In John 3:3 Part 1 I briefly talked about what the words being Born Again means. Today I am going to briefly talk about the idea that you go to heaven the very second you die that is being pushed in many Jewish Christian (Judeo-Christian) churches these days, because both ideas are being pushed in the mainstream churches these days as being related to each other. It's true you do have to be Born Again to see God's Kingdom, but not in a typical Judeo-Christian sense. I posted last year about the idea of Christians flying off into the heavens the very second they die, click HERE to see this post. I will cover again some of these points.
John 3:3 tells us that we must be Born Again.
If being born the first time brings you into existence from a state of non-existence, then being born a second time, or being “Born Again” by definition, would bring you into existence a second time from a state of non-existence also, not just be transformed from one state to another. The reason I say non-existence is because when we die we will have no cessation of our senses nor time. We could be resurrected many years in the future after we die, but the time will seem immediate to us. We will be born into a spiritual existence when we are resurrected from the dead when the Messiah returns and brings the Kingdom of God to earth. Praise the Lord! 1Th 4:16, and Rev 21.
The concept of the second birth was taught to Nicodemus in John 3:5-6 and is necessary to enter the Kingdom John 3:3. For this time you are born of flesh and when you are born a second time during the resurrection you will be born as a spiritual being, just a the Messiah did when he was resurrected. This was confusing to Nicodemus because he thought you had to literally have a second physical birth v.4. In Matthew 22:30 the Messiah made it clear that when we are resurrected in the second birth or become spiritually "Born Again" we will be as spiritual beings like angels, but of course will not become angels. The Apostle Paul makes the point of this spiritual body in 1 Corinthians 15 verses 35-58 and v.44 explains exactly what the Messiah was telling Nicodemus in John 3:6.
Many who promote the modern day concept of being “Born Again” by saying a sinners prayer will also tell you that you fly off into the heavens when you die, when the bible tells you the opposite. I have heard the argument before that to be absent from the body is to be present with the lord 2 Cor 5:8. However, most people do not take the time to also read 2 Cor 5:6 and put these verses in proper context to the rest of the chapter to realize that the Apostle Paul is talking about the walk of faith for the Christian. He was showing the point of being with the sins of the mortal flesh is being absent from the Lord and having the cessation from sin and absent from the sin of the flesh is when and only when can we have a proper walk with the Lord.
The main point that is commonly used to try to prove that you fly off into the heavens is the passage about the thief on the cross in Luke 23:43 where the translator put the comma in the wrong place. In the original Greek and Aramaic there were no commas and was totally up to the discretion of the translator. Because it was put before the word “today” in this verse it changed the meaning and contradicts scripture. The correct translation should have read something similar to “...I say unto thee today, you shalt be with me in paradise." Many will look at what I typed and shake their head in disbelief and believe what I am saying is wrong without taking the time to actually read the Bible by approaching it without a preconceived notion.
Because the Messiah was dead he could not raise himself, otherwise he would not have not been dead. He put his total trust into the Father to bring him out of a state of being dead.
Those who think both the thief and the Messiah flew off into heaven the very day that they were crucified will have a hard time explaining other passages of the bible that contradict this idea such as John 20:17 when the Messiah told Mary Magdalene that he had not yet ascended to the Father after spending 3 days in the earth. This can only mean that Messiah did not fly off to heaven the day he was crucified with the thief. So does the Bible contradict itself? Of course not!
Only mans interpretation contradicts. The words of Father Yahweh is always the same today, tomorrow, and forever.
In closing, I want to stress the point that to be a real Christian and to know God's will for your life you actually have to do something to have a personal relationship with him. This includes but is not limited to obeying his laws, praying often, fasting, and reading your bible.
Praise the Lord!