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Except a man be born of Water and of the Spirit.

My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me the Fountain of Living Waters,
 and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold Water.

Let us continue to flow with the Spirit of the Word of God, so that we might arrive together, in the Way and the Truth of Christ through the Fountain of Living Water.  As we have already previously laid the ground work, we again remember that John testifies in his gospel, of seeing the Blood and Water, flowing from the side of the crucified Jesus Christ, and later in his 1st epistle, he states: This is He that came by Water and Blood, even Jesus Christ; not by Water only, but by Water and Blood.  For there are three witnesses, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and they are One.

In John's Gospel chapter 3,  Jesus answered and said unto Nicodemus: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.  Nicodemus said unto Him: How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Amen, Amen, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of Water [and (?)] of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. (John 3 verse 3 thru 6.)

The Finale Word of God, the Amen has spoken the absolute Truth.  Except the soul of a man be born again of the Water of the Spirit of God, then he will in no wise enter the Kingdom of God.  For there are Three Witnesses, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and They are One. (1st John 5 verse 7 thru 8.)

When we read the whole of the Messianic Psalm 22, we should understand that the very Life of the crucified Christ of God, was being drained from His crucified body, even as prophesied: I AM poured out like water.  The Lord of Life, came in the flesh of man, to pour out His holy Life Blood upon the earth, as God's Perfect sacrifice, given for the redemption for the souls of lost humanity.  In John 3 verse 5, we note that this portion of the scripture, "born of Water and of the Spirit" is an all-inclusive statement, no matter how you read it.  If the Water and the Spirit are necessary for the new birth, then God's Spirit with the Water, can not be separated, as exclusive from one another.  The English conjunction, "and", is transliterated from the Greek word, "kai", Strong's G2532, and that Greek word, has several additional interconnecting meanings, such as; also, but, even, indeed.  If we insert either the word, "even", or the word, "indeed", for the English conjunction word, "and", then the scripture would be made clearer in its definitive expression.  Witness the following transliteration with the Greek word, "kai":  "born of Water, indeed of the Spirit", or "born of Water, even of the Spirit".  The very soul, being the life of Jesus Christ, was pouring out of His Body, with the Water and Blood that sustained the Life and Soul of the Son of Man.   We conclude that the Water of the Word of God, is of the cleansing Serum Water that had separated from the Life Blood of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is the Fountain of Living Water, and the Living Water that flowed out from the side of the Son of Man, is inextricably One, with God's Holy Spirit of Life.

Within Chapter 36 of Ezekiel is a prophetic Word of God that rebukes the people of Israel for defiling the land with their wickedness, therefore God judges them and sends them among the heathen.  When the people of Israel are in the lands of the heathen they cause the blaspheming of His Holy Name.  The Chapter also reveals that God would bring Israel back to their land, bring a new birth to the people of Israel.

And I will Sanctify My Great Name, which was profaned among the heathen, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I Am the Lord, says the Lord God, when I shall be Sanctified in you before their eyes.  For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments, and do them.  And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be My people, and I will be your God. (Ezekiel 36 verse 23 thru 28)

The natural man, Jew or gentile is born of selfish flesh, and looks to his own self centered cares, a natural fact.  But if a person answers the call of God's Spirit, then the soul of the person will be immersed into the poured out Serum Water of the Life that flowed from the pierced side of Jesus Christ.   We, of the faith of Christ Jesus, are baptized into the cleansing Water of Life that is of the Spirit of the Word of God, and the promised Salvation Seed of God.  Again we note that the Apostle John testifies that the Spirit and the Water and the Blood are One.

If the Holy Spirit of God is One with the Water and Blood of Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit of Life is also the same source of Living Water, as with the Son of Man, and that Essence of Life is One with YHWH God Almighty.  Thus, we are to understand in faith that: That which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.  God is Spirit and His Spirit bears evidence of the Truth, which cannot be seen, even as His gift of faith, is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things that are not revealed to the eyes.  You can not see the Blood and Water of our Salvation, even as you can not see the Holy Spirit of God.  Nor can you see the soul of a man, that is redeemed and sealed by the Blood of Jesus Christ through God's unseen Holy Spirit.  Witness again as the WORD of GOD speaks: In the last day, that great day of the feast, [High Sabbath the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles] Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.  He that believes on Me, as the scripture has said. Out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living WaterThese Rivers of Living Waters will flow from God's Holy Spirit, Who is the Life of the Baptized follower of Christ.  And the Scriptures continues to witness to this same Truth: By this He meant the Spirit, Whom those who believed in Him [that is Christ Jesus] were later to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7 verse 37 thru 39.)

