is to exchange the character, beliefs, and perceptions
we acquired from our family, culture & choices
for the Image of Christ
the nature of God the Father
and nurture of God the Spirit
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Then I realized: maybe that is what Jesus meant when he said ‘ye must be born again.’ That is, he realizes that our birth in a particular time, place, and family consigns us to a particular character, lifestyle, and fate — or so it seems. But, the promise of the gospel is that we can be born ‘from above’ — we get a do-over, only this time with God as our Father. Our genetic disposition is overwritten by our position as Sons of God, and our external environment is supplemented by the internal environment of God’s Spirit. In other words, our inheritance in Christ can have an even *more* powerful impact on our identity than everything we inherited in the flesh.