Interesting view point. I don't see much sense continuing this part of the discussion as we will end up agreeing to disagree.It doesn't. It says those who received Him were given the right to become children of God. They received Him before they were given the right became children of God. Receive is in the active voice, that means they performed the action. If God had performed the action it would be in the passive voice.
Also, keep in mind that the passage says they were given the right to become children of God, it doesn't say they did.
Re: Spiritually dead ... https://www.gotquestions.org/spiritually-dead.htmlWhere do the Scriptures speak of spiritual birth?
Re: Born again / Spiritual birth / reborn / new creature / regeneration / quickened / whatever synonym you prefer ...
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature [synonymous with born again]; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
1 Peter 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
... I could go on
Granted, Israel is a metaphor. Nations of made up of individuals. Individuals do not have the same characteristics as nations so one cannot assume equivalence. (going on a tangent here ... I am sure you disagree)God said that Israel was HIs son, His first born. What Israel physically God's son or is it a metaphor? Well, since Israel is of the Seed of Abraham and not God I think it's safe to say it's a metaphor and not literal. So, if Israel wasn't literally born of God, then it's logical to assume that Christians aren't either.
I disagree. I addressed this above. Again, I think we are at an impasse.Again, spiritually dead isn't in the Scriptures.
Granted, man is not spirit. But man has a spirit and therefore said spirit can be dead or alive as that is the status of all beings/creatures. Death means separation, spiritually dead means means separation from God. We are born separated from God (spiritually dead) and through regeneration we are no longer separated from God (we are spiritually alive). Thus terms like new creature (all creatures are alive or dead), born again (only creature can be born, regeneration (Titus 3:5 ESV), made spiritually alive (Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened [made alive those whom were spiritually dead] … , who were dead in trespasses and sins) (Aside: Yeah, I know you don't agree)Man is not a spirit, thus he cannot be spiritually dead or alive.
Well, seeing as you inferred that you desired a response ... this was it.
I am sure I haven't changed your mind nor have you changed my mind. We are at an impasse. It's been an interesting discussion.