The New Birth

When Were The Disciples Born Again?

Pastor John Clark, Sr's bible study on the spiritual condition of the disciples - according to Jesus' own words - before the day of Pentecost. Knowing their condition helps us to understand that they were not born again until they were baptized with the holy spirit.

Suggested Further Reading

Repentance is required in order to be born again. These articles will help you understand what repentance is and what you must do to please God.
The Receipt
Repentance - Come or Go?
Seven Humble Comments & Seven Arrogant Questions, #5
Whatever It Is
Praying Versus Repenting
Satan's Favorite Scriptures #4 - Rom 10:9

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New Birth Teaching Series

"You must be born again"

Three hours of audio teaching (transcript available) from Pastor John Clark, Sr. on the subject of the "New Birth". New Birth CD set, 3 hours of wonderful teachingWhen is a person born again and how do you know? The Bible contains clear revelation from God about when a person is born again. Learn what had to occur before the new birth was available to man. Listen as Pastor John covers these topics and more:
  • What Jesus had to do before the New Birth was available.
  • When were the disciples born again?
  • The spiritual condition of the disciples before Pentecost.
  • The promise of the Father.
  • Do you receive the Spirit before being baptized with it?
  • What did Jesus mean by "born again"?
  • The spirit of Antichrist.
  • What must I do to be born again?
This is perhaps the most important issue for a person to understand.

Have you been born again?

Thought for Today
Feb. 01


From a sermon by Preacher Clark, May 27, 1973 in Louisville, KY

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."
Matthew 6:33

The baptism of the holy Ghost should be the first thing that a sinner seeks. Pentecostal sects historically have taught people to seek the baptism of the holy Ghost second or third. The Assembly of God sect tells sinners to seek "getting saved" first, and then they are qualified to seek the holy Ghost baptism. The Assembly of God sect tells sinners to seek "getting saved" first, and then "getting sanctified" second, and only then are they qualified to seek the holy Ghost baptism. The Apostolic sect tells sinners to seek their form of water baptism first, and then they are qualified to seek the baptism of the holy Ghost. When the "Charismatic" revival of the 1960's and 70's blossomed, the Charismatics were so confused in their doctrines, they didn't have any idea what sinners were supposed to seek first. The only thing they all agreed upon was that it was not the holy Ghost.

All of them are wrong. And every other Christian sect that is called Pentecostal or Charismatic is wrong. The entire Spirit-baptized community on earth is wrong in its doctrine concerning the baptism of the holy Ghost. And they are all wrong for one principal reason: they are trying to make room for Christianity. If they would come out of that abomination and serve God in spirit, they would all agree that the holy Ghost is the first thing that men should seek if they want to be right with God.

Jesus commanded his followers thus: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." What is the kingdom of God, Paul? "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink [natural things], but righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Ghost" (Rom. 14:17). Because God's people in Jesus' day were looking for an earthly kingdom, Jesus taught them, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, 'Lo, here!' or 'Lo, there!'. For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you" (Lk. 17:20-21).

Sinners don't need the Apostolics' ceremonial dip in the water; they don't need to repeat Romans 10:9-10 and then be told by a Charismatic minister that they are "saved"; they don't need the traditional Pentecostal claim of sanctification so that they can qualify for the baptism of the Spirit. Sinners qualify for the holy Ghost by repenting. Sinners who repent are the only candidates for the holy Ghost who exist on earth.

When Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God", he was saying, "Seek ye first the holy Ghost of God." The way of salvation is that simple. It is, as Isaiah long ago prophesied, so simple that "fools shall not err therein" (Isa. 35:8).