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John 3:5

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 5 And Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you that unless a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.1

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1 Truly, truly, I say to you that unless a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. The water is not an outward water; it is a holy water that washes your inside and out; it is the spiritual water of the word. From George Fox's Letter 265.

"So Christ the light teaches his people to believe in the light which manifests all things; and they that believe in the light have the witness in themselves of Christ, in whom they believe. They have the witness in themselves, that he is their redeemer, and savior, and their way, their truth, and their life; for with the light they see him, they believing in the light that makes manifest; and after they believe in the light, become children of the light; they witness themselves, that they are sealed, for their belief in the light stands in Christ the light, who has bought and purchased them; and after they are sealed by the spirit of promise, having God's mark or stamp set upon them, they can set to their seal, that God is true in all his promises, in all his prophets concerning Christ Jesus; who taught them to believe in the light. With the light they see, and come to know the "three that bear record in heaven", and the "three that bear record on earth, the spirit the water, and the blood."

And so every true believer, believes as Christ has taught them, to believe in the light, that so they may become children of the light. They have these three witnesses that bear witness in the earth, to bear witness in themselves; and they can set to their seal, that God is true in all his works, in prophets and apostles, and his son; and they shall come to know, and do come to know, the three that bear record in heaven, and the three that bear record in the earth."

From the Word of the Lord within: "The three witnesses: these three clearly must be manifest; eyes have to germinate." You must clearly see the three witnesses with the eyes of your heart, and the eyes of your heart must first be developed, which comes with persistent and patient waiting on God in humble silence to hear and see His revelations from the Word and light within your heart.

To be born of the Spirit is to first have died to the selfish nature on the inward cross of self denial. You must lose your life to save it. You must become an entirely new creature, with a new heart and new mind. This does not happen with reading scripture, saying a prayer, getting wet, or saying Jesus is Lord. If you are born again, your lust and desires have been crucified to the death of self on the inward cross of self denial. Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed [Christ] remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9. This is the final judgment, the Day of the Lord, which occurs to individuals who have prepared the way of the Lord. The true baptism of the Holy Spirit into the death of Christ; this is the sharing of his death. When your selfish spirit has died on the inward cross of self-denial, then Christ joins in the marriage of the Lamb with your soul, and you are born again; as Jesus is resurrected in you to be your true Lord. 2 Cor 4:14,Col 2:12,3:1, Eph 2:5-6, Gal 2:20, Rom 8:1.

from George Fox's Journal:

You must have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings. 1 Pet 4:12-13
If you will reign with him, you must suffer with him. 2 Tim 2:12
if you will live with him, you must die with him. 2 Tim 2:11 (there must be a "dying daily.")
And if you die with him, you must be buried with him, Rom 6:4
and being buried with him in the true baptism, you also rise with him. Col 2:12

There must be "a coming into his death, a suffering with Christ;" and this is of necessity to salvation;
and not temporarily, but continually: there must be a
"dying daily.

In 1 John 5, John carefully defines what are the qualifying experiences of a believer who is born of God, which are summarized here:

  1. a believer born of God keeps the commands of God, and they are not a burden; verses 2,3
  2. the believer born of God has overcome the world by crucifying his sinful nature, (the forbidden cravings, the passionate desires, and the lusts of it), verses 4,5
  3. the believer born of God has seen in his heart by the light that manifests all things the three witnesses in the earth: verse 8
  4. the born again believer has eternal life in him, which is to be restored to the spiritual image of God in true righteousness and holiness. verse 12
  5. the born again believer does not sin and cannot sin because he is protected by his Father from falling to any temptation. verse 18
  6. Jesus is present within the believer, and the believer is in Christ; the believer is in union with Christ and the Father. verse 20

Those who say that they are born-again Christians still living in the fleshly lusts and pleasures of the world, and so still slaves to sin, are maligning the truth and create confusion. From the Word of the Lord within:

Presumption of being born again, instead of experiential reality, is make-believe Christianity.
Such Christianity is of Babylon and the beast with horns like a lamb that the whole world follows.

If you are born again, Christ has been revealed [seen, heard, felt, experienced] in you.
Jesus is resurrected in us
to be our true Lord. 2 Cor 4:14, Col 2:12,3:1, Eph 2:6, Gal 2:20, Rom 8:11

Paul said: it has pleased the Father to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him. Gal 1:15-16

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20
If you are born again, your selfish nature no longer lives, it has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial.

The single scripture verse, taken out of context, which people use to fool themselves to believe they are born again, is:

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. 1 John 5:1
"See," they say — "scripture proves I am born again because I believe that Jesus is the Christ."

If you have been born again, you know Him to be in total control of you; you don't have to search the scriptures to try to prove to yourself that you have eternal life.

Another huge error is to assume that a spiritual experience is to be born again — when it is only your wake up call — it is only God's visitation to you, giving you a hunger for more of him, and motivating you to seek him with your whole heart — to seek to see his face and be in his presence continually.

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor 5:17
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision benefits anything, but only a new creature. Gal 6:15
And put on the new man, who is renewed in knowledge after the image of him who created him. Col 3:10
And put on the newly created nature [of Christ], which is created in God's image of true righteousness and holiness. Eph 4:24
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:53

(John Richardson, 18th Century Quaker Minister): "Except a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." No, the natural and unregenerate man cannot so much as see the heavenly and spiritual kingdom of Christ, which stands not only in power, but also in righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit; and to be born again is not to be done imperceptibly, no more than the natural birth can be brought forth without trouble; and to pretend to be in Christ and not to be new creatures, is preposterous; and to pretend to be new creatures and yet not able to render any account how it was performed, is unreasonable;  for it could not be without our knowledge; for to be born again signifies to be quickened and raised into a spiritual and new life, by which the body of the sins of the flesh is mortified and we come to live a self-denying life. Those who are crucified with Christ are crucified to their sins, so that as he died for sin, we ought to die to sin. In that state we live not after the flesh, although we live, as the apostle Paul said, in the flesh; but the life which these live is through faith in the Son of God. And to supposedly have all this, and much more wrought in us, and we know nothing of it, is unaccountable.