The old wineskins of our dry and hardened hearts, are like broken cisterns that can not hold this flowing Water of God's Spirit of Grace.  But now, through God's gift of justification, born of His Love, we have been given a new pliable heart of understanding, from which the Love of God may flow freely to others that are empty of the Life giving Love of God.  Through our obedient faith, the Fountain of Living Waters of God's Spirit, can begin to spring forth, into the new wineskins of our hearts, and overflow its former bounds, giving life to the dry and parched earthen vessels of mankind.  Our new born life from the Father, should begin to glorify the Son of God, to the Glory of His Father God Almighty. 

The Spirit of God the Father and His incarnate Son, is the Spirit of Truth, and God's Spirit bears witness with the spirit of our minds that we are the new born children of God. (See Romans 8 verse 15 thru 17.)  It is God Elohim, the Fountain of Living Water, Who baptizes the repentant believer into His abundant mercy and pardon, through the poured out Life of His Perfect Son, and our Lord Christ Jesus.  In the new beginning of Life, all past offenses are adjudicated, within God's perfect sacrifice of the Life of His Son, Jesus Christ, and the guilt and shame of the past life of the repentant person, is washed away in their emersion into the Living Waters of the Spirit that floods the dry earthly souls of the redeemed.

When a person is born anew, through a regenerative Faith in God and His Christ, then through the Holy Spirit that person is immersed into this cleansing separated serum Water, derived from the Blood that is One with the Holy Spirit.  We are separated from our sins of the past that held us in death, and we are released to follow new Life in Christ Jesus.  Although, we can not see the moment of true faith in the soul of a man, that same emerging faith, as a gift from the Spirit of God, begins to witness in our hearts of our conception into new life, that is centered in Christ Jesus.  The new beginning birth has indeed taken place in the soul of that person through the Word of God, and that person would seek to be Baptized into the separating serum water of the Holy Spirit, into the death, burial and now resurrected Life of Jesus Christ.  The traditional Water baptism is two fold.  First, by unseen faith, we are born of the cleansing Water of the Spirit of God, and that substance of faith, is a gift of the Holy Spirit, Who is One with the Fountain of Living Water in Christ Jesus.  Secondly, it is a statement of faith, publically witnessed by others, and is a needful outward sign of confirmation, boldly proclaiming, what has already taken place within the new born soul of faith.  Now through the Holy Spirit that emersion water of baptism is in spiritual reality, the very same Serum Water that separated from the whole Blood of Jesus, and flowed together into the earth from the pierced side of Jesus Christ, the Crucified.  For there are three  that bear witness: The Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and they are One; and God, the Fountain of Living Water, is the Justifier of those that return to Him, trusting in His Great Salvation Son. (See God's Amnesty Program.)

The Only Infinite God, is Holy Love: But make no foolish mistake in human judgment; for the Love of God is a consuming fire and the perfection of that Love is the antithesis of sin, and will begin to obliterate sin, at its open source within the corrupted flesh of man.  However, the person of continuing sin, breaks the New Covenant agreement with God, and can not abide in the presence of Holy, Holy, Holy, God Almighty, for indeed, the Almighty is an Eternal Holy Fire, where it is impossible for the idolatrous nature of sin to abide. 

The Apostle Peter addressed the crowd at Pentecost, and said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2 verse 38.) Now, when the truly repentant disciple of Jesus Christ is Baptized into Water, that person is Baptized by God's Holy Spirit, the very Fountain of Living Water, into the very same New Covenant separating Serum Water that flowed from the New Covenant whole Blood of Christ Jesus, the Son of Man and the only begotten Son of GOD.

When Paul came to Ephesus, he found certain disciples, along with Apollos, who were baptized in John's water baptism, and who had not even so much as heard of the Holy Spirit. When we look at the Book of Acts - Chapter 19, we see that the baptism of the disciples of John the Baptist, apparently was not sufficient, when compared to the Holy Life sustaining power, of God's New Blood Covenant in Christ Jesus, enabling the baptized believer, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to overcome sin with its stigma of death. 

Jesus says to his disciples: Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away: For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.  And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on Me: Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and you see Me no more:  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now.  Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.   He shall glorify Me:  For He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.  All things that the Father has are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you.  (John 16 verse 7 thru 15.)

