV

"Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the
angels; and are the children of God, being the children of
the resurrection." Luke 20:36, KJV

"While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be
the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and
departed, and did hide himself from them." John 12:36, KJV

"Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall
seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye
cannot come; so now I say to you." John 13:33, KJV

"Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat?
They answered him, No." John 21:5, KJV

Following Jesus' own example of addressing His followers as
spiritual children, even though they were physically grown
men, or at least young adults, we find that the Apostles did
the very same thing in their Epistles which were addressed
to the brethren who were scattered throughout Israel and
Asia Minor. Consider the following verses which verify this

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we
are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs
of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer
with him, that we may be also glorified together...Because
the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage
of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of
God." Romans 8:16-17, 21, KJV

"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ
Jesus." Galatians 3:26, KJV

"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by
Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of
his will," Ephesians 1:5, KJV

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;...For
ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the
Lord: walk as children of light:"
Ephesians 5:1, 8, KJV

"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the
day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness."
1 Thessalonians 5:5, KJV

"As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according
to the former lusts in your ignorance:" 1 Peter 1:14, KJV

"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye
sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:...I write unto you,
little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his
name's sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have
known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you,
young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write
unto you, little children, because ye have known the
Father...Little children, it is the last time: and as ye
have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there
many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last
time...And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he
shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed
before him at his coming." 1 John 2:1, 12-13, 18, 28, KJV

"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth
righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous...In
this the children of God are manifest, and the children of
the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God,
neither he that loveth not his brother...My little children,
let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and
in truth." 1 John 3:7, 10, 18, KJV

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
world." 1 John 4:4, KJV

"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we
love God, and keep his commandments...Little children, keep
yourselves from idols. Amen." 1 John 5:2, 21, KJV

"The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love
in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have
known the truth;...I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy
children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment
from the Father...The children of thy elect sister greet
thee. Amen." 2 John 1:1, 4, 13, KJV

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in
truth." 3 John 1:4, KJV

Continuing with our current parallel, children do not remain
children forever; neither do they remain teenagers. There
comes a time when they must mature into full-grown adults,
who can not only care for themselves, but who can care for
others as well. Thus, while the Apostles did address their
followers as spiritual children, they also let them know
that they, and the Lord, expected them to grow into the full
stature of the inner spiritual man. Consider the following
verses which highlight this point:

"Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in
malice be ye children, but in understanding be men."
1 Corinthians 14:20, KJV

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his
glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the
inner man;" Ephesians 3:16, KJV

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we
henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of
men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to
deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into
him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:...But ye
have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him,
and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That
ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be
renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the
new man, which after God is created in righteousness and
true holiness." Ephesians 4:13-15, 20-24, KJV

"Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old
man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is
renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created
him:" Colossians 3:9,10, KJV

"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need
that one teach you again which be the first principles of
the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of
milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk
is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even
those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to
discern both good and evil." Hebrews 5:12-14, KJV

"Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before,
beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the
wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace,
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."
2 Peter 3:17,18, KJV

As I explain in other articles, such as 'Are You Just A Baby
Huey?', 'The Parable Of The Tree And The Storm', 'Once Upon
A Time: A True Story', and 'My Personal Vision And Your
Challenge', once we have grown to spiritual maturity, then
the Lord expects us to begin to bear fruit for His Kingdom.
As I also explain in the series 'Is Jesus The Only Begotten
Son Of God?', this is a major part of God's overall plan,
that is, to create an entire race of born-again children,
who will populate His coming Kingdom. In fact, according to
God's own Word, we will be like gods to the rest of the
world in the time to come; but this can only happen if we
grow and mature now, and begin to bear fruit of our own, as
we see by the following verses:

"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also
shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
Psalms 1:3, KJV

"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that
winneth souls is wise." Proverbs 11:30, KJV

"And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as
hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some
thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred."
Mark 4:20, KJV

"But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest
and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring
forth fruit with patience." Luke 8:15, KJV

"He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree
planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit
thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of
his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit
on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth
it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it
alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung
it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that
thou shalt cut it down." Luke 13:6-9, KJV

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall
into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it
bringeth forth much fruit." John 12:24, KJV

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every
branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and
every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may
bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word
which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As
the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in
the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the
vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in
him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye
can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth
as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast
them into the fire, and they are burned...Ye have not chosen
me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should
go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:
that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he
may give it you." John 15:1-6, 16, KJV

"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law
by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another,
even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should
bring forth fruit unto God." Romans 7:4, KJV

With these verses, we have now completed the full spiritual
cycle. We began with the born-again experience which begins
in this current life when one accepts Christ and receives
the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, and we have ended with
the good fruit which should result once that new spiritual
creature has matured into the full stature of the man, or
woman, of God.

