A Genetic Study of the Spirit Phenomena in the New Testament
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A significant passage is: "If it seems good to you, " the worshipper is addressing the Deity, "permit me, now held down by my lower nature, to be reborn to immor- tality, . . . That I may become mentally reborn, that I may become initiated, that the Holy Spirit may breathe in me. " 151 Examples like the above might be multiplied, but these are sufficient to show that in certain circles at least the idea of a rebirth, of becoming a new creature, by union with Deity was very familiar in Paul's da...y. The belief centered in the idea that a man by symbolically passing through the dying and rising experiences of the Deity to whom he was united, was refashioned and became a creature of immortality. It seems clear that when Paul writes to the Romans that "as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life, for if we have become united with Him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection, " etc. , 152 he is approaching very nearly the idea of a spiritual regeneration or rebirth unto immortality, which was such a prominent belief in the mystic cults.