The Word of God humbled Himself, and was born into this world in the fullness of humanity, with the spirit and will of a Man that is natural to the genealogy of Adam.  But Jesus Christ, the Man, always followed after the will of the Spirit of His Father, and the Lord's Spirit was always obedient, because of His Love for His Father, even unto the violence of death.  The Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man even in death, was One with the Holy Spirit of His Father.  And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands, I commit My Spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.  The first Adam failed in his love of his Creator, but the last Adam, in union with the Love of His Father, is a quickening Spirit of Life, and gives His True Life to whosoever calls upon His Name in Truth.  John came, in the Spirit of Elijah, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, proclaiming: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance - but He that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear!  He shall baptize with the HOLY GHOST, and with fire. (See Matthew 3 verse 10 thru 12.) 

Although the disciples of John the Baptist were men seeking renewal of faith with God, they were baptized by John, only in the natural water of the earth, symbolic of repentance, and not as a living member, vested into the Body of Jesus Christ, and enabled in the salvation grace of Jesus/Yeshua's Holy Name.  Their original water baptism of repentance took place, before the Covenant Blood of Christ Jesus, as the Son of Man, born from Adam's genetic seed from that of the Woman of Adam, flowed into the earth from His pierced body.  When these disciples understood Paul's teaching, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied. ( See Acts 19 verse 1 thru 7.)

Again, we are emphasizing that there is a vast difference between John's external water baptism, signifying ones outward repentance of the flesh, when compared to the New Covenant Baptism that plunges the repentant soul, into the cleansing separated Serum Water of the Lord's Blood, that is one with the Holy Spirit of the Living God.  So then, we, the Ecclesia of Christ, need to begin to see with spiritual understanding that in one's Baptism in Water, that this Water is now, the separating cleansing Serum Water from the Blood of Jesus Christ, the perfect Incarnate Son of Man.  The Spirit of Life that is One with the Water and the Blood, separates us from the old life of the flesh of the old Adam, into the New active Life of the risen Christ, the last Adam and the first born from the dead. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him: And when Thou shall make His Soul and offering for sin, He [Jesus] shall see His Seed. (See Isaiah 53 verse 10.)

The Holy Spirit, of the Living Christ, is One with the New Covenant Water and Blood of our Lord, and this Baptism, through the Holy Spirit, separates a person from their sins of the past, as if they had never happened.  This regeneration of the soul of a person, began with their repentance from sin and their obedient faith in God's New Covenant in the whole Blood of Jesus Christ, given for the remission for all sin committed in their flesh. (See God's Amnesty Program.) In this Baptism through the Holy Spirit, the bill of indictment for a person's past sins is consumed away, by fire in the Lord's sacrificial death and burial.  Now, we holding to the faith of Jesus Christ' death, burial and resurrection, are made free in the Love of God, where old things are passed away, and behold all things are new, in the new birth of God's creation of the new man of faith.

The risen Jesus Christ, speaking to His disciples, commands them to stay in Jerusalem, and wait for the Promise of the Father, Which, said He, you have heard of Me.  verse 5, For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.  verse 8, You shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: And you shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (See Acts 1 verse 1 thru 8.)

Even as in the past, today the Lord may manifest Himself to the believer both with signs and wonders, and with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will. (See Hebrew 2 verse 1 thru 4.) That witness, of God's good will, could be a corporate or singular manifestation of God's Presence, as He so chooses to do in His time and method of approach.  Similarly, the laying on of hands, is also for the impartation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and is generally called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

When God's Holy Spirit comes upon a person, God is manifesting the Power of His Holy Presence, and gives gifts to men of His Holy Faith, who are seeking to do His Will.  This manifestation of God's Gifting Presence does not preclude the indwelling of the soul by God's Holy Spirit through one's obedient faith in the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  If we, from a good confession of heart and are baptized into Christ, then Salvation has come to the soul and spirit of the person, for God has already covenanted with that new heart birthed in the Holy Faith of God.  Holy God will strengthen that new born faith, knowing full well of His calling in the life of that person born of His Spirit.  As maturity develops, the babe in Christ is weaned from the sincere milk of the Word of God, and is given strength to work the Will of God's Salvation Grace in humility, without the corruption of pride despoiling the spirit of their minds.

My experience, in this holy moment of the Gifting Presence of Holy God, is one of unspeakable joy in the Power of the Love of God, that glorifies His Son Jesus Christ.  The impartation, of that Perfect Love of God, is a witness within the redeemed soul of God's Presence, and the cleansing power of God's Love, which ultimately, is to lead a person in their appointed service within the Body of Jesus Christ.  The strength of all gifts are relative to the needs of the Body of Christ, and are determined through the wisdom of God alone.  The Love of God through the Holy Spirit of God, will be the motivating factor in the witness of a saved person.  That motivating Love within the Body of Christ Jesus will direct the saved in worshipful service to Holy Father God Almighty. (See Romans 1 verse 2 and 1st Corinthians 12.)

