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"Word” and “Beginning” in John 1
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1, NIV)
Born Again: A Jewish Concept
To the first century Jew, “born again” was a term used for certain rites of passage in a man’s life. In Rabbinic Judaism, at least five different events were so labeled:
‘Except a man be born from above,¹ he cannot see the Kingdom of God.’ It has been thought by commentators, that there is here an allusion to a Jewish mode of expression in regard to proselytes, who were viewed as ‘new-born.’ But in that case Nicodemus would have understood it, and answered differently — or, rather, not expressed his utter inability to understand it.
A New Creature
The Old Testament tells of Saul of Benjamin, that immediately after his anointing by Samuel, but prior to his proclamation to Israel, he was sent on his way by the prophet with the following significant words. “Thou shalt meet a company of prophets. . .and they shall prophesy. And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thon shalt prophesy with them, and thon shall be turned into another man.’”¹ And so it came to pass that, at least for a period, Saul became a changed man. The New Testament tells of another Saul, a citizen of Tarsus and a persecutor of the Christians, who on the Damascus Road was overwhelmed by a great light at mid-day—and that light was the Light of the World. And although his physical sight was blinded for a season, the eyes of his spiritual discernment were considerably opened, and he, too, became “another man.” Which was the real Saul of Benjamin? Which was the real Saul of Tarsus? After most startling experiences, they each became “a new creature.”
An Analytical Study in Romans 8: An Expectant Creationle
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
The Messiah and the New Creation
“Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed; but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall have no end.” (Psalms 102:25-27)
New Creation a term denoting the theory of a restoration of the physical universe as the final abode of glorified humanity.