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Born Again?

What is the way to eternal life? How do you get into the body of "Christ?" How can you receive salvation? How can you be "born again"? There are many, many people who believe and teach that if you repeat a prayer to "Jesus" (often called the Sinner's Prayer), that you will have the answer to the above questions. These people are sincere, truly believe this, and will be found in all denominations of so-called Christianity.

Since so many people believe this, it must be true. Right?

There is only one way to find the answer to that question. You must study the scriptures, see what was said by whom, to whom, and for what reason, if you expect to grasp the meaning of the scripture. If you take someone else's word for what the scripture contains or means, you are putting your eternal life in their hands. The only one who I choose to trust with my life is our Sovereign Yahushua haMashiach of Yahuwah. How about you? Our Sovereign and Savior Yahushua haMashiach (the Anointed) had some things to say on this subject that apparently these people did not listen to. Or if they were listening, they didn't understand. (See MattithYahuw [Matthew] 16:16) His Apostles had a lot to say on the subject also, but many that heard did not believe, or chose to modify what was said to suit themselves. i.e., The Sinner's Prayer.

Let us see what was said about gaining forgiveness of sins at the Grand Opening of the Assembly (the called out) of our Sovereign. First, the apostle Keph (Peter) preached that Yahushua is the Anointed (Mashiach, or Christ), the only begotten Son of the Living Elohiym, and that He died for us and was resurrected by the power of Yahuwah to reign forever. Keph implies what was stated by Yahushua, namely that if you don't believe this, nothing else matters. You are already condemned. Then Keph said when asked by those who heard him AND believed what he was saying, that you must repent, or think differently about your relationship to Yahuwah, and be buried by immersion in water where your sins would be taken out of the remembrance of Yahuwah. Then, and only then, would you receive the gift of the Sacred Spirit.

Once you understand, believe, and do this, you are born again. Born "again" implies that there was a death. You cannot be "reborn" unless you first die. When this is applied to a repentant sinner that death occurs when true repentance is made. Since that "old man of sin" is now dead, there is but one thing to do with him, and that's to bury him. Since it wouldn't be physically healthy for this repentant sinner to be buried in the usual manner of dead bodies, something else is done instead. Because the death of the sinner was in the likeness of our Sovereign's death when He carried all of the sins of the world, he will likewise be buried in the likeness of the Yahushua's burial. Then, since he has died and been buried in the likeness of the Sovereign's death and burial, he can then be reborn in the likeness of our Sovereign. This is the rebirth of which Yahushua told Nikodemus in Yahuchanan (John) 3:3. (See Rhomaios [Romans] 6:1-11) This is what qualifies someone to be called "born again".

Below you will find two verses that set out the only method found in the scripture to be born again, to find the way to eternal life, get into the body of Yahushua the Anointed, or receive salvation after you believe. The concept contained in these two verses are verified and confirmed throughout the Greek scriptures to be the way. Please don't take my word for it. Go study it for yourself and you'll see.

Because of people who say words to the effect that immersion being a requirement for the remission of sins and receiving the gift of the Sacred Apart Spirit is only my "interpretation" of what the scriptures say, I have listed these same two verses from several translations that I have. All of them say the same thing, and there is NO WAY for this to be an interpretation. Read what it says, believe it, and then obey. I have not corrected any of the renderings in these verses so many of the renderings will show the pagan influences of the translators.

Acts 2:37-38

(King James) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

(New International) When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(Revised Standard) Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(New Revised Standard) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?" Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(New King James) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(American Standard) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do? And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(New American Standard) Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(Confraternity) Now on hearing this, they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" But Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

(Diaglott) And having heard this, they were pierced to the HEART, and said to Peter and the OTHER Apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" And Peter said to the, "Reform, and let each of you be immersed in the NAME of Jesus Christ for the Forgiveness of your SINS and you will receive the GIFT of the HOLY Spirit."

(New World Translation) Now when they heard this they were stabbed to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men, brothers, what shall we do?" Peter [said] to them: "Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of YOUR sins, and YOU will receive the gift of the holy spirit."

(New Life Study) When the Jews heard this, their hearts were troubled. They said to Peter and the other missionaries, "Brothers, what should we do?" Peter said to them, "Be sorry for your sins and turn from them and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. and your sins will be forgiven. You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

COMMENT: The phrase rendered "BE SORRY FOR YOUR SINS" is translated from the Greek (using the English alphabet) metanoeo. This word does not mean "be sorry, feel remorse, etc.," for your sins or any thing else like that. What it does means in the Greek is "to think differently, or to reconsider." Feeling sorry for your sins, but continuing to do them, does NOT constitute repentance. Only when you reconsider what you are doing and change your mind about doing it is it true repentance. Also, the last two lines of this translation is only one line in the Greek texts and it is rendered as such in non-paraphrased translations.

(New English) When they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the apostles, 'Friends, what are we to do?' 'Repent,' said Peter, 'repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'

COMMENT: The word rendered REPENT only appears once in the Greek texts. The word mashiach, which is rendered MESSIAH does NOT appear at all in the Greek texts. (Added by the translator for emphasis maybe?) The word rendered FRIENDS is from the Greek word ADELPHOS that literally means brother (not friend).

(Living Bible) These words of Peter moved them deeply, and they said to him and the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?" And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit."

COMMENT: The phrase TURN TO GOD does NOT appear in the Greek texts.

(Good News Bible) When the people heard this, they were deeply troubled and said to Peter and the other apostles, "What shall we do, brothers?" Peter said to them, "Each one of you must turn away from his sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God's gift, the Holy Spirit."

(Catholic Heirloom) When they heard this, they were deeply shaken. They asked Peter and the other apostles, "What are we to do, brothers?" Peter answered, "You must reform and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, that your sins may be forgiven, then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."


Below is the same passage as rendered in The Sacred Scriptures of Yahuwah, Restored Names Version (RNV):

? Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Keph and the remainder of the apostles, "Men and brothers, what shall we do?" {38} Then Keph said to them, "Repent and let every one of you be immersed in the name of Yahushua the Anointed for the forgiveness of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Sacred Spirit."


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C.F. Castleberry
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