I remember when I got born again. I was sorrowing deep inside myself and my mind really did not know why. All of a sudden, I got a flash that was like a lightbulb turned on in my mind. I knew that I knew that I knew that Jesus was raised from the dead and I had no idea how or why I believed such a preposterous thing. It was preposterous to me because nothing that dies comes back to life, so how could I believe in a human being died and came back to life, since for 3 decades I did not even believe that Jesus existed!!! So faith in His resurrection was just “there.” In me. It was like faith was dropped into my spirit and my mind was activated. That faith on the resurrection has been stuck in me like an immoveable stone. It was seconds after I believed on the resurrection that my spirit was born again.
On the contrary, when the soul “accepts Jesus,” the spirit remains dead. Remarkably, with great subconscious acting skills, the soul can religiously imitate the things of God. The fallen spirit of man, alienated and separated from God is sunk down into the soul so that the soul manifests itself as intellect or sensuality, often in both. In such cases, the soul reigns over both the spirit and the body. The way that the new life reaches the spirit is shown in the Lord’s own words: You must be born again. The Holy Ghost “breathes” where ever He chooses.
Salvation is not the decision of man but the will of God.
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