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Spiritual Rebirth. Humility and love. Lazy and useless servant. Christ lives in me
 This is the same case, as I said, with this text. For when the Son ascends, the promise of the Father comes in fullness to those who, in true hope, wait out of love for such a promise.
 But what does the Son's ascension mean, so that the promise and the blessing of the Father may be sent to the waiting and the witnesses? You know what 'son' means: the Wisdom of the Father. After that everything in every human being corresponds to the Son, which belongs to wisdom. Such belonging is the understanding, the reason, all sorts of science and knowledge.
 At the same time, however, this belonging to wisdom must undergo humiliation, as it were the crucifixion, in every human being; then it must be laid as if dead in a new grave in the heart, then resurrected, and then, devoting oneself fully to the Father and sacrificing himself to go up to become one with the Father.
 If such a thing has happened, only then will the promise of the Father, which is eternal life, become manifest in man's life. That's the act of rebirth.
 But baptism with the spirit of power does not take place at the same time as no-one is supposed to baptize a child after birth, but at least a few days thereafter; -this is the earliest on the eighth, tenth, or twelfth day as was common. Sometimes the circumcision baptism took place much later; and so it is said here also to the apostles and disciples, that after My ascent, they shall stay in the city for a while, until the power from above will come upon them.
 Everybody should pay attention to this condition and not venture out until he has received the baptism of the Spirit! For without them the born-again spirit resembles a weak child, who is probably pure in every respect like an angel, but lacking in the effective power and in the requisite free insight!
 You know that the outpouring of the power from on high on the disciples and apostles took place on the tenth day after the ascension. What does this say? Such is the testimony and witness of the perfect subjugation of the Ten Mosaic Laws in the released life of the Spirit! So the spirit must first be freed from all fetters and bonds until it can put on the garment of Divine power from above.
 When this has come upon him, then he is a completely new creature out of the Spirit of love and of all power from it, and then can only work in the full power of Divine love and mercy. For
through such a baptism of the Holy Spirit from above, man is first released from all the bonds of death and becomes one with and in Christ, and can then also say: "Now I am no longer living, but Christ lives in me! No longer am I now myself, but Christ Himself is the I in me!"
 For this reason, as has already been shown, everything that corresponds to the Son in man must go the way of the Son of Man, and for everyone it is irrevocable: "Take your cross, and follow Me, otherwise you cannot come to the resurrection and ascension get to the Father!"
 And here, too, our idea fits in the very same way, that no man can reach the rebirth and the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the versatile training of his mind with the help of well-stocked libraries and lofty university professors, but only through the humility and great love of his heart.
 He must give everything he has of the world back to the of the world, to the last mite; including the arrogant sciences of his head; otherwise it will look but meagre with the rebirth and power-baptism of his spirit.
 Do not believe that by doing so, somebody will immediately enter the kingdom of heaven, even if he had given all his fortune to the poor, and yet he would think of and say, "Lord! As I was merciful, so be merciful to me! "Whoever speaks as such, has much still missing from the kingdom of God; for there he and Christ are not yet one, but evidently two, where one prescribes to the other a certain kind of acceptable conditions.
 The poorest among you humans is always Me, or spoken in German: the most needy and poorest of all people is the real life force of their hearts. This must first be richly endowed, if another outward endowment is to have a value; or your heart must be fully alive from the love of Me. I myself must be all your love; Only then can you truly make meritorious work out of this love into eternal life, and that's because the meritorious things alone belong to Me. But you remain mere pure consumers of My love, mercy and compassion.
 For as soon as someone says: "I have done, and I have given!", He is still far from the one who says: "I have always been a lazy and useless servant!" And thus is also far from My kingdom. Only if he professes himself in life and says: "Lord, my God and Father! I am nothing in all, just as all men before you are nothing, but you alone are all in all!", Then he is near My kingdom, and My kingdom has come near to him. (Explanation of Scriptures, chap. 30)
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