Regeneration Buried with Christ into death,
so that we might be raised to life.
(Romans 6)
Conversion
Regeneration
Born of Water
Eating His flesh
Live Forever
Solely By Grace
I am the bread of life:
he that cometh to me shall never hunger;
AND he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
(John 6:35)
Conversion
Born of Spirit
Drinking His blood
Hath Eternal Life
By Faith & Works
Except a man be born of water AND of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
(John 3:5)

New and Old Earth by Allen Cook

New and Old Earth - by Allen Cook
This lesson as any subject-centered teaching of the scripture should begin with the scripture that is easiest to understand in its contextual setting. There are three times that the new earth is spoken of in the scriptures, therefore we will begin with Isaiah sixty-five wherein we read in verse eight, 'As new wine is found in a cluster, and one saith, destroy it not: for a blessing is in it'. This verse sets the stage for the lesson to follow wherein the elect will inherit the mountains of the Lord. The elect under consideration herein is those that will inherit the new earth found in verse seventeen. Notice it did not say mountain singular, but mountains plural, referring to many assemblies, or true gospel churches. If this teaching is about eternal glory wherein all of God's children will, when time is no more, live in the presence of the Lord, then it would have been recorded as a single mountain. He also speaks of creating Jerusalem as a place of rejoicing. We find in Galatians 4:25 where Paul contrast this place (new Jerusalem -Rv 3:12, 21:3) with the one in Israel, as being in bondage with her children (Hb 2:15). In other words Jerusalem, which is in the old earth, is still in bondage to the law of her Husband, Jehovah (Jr 31:32, Rm 7:4), while the one which came down from above, and without observation (Jh 4:21, Lk 17:20) is free. We read in (Mt 5:5) where the meek shall inherit the earth (New Jerusalem), or spiritual Canaan. The inheritance (earth, Canaan) was given unconditional to natural Israel, but to enjoy the blessing found therein they had to possess it (Du 1:8). Likewise we in the grace age must strive to enter in the strait gate (7:13), by seeking first the kingdom (Mt 6:33). Many times when I am feeling cast out and seemingly wandering in the wilderness I go to the thirty-seventh division of Psalm and find that I should be leaning upon my Husband's breast and trusting in his care. I fret over so many little things, that I become ashamed of myself. I am told herein that I should delight myself in his sweet embrace, and not lean to mine own understanding. The earth spoken herein is the one the bride of Christ hath inherited (New Jerusalem, or spiritual Canaan). Oh! That I could commit my ways unto him who has blessed me so much: then I could say as the Shunamite woman who is called 'great', It is well. Matthew (18:1) also tells us that unless we become 'submissive' humbled as a little child we can never enter into the blessing of this new heaven (upper room). This lesson here in Isiah sixty-five concludes with 'mine elect shall long enjoy the works of his hands.' In as much as works is a part of this lesson, it is excluded from being a lesson about heaven and immortal glory.

As I have mentioned Revelation chapter twenty-one above, I will set forth my understanding of the lesson taught therein, as I believe it agrees with Isaiah. We find in Hb 8:13 'Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away'. Here in Rv 21 the apostle John writes as though the first had already passed away. 'I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was not more sea.' Yes the old earth was in the process of being replaced with the new. At the time of the closing out of the second day of Hs 6:1, Jesus came to tear down the old because of the iniquity of the Jews (Ga 4:4). and just as God did not premit natural Israel to inherit the old earth (Canaan): until the einquities of the Amorites (Ge 15:16) were full, he would not premit the new earth to be inherited until the old earth was judged and closed out in seventy AD. As recorded in Isaiah he would take a seed (Jews) and plant them in a fruitful hill (Is 5:1). This seed, which is Christ and his bride (Ga 3:16), wherein the new wine (Jh 2:9), is given unto the little flock (Lk 12:32). This new earth must wait until the canons were completed, and the sign gifts ceased, the iniquities of the Jews would then be judged and the new earth being weaned (Ge 21:8), delivered out (Rv 12:6, Mt 24:31) of the destruction of the Judgment to come upon the old earth, which will pass away (Mt 24:35). The bride of Christ, now mature, was able to function without the apostles and sign gifts, having the two witnesses, at which time there would no longer be a physical land nor sea. The first witness being that of the law written upon the heart of those called as witnesses of the truth (Mt 22:3), and the second being the preached gospel in the power and demonistration of the spirit. We must realize that many who are called, added (Acts 2:47), betrothed (Ho 2:19) unto the Son will not come (Mt 22:6). This being true, he has chosen a few (Mt 22:14), remnant (Rm 9:29) that by the providence and chasting rod of their loving Husband will, (so to speak having hooks in their noses and a bridle in their lips [Is 37:29]), be kept in the way.
 