It is the Supreme Holiness of the Sacrificial Blood of Jesus Christ, which allows the Holy Spirit, Who is One with that Holy Blood of the Son of Man, to dwell with the redeemed soul of earthen vessels of flesh.  Those souls are to be in agreement with God's New Covenant, in the Blood of His Holy Son Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit of God is One with the Blood and the flowing Water of Jesus, the Word of God, then He Who dwells within our souls, is faithful to cleanse us earthen vessels from our self acknowledged sins, born of our sorrow and repentance towards Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty.  It is the Blood that makes atonement for sin, and the Holy Spirit, Who is One with the Blood and Serum Water of Christ, administers the sanctifying Blood of the New Covenant, bringing about the little by little obliteration of confessed sins of selfish unbelieving flesh.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, (because of the Blood Covenant) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, (because of the Water and the Blood of our Salvation) and we will have fellowship one with another in the Body of Christ. (See in full order of context 1st John 1 verse 5 thru 10.) How much more shall the Blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause Christ is the Mediator of the New Testament.  (See Hebrews 9 verse 11 thru 16.) When we come together, as the Ecclesia, it is to worship God in the Spirit and Truth of His New Covenant, that refreshes each member of the Body of Christ with the Communion Blood of our Lord, administered by God's Holy Spirit of Life.

Because of the unchangeable holiness of God, and for this reason alone, it is impossible for the Holy Spirit of God to dwell with earthly man, without one's faith in God's Covenant in the Mediating Holy Blood of Jesus Christ.  YHWH God, the Infinite Father of Life, gave the Life and Soul contained within the Blood of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice of redeeming holiness for mankind's sin's of separation, from Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty.  Please understand this additional point of contention, that we wish to clear up: The Holy Spirit of God does not indwell the corruptible flesh of man, for the flesh is at enmity with God, and God with it.  But the tabernacle, of the Holy Spirit, becomes the regenerated soul of the yielded person of faith, who is washed in the separated Serum Water, that is one with the redeeming whole Blood of Jesus Christ.  It is the fire and holy jealousy of the Holy Spirit, that Baptizes a soul into the redeeming poured out Blood of God's Son.  The Spirit of God indwells the soul of a person of faith, only because of the redemptive price of Jesus Blood that God's Holy Spirit is One with in infinite essence.  God is Love, and the Holy Spirit of God covers the souls of His faithful people with the Holy Blood of His Son, for the Holy Spirit is One with the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is the WORD of GOD, given in God's Love. 

Now, some might argue that the Apostles, who were water baptized unto repentance, were not baptized into that Serum Water of Jesus Christ, but indeed they were baptized as such, even as you will see!   

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said unto them: Peace be unto you.  And when He had so said, He showed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.   Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you! As My Father has sent Me, even so send I you.  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive you the Holy Ghost:  Whosoever sins you remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sins you retain, they are retained. (John 20 verse 19 thru 23.)

We see in this scripture within Jewish time that on the same day of the evening, now being the first day of the week, the WORD of GOD, the resurrected Jesus Christ stood in the midst of His disciples and said unto them: Peace be unto you.  And after the disciples had seen the inflicted wounds of death upon their risen Lord, they rejoiced, and no doubt their faith supremely increased in the Lord, Who in His humanity with holiness to His Father, bodily conquered death. 

The Lord, seeing the disciples unquestioned faith in His death, burial and His resurrection from the dead, now breathes upon them the Spirit of His Word, baptizing them in the Serum Water and the regenerating Blood Covenant of the WORD of GOD.  For remember that in the earth, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood are One, and the Three are One with the WORD of GOD, Who  through His Father gives the Holy Spirit of Life, to all who believe and call upon Him in Truth.  We see another occasion of God's astounding grace, in the house of Cornelius, found in Chapter 10 of Acts.  After having a vision, then Peter preaches the Word of God to the gentile household and friends of Cornelius, and behold, while Peter was yet speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all of them, who heard the Word of God.  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord. (Acts 10 verse 44 thru 48.) The beginnings of faith, exonerates the new believer of past sins, and the Holy Spirit Who is one with the Serum Water and the Blood of Jesus Christ, sets God's abiding seal on the heart of the new person born of faith.

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Robert Glenn Pratten