What does it mean to be a twice-born child of God? At the most basic of biblical foundations, a Christian has been identified by the Creator as one He desires to spend eternity with!
What Happens When You Are Twice-Born?
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command, then you shall also judge My house, and likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk among these who stand here.’” (Zechariah 3:7)
Zechariah the prophet lived at the same time as Haggai the prophet, Zerubbabel the governor, and Joshua the high priest. These served the small remnant that had come back to Jerusalem after the captivity in Babylon. The exciting visions God gave Zechariah look forward to the great conclusion of God’s plan for this planet and His people.
In one vision given to Zechariah, Joshua the high priest is shown standing before the awesome throne in heaven. He is pictured as being clothed in filthy garments next to the angel who brought him. Satan was there with all his power, trying to resist everything Joshua was doing. Of course, the Lord was there too and rebuked Satan, calling Joshua “a brand plucked from the fire” (Zechariah 3:2).
What follows in the vision is a beautiful picture of what God does for us when we are twice-born. The Lord commands the angels to “take away the filthy garments” because, He says, “I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” The attendants quickly “put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him” (Zechariah 4-5).
When we are created by God as a “new man” while down here on Earth, the spirit is changed, along with a new heart and a new mind, but one day we will be clothed in fine linen that represents the righteousness of the saints (Revelation 19:8)—all given to us when we were made righteous by the marvelous grace of our Lord Jesus.
What Zechariah is shown about the Joshua of old is the vast promises of a close working relationship with the Creator Himself—judging His house, having charge of His courts, and being given “places to walk” among the great personages of the courts of heaven.
- Are you a twice-born child of God?
- What should an active relationship with the Creator of the universe look like?
- How can we renew our hearts and minds?
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[Post adapted with permission from ICR; originally published in Places to Walk: Glorious Liberty of the Children of God.]