Main references: Jn 8:23; Phil 3:20
(refer to Jn 5:24-29, 6:1-6; Mt 13; Jn 15:18-24; 1 Cor 15:51-54; 2 Cor 5:17)
How can one distinguish between the man born of heaven and the man born of the earth? It is through their seed and fruit they can be distinguished. They can also be recognized as their transformed images appear, and as they take a test through the word planted in their hearts.
Adam was dust. He became a living being, that is, a living spirit, as the breath of life (the word of life) entered into this dust. It is stated clearly in John 6:51-53, people will have eternal life as the breath of life enters into them. Jesus also said in John 3:5-6, one can enter into God’s house, heaven, by being born again of God’s seed and His holy spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, and spirit gives birth to spirit.
Since Adam’s fall, the living spirit within a person has been dead because of sin. The dead spirit within a person, however, becomes alive as God’s word of life (the breath of life) enters into a dead man. This is the resurrection of the spirit, which was dead in the grave [the flesh] (Jn 5:24-29). Furthermore, whoever is born of Adam is his numerator (i.e. children), and he also becomes someone who ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, since Adam originally ate the fruit. The one born of Adam is a person born with sinful genes, and he is nothing but dust and mere flesh whose living spirit is dead. Concerning this, Paul states that death came through one man, and life also came through one man.
The thoughts of the devil want man to die, whereas the thoughts of God want man to live. If Adam, who became a living spirit, had not eaten the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, would his flesh still have returned to dust?
According to Genesis 6, the sons of God became one with the daughters of the earth (flesh), and as a result, they became the same flesh and mortal and returned to dust. Their life (life expectancy) was determined to be one hundred twenty years, and eventually they were destroyed and died.
The history of the Bible portrays the work of God which has been carried out in order to save people whose spirits are dead. God allows people to be born again through the cross of Jesus and the seed of God. God’s will (Mt 7:21) is that we are born again of God’s seed and the spirit, just as it says in John 3:5-6. If anyone is born of God’s seed and the spirit, he is born from heaven. He becomes God’s child and His family. This is the man of heaven born from above. That which is born of dust, the earth, is flesh, and this flesh returns to dust. That which is born of heaven, in contrast, goes to heaven. In other words, the seed of heaven is sown into the flesh, which is dust; once it grows and becomes bigger, the spirit of God, which is likened unto the bird of the holy spirit, comes and perches in it. This illustrates how God (the holy spirit) comes to His Son and unites Himself with His Son as one.
In this way, the one born of heaven differs from the one born of the earth. The place each of them ends up going to, also differs from one another. The one born of the earth does not know what is of heaven (the Bible).
Not all believers are true believers. Just because someone says he believes does not mean he truly believes. A false believer is only a believer superficially, and in fact, he is worse than non-believers. Just because someone claims to be a pastor does not mean he is a true pastor. Only the pastor whom God acknowledges is the true pastor. There were numerous pastors at Jesus’ first coming, but not even one person was a true pastor. All of them were the devil’s pastors. Likewise, there are several pastors at the time of Jesus’ second coming [at the time of Revelation] (Mt 24; Rv 18). However, the only pastor of whom God approves is one pastor: the promised pastor.
Among this great number of pastors, to whom will God entrust the secrets of the kingdom of heaven and the events of the covenant which are yet to be fulfilled?
At the end of the religious world when all nations have fallen down (Rv 18), those who follow their own pastors will be unable to attain salvation. Only when people follow the promised pastor, will they receive salvation. At the end of the religious world, falling from heaven to earth, and returning from the work of the holy spirit to being mere flesh is referred to as the end of the age or the end times (Rv 13). At a time like this, one will not become the man of heaven unless he is born again of the seed of heaven. Someone who is not born of the seed of heaven is born of the earth and is part of the earth, and he eventually returns to dust. Moses, Elijah, and Jesus went up to heaven, and they were not buried under the ground. Anyone born of the seed of heaven is guided by the holy spirit. His citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20), and he will resurrect and bear the holy image of heaven, just like the ones who appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration.
God’s true purpose after Adam’s fall was to remove from people the inherited sin, and to make people reborn of God’s seed and spirit. As the holy spirit of God rests on the people born of God’s seed (the sons), their lives of faith are made perfect, and the purpose and hope of their lives of faith are accomplished.
God has made the betrayers, destroyers, and the savior appear just as He promised in the New Testament Revelation. God has allowed us to know the pastor whom God is with through the appearance of those three entities. He has also permitted us to understand what kind of people will be saved and what God’s promised new kingdom and His promised temple are. Knowing the betrayers, destroyers, and the savior promised in the New Testament is the qualification for one’s salvation. If someone does not know these three entities, how can he be considered a believer?
If one is not born of heaven will be unable to attain salvation, nor will the one born of the earth enter into the kingdom of heaven. It is only those born of God who will be able to go to the kingdom of heaven. Anyone who has perceived the word of promise will say amen to this word.