Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
How can we understand the things of GOD? We must be born again.

They needed a miracle to express and expose our Lord to us through trust in God the Holy Spirit to perform or fulfill that miracle through Him, our Lord Jesus Christ.

”I have everything under control, and you have nothing to do with the works that I am about to do, so move over and let me reveal the miraculous power of God.”

“My hour (a reference to the cross) has not yet come or arrived.

Notice the obedience of the others and how our Lord reflected and intended to reveal His love, His omnipotence, His omnipresence, and His faithfulness.

The main principle of this miracle is that the Lord saves the best for last.

For Him to reject anything that is satanic and also tries to make an issue of the womb of Mary or any false doctrine that Satan and his kingdom of darkness think is beneficial for their own glory.

“for their own glory,” –  Satan has to deal with rebellion, especially the rebellion among His own fallen angels who, just like Satan, has divisions and discords against the authority in Satan’s kingdom.

An example of this principle is found in the great prophecy of the Virgin Birth and the signs that will accompany the miracles involved with our Lord’s Virgin Birth.

  1. “The Lord Himself will give you a sign: 
  2.  A woman who never had sex before will be with child


  1. She would never be touched by human hands, sexually until after the child is born.
  2. She will bear a son who will be known as Immanuel, God is with us.

”My soul” = the personal pronoun “mou and then the noun psuche which is correctly translated “My soul, referring to her mentality, self-consciousness, emotion, volition (free-will) or conscience.       

Mary’s response is what her human spirit thinks as she understands and metabolizes the word of God with her human spirit in fellowship with God. 

‘You must be born again because you need a human spirit to understand the things of God; 1Co 2:9-16.” 

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb.

It was what Elizabeth heard that caused the embryo or the fetus to leap in Elizabeth’s womb, it was NOT what John the Baptist heard who was not even one day old as of yet that caused it to leap. 

Elizabeth was the one who was excited that her cousin Mary was pregnant with the coming of their Messiah.

It was because Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit that caused the response.

The filling of the Spirit was the protection that God sealed the pregnancy and birth of John the Baptist with.

Luk 1:35  “Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called [notice it is not what He will be called but what he shall be called] which is the Son of God.”

Greek adjective in the neuter is correctly translated holy thing and then we are told that this holy thing “shall be called hagion kaleo or the holy thing.

Thundering Version of the KJB = Luk 1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:35 (AMP) the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.

ASV Luk 1:35  the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God.”

YLT Luk 1:35  ‘The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee, therefore also the holy-begotten thing shall be called Son of God;

This is why we are also told in the Old Testament that you should give a “life for life.” 

The miscarriage, yatsa, was in the woman’s womb and the physical body had been destroyed but no death happened between both men. 

There is no life given because no life was destroyed.  

Notice that there’s a payment for the miscarriage but the payment is not life for life.  

Please note that if there is a miscarriage, it is not considered to be a life; Exo 21:22-23.

EXO 21:22   “And if men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no further injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him; and he shall pay as the judges decide.” 

EXO 21:23  “But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint   as a penalty life for life,” 

nagaph — to push away, to destroy, to slaughter, to hurt, to defeat, to inflict or to hurt physically which is the description of a miscarriage, or to have a breakdown physically.

The King James version says to beat, dash, hurt, plague, slay, smite or strike.

If there is a miscarriage you do not have to give a life for life but a penalty for the miscarriage that the judges decide. 

When our Lord was born, we are told God was His God not in the womb but when He came forth “from the womb; Psa 22:10.

Psa 22:10  Upon Thee I was cast from birth [not during birth but from birth or from the womb; Thou hast been my God from my mother’s womb.

It is the Hebrew phrase “mibaa ten” which is translated “out from the womb” not “in the womb.” 

JOH 3:7 “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ – not conceived again but gennao = born again.

JER 1:5  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

It is talking about the omniscience of God because it says to the prophet Jeremiah, “before I formed you,  I knew you – that was before Jeremiah was conceived or in the womb of Jeremiah’s mother.

The first imputation of life begins with when you were given life or when you were born physically alive, and therefore the imputation of human life to your soul when you came forth from being in your mother’s womb as a fetus.

This is when your life truly began because there is life in the womb but it is biological life which is the extension of the woman’s life, it is not a human life or a human soul until the fetus comes forth from the woman and then you have neshumah, the breath of life.

This is extremely important because it will answer a lot of questions that some people have including the fact that God is the one who chose your parents.

The first mention principle in GEN 2:7  Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath [neshumah] of life; and man became a living being. 

God chose both your father and your mother, in spite of your opinions and your questions, which I will seek to answer which is the first obvious that answers the question; “Why did God chose them to be your parents?”

Notice — all souls belong to God.

God is the one who created them.

ROM 9:20   On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?

EZE 18:19   “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity?’ When the son has practiced justice and righteousness, and has observed all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live.

EZE 18:20    “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.

EZE 18:21  “But if the wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed and observes all My statutes and practices justice and righteousness, he shall surely live; he shall not die.

EZE 18:24  “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that a wicked man does, will he live? 

All his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed; for them he will die.

  1. Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God?

Deu 32:4? “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. 

“Why did God choose the parents that He did for me?”

Why did He choose our gender?

Why did He choose us to be male or female?

Why did He place us in the generation that we are a part of?

Why did He give us our woman or our man?

Why did He choose us to be a member of our family, both naturally and spiritually?

Why did He bless us and grace us to enjoy the blessings that He chose for us to have and to enjoy?

Why this?

Why that?

Why suffering? 

Why death?

A widow looks with tears and then they want to know why?

What about the gold star mother holding a picture near her lonely Breast?

What about the cemetery where so many babies lie so young?

Why did you have to watch your drunken parent leave your home and say goodbye?

Why did I look into my mom or my dad’s face and then think nothing but disgrace, please tell me why?

We hear the sounds of a worn-out cane that is leading a blinded eye and still we do not know or understand the real reason why.

Especially when we can catch a woman’s burning tears and hear her lonely cry as she holds on an unused wedding gown and shouts things like  “Oh God, Why.”

As David taught us about the sorrows of the orphans, one day we hear an orphan, so young and yet so shy, as she looks and wonders with others loved ones, and looks up into the sky. 

With compassion and mercy all from above,

We all are grateful and thankful for all of YOUR LOVE.

I found it pleases Him when I can testify, 

That I’ll trust my God to do what’s best and wait to find out why.

However,  I would like to turn this around a little and as a parent ask God  “Why did you give me the children that you gave me?”

It goes both ways, for remember we provided the vessel but God is the one who fills the vessel with a soul and then breathes into the soul the neshumah of life or the breath of life for the soul of the individual.

GEN 2:7   “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

What comes first in human history, the vessel or the soul?

Human life begins at birth not at conception.

For those of you who believe or have been taught that John the Baptist was alive in the womb, it was Elizabeth who was rejoicing, not the fetus, but Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin.

“Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb not because John the Baptist understood what was being said between his mother and her cousin Mary, but Elizabeth had heard about the Virgin Birth.

brephos = a male or female but it is in the neuter, it was not a person as of yet, it was just the humanity of Christ being born without sin.

It was what Elizabeth heard that caused the fetus to leap in Elizabeth’s womb, it was NOT what John the Baptist heard who was not even one day old as of yet that caused the leap. 

It was because Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit that caused the response.

This was not the filling or pleroo of the Spirit of the Church-age,    which is the filling within the believer, but this word is (pletho) which literally means the Spirit upon the believer not within.

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