Series 2 - Lesson 6 - Annotation 6
What changes follow man's new birth?
6. When we have been "born from above," born into spiritual consciousness, we leave behind the thought that power lies in our human consciousness, our human "self," and we look to the intelligence of the Word (the indwelling Christ) for guidance. The first "God said" (Gen. 1:3) was for light, intelligence, understanding, and this should be our first "word." Every word carries with it the power of some type of fulfillment, and when our word is based on Truth, it will not return to us void.
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" (Isa. 55:11).
When the new birth takes place in one's mind and heart, that one becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus. There is an influx of new ideas, new concepts, new feelings, and new experiences. There is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit as new light, new life, new substance. The results that corne from the new birth are beautifully expressed in Lessons in Truth 86:
"You will no longer dwell in darkness, for the light will be within your own heart; and the word will be made flesh to you; that is, you will be conscious of a new and diviner life in your body, a new and diviner love for all people, a new and diviner power to accomplish."
But we must ever bear in mind that the results are very practical. The Annotations covering Lessons in Truth Lesson 8 Annotation 1 and the following Annotations make this very clear, by outlining the improvements in mind, body, and affairs. Good outer results must follow the change in consciousness as a result of the new birth; by the law of mind action, our body and world of affairs become orderly and in keeping with the divine plan revealed through the new birth, so that we actually experience heaven here and now.
Preceding Entry: What is the new birth? How does it take place?
Following Entry: Explain fully how this promise is fulfilled: "He shall have whatsoever he saith" (Mark 11:23 A.V.).