Conception Analogy

Just as Joseph Tkach Jr. denied that the Greek word anagennao is used in the Bible, he also denied that the conception analogy attached to anagennao is used in the Bible. But he was wrong, again.

The Error

Joseph Tkach Jr., "Born from Above," sermon tape, September 1992:
"So let's move to a second biblical fact, and that is the New Testament does not use the analogy of conception. Hope that doesn't shock anyone, but the New Testament is void of using that analogy. It does not use it. So some say, 'Let the Bible interpret the Bible,' and I say, great, let's do that."

The Truth

Herbert W. Armstrong, Just What Do You Mean — Born Again?:
"Human life starts with what the Bible terms 'corruptible seed' — physical male sperm. Divine life starts with that which is incorruptible — the Holy Spirit of God entering the human person. But as the human embryo must GROW till it becomes a fetus, which must GROW to the point of being born into the human family, so theChristian in whom divine life has been started by the gift of God's incorruptible Spirit must GROW toward perfection to be born into the GOD family. He will then be perfect, unable to sin.

"Peter gives an analogy of this:

"'Being born again...' (I Peter 1:23). Being — in the process of — not having been — not yet an immortal person — but being 'born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible....' (Other translations use the term 'begotten.') Greek: anagennao — to beget anew — (Young). Peter is here referring to the process having started within us by the incorruptible Spirit of God — not as our human life was begotten by human physical sperm. Peter here shows that the Spirit of God is the incorruptible 'seed' that imparted the presence of the eternal life within us." (pp. 26-27)

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible:
"313. anagennao; to beget or (by extension) bear (again) : - beget, (bear) X again."

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