How does a person pass from death into life? Obviously Joshua was talking to living people when he made that statement so he was not talking about physical life - please read the teaching in context to confirm this. He gives the answer plainly. One passes from spiritual death (a person with a dead spirit), to spiritual life (one's spirit made alive) by hearing his word - which is to listen to and receive what he says as true because the person hearing believes that God sent Joshua. This is the only sure way to avoid condemning one's self through a life lived in bondage to pride, fear and selfishness - and instead entering into an existence of Life!
The Light provides another view of the same event...the event of a person passing from death to life, in these sayings:
These two sayings have the same thing in view...a human being passing from an existence with a dead spirit - a spirit that died at some point after childhood - to an existence with a living spirit, a reborn spirit - that is with the ability to know, commune with, and love God as Joshua reveals Him.
Each human being must pass through a second birth experience. The first is the natural birth which all people experience and which birth is universally marked by the breaking of the water of the woman giving birth. The second is the spiritual birth where a person's dead spirit is made alive by the Father's Spirit...the living water Joshua refers to. Joshua uses simple and universally known concepts and imagery to convey important truths. In this case he used the birth experience. A baby in her/her mother's womb is essentially asleep - completely unware of life outside the womb. It is in a dark, virtually silent place, asleep, being fed and provided oxygyn without any effort of his/her own. It is in a state of existence that, while real and true, is very different than life outside the womb. When the baby is born, he/she enters into a whole new realm of existence. Sound and sight and taste and smell are now acively used to understand he/her new realm. He/she must now choose to eat food and drink water to sustain the body. He/she now uses their metaphyical components to navigate the new realm. The heart is used to make choices about what to think and how to behave. The soul is used to express emotions associated with thoughts and experiences. The mind is used to understand the new realm, both physical and metaphysical components of the new realm outside the womb.
The same is true of the new spiritual birth. A person moves from one realm of existence to another - from no faith at all or faith in the wrong thing(s) (in the womb) to new faith or faith in the right Person (out of the womb). Just like a baby in the womb, the person who has reached adulthood - but has not been born again or born from above - exists in a spiritual realm of darkness where the use of their heart, soul and mind are broken, inoperable, dysfunctional or misguided. They live in spiritual darkness with the manifestations of hopelessness, despair, depression, lovelessness, internal pain or suffering, lostness, confusion, etc. The person whose spirit has not been made alive by the new birth is ruled by a dark nature of self-pride and fear and selfishness...they exist to protect their life in the world at all costs. They are spiritually asleep in the darkness just like the baby in the womb.
The person who has been born from above or gain, in contrast, have 'come out' of the darkness of the 'womb' and have entered into a new realm...they did what was required to be free from self-pride and fear and selfishness. They now have a new understanding of life and now live to help others be re-born. They have left the darkness and have come into the Light. They are not desparing or depressed or loveless or hopeless or lost or confused about basic life matters and life in this world. In short, they have had their spirit made alive due to their seeing their need to get out of the darkness, and have placed their faith in the Light of the world to remove them from the darkness of this world and its ways. They have become a new person with a different life perspective and a new understanding of how to live the new Life they have been given through their faith.
If a person has not experienced these things - if they are not born from above - then "they cannot enter the kingdom of God".
One experiences these things by first seeing their need to be made alive. In other words, a person must see or sense at some level that they are living a life of spiritual death...a life not knowing what is right or wrong, true or false...a life of ignoring their Father and His Messenger and Leader...a life of living by their pride, fear and selfishness and all the wrong and hurtful things said and done as a result...a life of hopelessness regarding death. Once a person sees that is true of themselves, they will sense great remorse over that wasted, empty, loveless, hurt-and-take-from-others life and turn to the Father to make them alive to a life of caring about what is true and right and living by love. A person deserving death being offered freely, Life...from being guilty of ignoring the Life and hurting other people...will be most thankful for the forgiveness offered by the Father....they will be as a flutterby having changed from a catepillar - a new person!
What are the primary manifestations of passing from death to life...from having one's spirit made alive by God's Spirit and thus entering into an existence of faith in one's heavenly Father and Joshua? The primary manifestations are a dramatic change in one's life perspective, a new found love for God as revealed by Joshua, and a desire to know the One's who made me alive...
How do you get to know God and Joshua His Son? By reading Joshua's words - NOT anyone else's - as a child would, and believing what he says. How do you know you are truly believing what he says? How do you know if you love him?
The primary manifestation of loving someone in authority over you is to be eager to do what they want.
It is that simple intellectually, and yet difficult to execute.
Please, enter into his Life and come, join the Peaceful Revolution!