Rv 21:2 'I saw the Holy city (Ga 4:26) new Jeruslam coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.' Notice where this new earth is coming from. It is not going up but coming down out of heaven. He continues to tell us that it is now with man, and the bride will be dwelling, abiding (1 Jh 2:27) in him as their husband. The next few verses seem to express a condition that seemingly does not exist here in time. I will beg to differ with them for if one has ever experienced the kingdom, upper room, wherein they are premitted from time to time to sup, dine with their husband at the king's table (2 Sa 9:13) then they would know that the world and all that matters in this life becomes pale during this time. Just as Joshua and Caleb overcame in the wilderness, likewise the remnant by prayer, study, and medication, the sceptre perhaps will be held forth (Es 4:11) that having gathered in the assembly may be premitted to enter and dine with our husband in his kingdom. Again in verse seven we find the need to overcome (work) to enjoy the inheritance herein. This could not be speaking of eternal glory. He goes on in verse eight to show how those who turn away (Hb 6:4, 10:29), having experienced the blessings found in the new covenant, now are cast out having died to these blessed truths. In Rv 20:5 having died to the fellowship of God in Adam, then been blessed to be a part of the first resurrection, now are cast out into outer darkness (Mt 8:12, 22:13, 25:30), and themself to have now experienced the second death. This chapter closes out with a fearful warning to those who have been so blessed to have enjoyed the truth, and turn away unto another gospel, which is not good news, are now again in the bondage of the work systems of the world.

Second Peter chapter three teaches the same thing. For my position on it go to my writing on 2 Peter 3. To open this you must first open the Sept tab.
 
 
I am thankful to have been able to share thoughts with brother Allen Cook before he passed away. I am thankful that his studies are still available and I have posted them here in my blog to preserve them as long as I can. They demonstrate that I am not the only one who has been blessed to have the eyes to see these things - Barry Laminack

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

As of February 2013, I have decided to redesign and reconstruct this site to a different format in hopes to be better able to convey God's word as it should be properly understood. This undergoing will take some time, so I do ask for your patience. Thanks!

The below illustration is an introduction to the three types, which are found throughout the scriptures, and which must be properly understood in order to discover the undeniable absolute truth, which God has revealed within His word.
 

Romans 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

For those, His chosen people, whom He DID choose, He also DID predetermine that they would be washed by the water of regeneration, and to be conformed to the image of His Son. In addition to this, those whom He DID regenerate, to be conformed in the image of His Son, He also extended the liberty of becoming sons of God (John 1:12-13): and to those whom He gave the liberty to become the Sons of God, He also declared to be as they ought to be (on the straight and narrow path for instance); those whom He rendered to be righteous, He also adorned with glory (2 Thessalonians 1:12). Note: the word "DID" means to execute, accomplish, finish, complete.

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Verses 10 and 11 teach that although He created the world, the world outside of Israel, did not know of Him. Even still, although they were looking for a Messiah, even His own did not recieve Him as being the Son of God.

Here John teaches that to each one who did accept His position as the Christ, and especially to those who put their trust and faith in His authority, He extended the liberty of becoming children of God. To clarify, this is referring to the free will choice made by the person. Those who accepted Him as being the Son of God had all that was needed to convert and become a new creature, living and walking after the Spirit. This is especially true concerning those believers who did just that. Having already been adopted by God and made children by regeneration, they have now become children of God from their own perspective, knowing God as their Father. The Greek word translated "sons" is "the name transferred to that intimate and reciprocal relationship formed between men by the bonds of love, friendship, trust, just as between parents and children".

These were made children, not by the offering of sacrifice, nor by the inclination of the human nature, nor by the choice of moral excellence, but of God.

This means that God had written His laws in their heart. In Thayers’ Lexicon, the following quote is found, "If one teaches the son of his neighbor the law, the Scripture reckons this the same as though he had begotten him". As explained in Ephesians 1:13, when a person trusts in the gospel and believes in Christ, the Holy Spirit is given and thus the prophecy is fulfilled: "After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people".