So returning to the verses which began this series, what
Jesus was telling Nicodemus, is that his error, like so many
other Jews of that era, such as the revolutionary Zealots,
was that he was trying to understand things with his mind,
instead of seeing them with the eyes of his spirit. He was
looking for the Kingdom of God to come physically in the
flesh, when it had already begun in Spirit. Many of the
oppressed Jews of that time were looking for a Saviour who
would literally free them from the cruel bondage of Roman
Imperialism, just as Moses had freed them from cruel bondage
in Egypt several thousand years before. Because they were
temporal creatures of this world, some of the Jews were
blinded to the truths of the Spirit, by the false god of
this world; Satan himself; as we see in this verse:

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto
them." 2 Corinthians 4:4, KJV

All some of them understood was physical Earthly power; and
they thought that the Messiah would at that time restore the
kingdom to Israel. When Jesus failed to do this as they had
expected of Him, they went from crying 'Hosanna to the Son
of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest'; to 'Crucify Him, crucify Him!...His
blood be on us, and on our children!'. In fact, as I point
out in other articles, they were probably outraged even more
when Jesus told them that the kingdom would be taken from
them, and given to a nation more worthy than themselves. The
Apostle Paul wrote all about the children of the flesh, and
the children of faith. Consider the following verses:

"But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into
outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of
teeth." Matthew 8:12, KJV

"Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken
from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits
thereof." Matthew 21:43, KJV

Even the Lord's own Disciples at first had a difficult time
understanding that the real Kingdom which He brought them,
and the real liberation which He offered them, was spiritual
in nature. It is for this reason, that even after He had
been raised from the dead, and just prior to His return to
the Heavenly Realm, we find the following incident occurring
in the Book of Acts:

"When they therefore were come together, they asked of him,
saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the
kingdom to Israel? 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. 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. And when he had spoken
these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a
cloud received him out of their sight." Acts 1:6-9, KJV

Like Nicodemus, the Apostles still hadn't understood that,
at least for the time being, the Kingdom of Heaven would not
come by physical observation; it would not be a physical
kingdom upon the face of the Earth; and it would not bring
physical liberation to the Jews from their Roman oppressors.
The Kingdom of God could only be seen by those who were born
again of the Spirit; and that is why Jesus then commissioned
His followers to go into all the world and preach the Gospel
to every creature, as we see by the previous verses. Jesus
brought spiritual liberation, and new life, for those who
accepted His words of truth. Consider the following verses
as well:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal
the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised," Luke 4:18, KJV

"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free...If
the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free
indeed." John 8:31-32, 36, KJV

"And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom
of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom
of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say,
Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is
within you." Luke 17:20-21, KJV

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his
marvellous light:" 1 Peter 2:9, KJV

Just like the invisible wind which the Lord used as an
example in order to try to help Nicodemus to understand the
invisible nature of God's Kingdom, for the past two thousand
years, God has been recruiting new members into His spirital
Household, through spiritual Rebirth. This worldwide Nation,
this worldwide Kingdom, just like the wind, has remained for
the most part invisible to the blind children of the world;
because they have not been born again spiritually; and thus
they cannot understand the things of the Spirit. In fact,
such things are foolishness to them, as we see by this verse:

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he
know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV

However, someday, and hopefully very soon, in our lifetimes,
the veil is finally going to be lifted, and everyone will
understand; even the Jews. In fact, as I explain in other
articles, such as in 'Is God A Racist?', Paul tells us that
the current blindness of the Jews, is for our own benefit,
until the full harvest of Gentile souls is brought in.
Consider the following verses:

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of
this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits;
that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the
fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall
be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the
Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For
this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their
sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your
sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for
the fathers' sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are
without repentance. For as ye in times past have not
believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their
unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that
through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath
concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy
upon all." Romans 11:25-32, KJV

When all has been fulfilled according to God's perfect Will,
the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is going to return in
the Glory and the Power of His Father; and the Kingdom which
is only seen now through the eyes of faith, will become a
physical reality upon the Earth during the time known as the
Golden Age of the Millennium. At that time, beginning with
the Battle of Armageddon, the Lord Jesus Christ will crush
all of the rebellious governments of the world, when He
rules them wtih a rod of iron. Consider the following
verses, which you will also find in such articles as 'From
Armageddon To The New Earth':

"Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands,
which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and
clay, and brake them to pieces...And in the days of these
kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall
never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to
other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all
these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."
(Daniel 2:34, 44)

"Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will
declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my
Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall
give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the
uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt
break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in
pieces like a potter's vessel." (Psalms 2:6-9)

"Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures,
The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become
the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is
marvellous in our eyes?...And whosoever shall fall on this
stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it
will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and
Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he
spake of them." (Matthew 21:42, 44-45)

"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon
this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)

"And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank
of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was
Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:4)

"This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner."
(Acts 4:11)

"Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I
lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he
that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you
therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which
be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the
same is made the head of the corner," (1 Peter 2:6-7)

"And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end,
to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule
them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall
they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father."
(Revelation 2:26-27)

"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all
nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto
God, and to his throne." (Revelation 12:5)

"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he
should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod
of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and
wrath of Almighty God." (Revelation 19:15)

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices
in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign
for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15)

"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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

At that time, Jesus' prayer will truly have been answered,
when He said 'Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven'; and we will reign with Him as well, if
we are faithful now. With these inspiring thoughts, I am
going to bring this article to a close. I pray that it has
been a blessing and an inspiration in your life. It won't be
long! Be thou faithful unto death, and He will give you a
Crown of Life! Are you born again? It's not too late!

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