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Conceived Again

Salvation is being accomplished as a process, a development. The first step is to be conceived by the Spirit of God - that's why God is called our Father:

"8:11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:11 KJV)

No one has ever been "born again," yet (except for Christ). The most that anyone can be now, or at any time through the ages before now, is conceived again, while awaiting spiritual birth at the time of Christ's return (the rest of humanity will be conceived of the Holy Spirit after their physical resurrection after the 1,000 years - see When Will You Be Judged?):

"4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 KJV)

"20:5 ... This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" Revelation 20:5-6 KJV)

A Time Of Conception and Development

Salvation, for now, means rejecting the ways of the carnal world and living, as best one can (see Concupiscence), a new life toward the time when the new life will truly begin.

Earth

"6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? [see Grace Into Licentiousness] 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:1-4 KJV)

The Messiah was the Savior of all that will be resurrected in the future, when "we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection."

"6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death [see What Happens When You Die?], we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection [see Resurrections]: 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin." (Romans 6:5-7 KJV)

Christ was the first to defeat death. One day, death itself will be put to death (see Death's Obituary).

"6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God." (Romans 6:8-10 KJV)

Being a true Christian means living according to what Christ actually said, not merely using Christ's Name to do as one pleases (those who do that have a rebuke coming - see Matthew 7:20-23).

"6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." (Romans 6:11-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is "travail" used to refer to the time that Christians will be born again?
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