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October 27, 2012
A New Creature
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In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." What is 2 Corinthians 5:17 talking about? Many Christians today, read the Scriptures, they quote the Scriptures, but they do not have spiritual understanding of what the Scriptures are saying.
Children of God
Born again Christians are true children of God. God is our true Father (Matt. 23:9). We are no longer of this world, but born again from heaven above (John 17:16). We are not in the flesh but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9).
When we are truly born again, we became a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17). Jesus said in John 6:45, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." Now we need to be taught by God, how to live in our new life in the Spirit.
In Isaiah 28:9-11 it says, "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts...For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little...For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people."
In John 16:13-15, Jesus said "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come...He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you...All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you." In Acts 1:1,2, it says, "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach...Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen."
When Jesus was here in the flesh, Jesus did the teaching. Jesus taught His disciples everything that He could teach them. But, Jesus was limited in what He could teach His disciples (John 16:12-15). Therefore, after Jesus was taken up into heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to do the teaching. The Holy Spirit continued to teach the things that Jesus taught and things that Jesus could not teach.
In 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." This tells us that the Holy Spirit is going to do the teaching "by the anointing," which we receive when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
Therefore, it seems it is necessary for all Christians to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the early church did in Acts 2:1-4, where it says, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place...And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting...And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them...And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." According to Acts 1:15, there were about one-hundred and twenty people in the upper room when the Holy Spirit came upon them. They were "all filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues." This indicates that "every Christian should be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues."
As we continue reading the Book of Acts, we will find that the Apostles believed that "everyone" should receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
In Acts, Chapter Two, Peter was speaking by the anointing of the Holy Spirit when he was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ unto those assembled on Pentecost day (Acts 2:14-40). After hearing the gospel preached to them, in Acts 2:37 it says, "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
In Acts 2:38,39, it says, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost...For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
Many Christians have not studied their Bibles to see what Peter said in Acts 2:38,39. First in Acts 2:38, Peter told them to, "First, repent of their sins." Repent, means, turn away. Stop doing the things that you know you should not do. After you "stop" doing things you know you should not do, then you will receive "remission of all your sins that you have repented of."
Secondly, Peter said then, "be water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ." Thirdly, after they have repented and were water baptized, then they can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, the same as the disciples in the upper room received that day.
Peter told them to "first, Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins." After they have repented, then they can receive "the promise of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit." Peter did not say they would receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit before they repented. Repentance and the new birth must come before they can receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. That is where many Christians have not understood what Peter was talking about in Acts 2:38,39.
Thereby, Peter was telling those Jews that if they would repent and be "water baptized, in the name of Jesus," they could receive the same "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" that those disciples in the upper room received. Peter "did not say" they would receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit at the same time thy were water baptized.
In Acts 2:39, Peter said that this promise is for everyone, even your children. Therefore, even Children can receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit at a very young age. I have known of little children "speaking in tongues" as early as five years old. Some of these little children have laid hands upon adults, and they were healed. According to Mark 16:16-18, "anyone" who believes and is baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues can lay hands upon the sick and the sick shall recover.
Keeping in mind what Peter said in Acts 2:38,39, let us look at Acts 8:5-13. It tells about when Philip went down to Samaria and preached the Gospel to the Samaritans. In Acts 8:12, it says, "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Everyone who said they believed were water baptized by Philip.
Acts 8:13 says, "Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done." Those who believed the Word of God that Philip preached (including Simon), were baptized in water by Philip.
Then in Acts 8:14,15, it says, "Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John...Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost." These were "water baptized," but they did not receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It was very important to the Apostles, that all those who "received the Word of God by the preaching of Philip, and were water baptized," should also receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. In Acts 8:16,17, it says, "(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)...Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost."
Those who truly believed and repented did receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
We see evidence of this in Acts 8:18-22 where it says, "And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money...Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost...But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money...Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God...Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee." What did Simon see, that caused him to believe that the others did receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit when the Apostles laid their hands upon them? In Acts 8:21, Peter said, to Simon, "Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter (logos): for thy heart is not right in the sight of God." The Greek word "logos," means "speaking; something said." Simon saw and heard them speaking in tongues. Therefore, Simon wanted that anointing also, so he could lay hands upon those who were truly born again that they would receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. But, Simon had a problem, he did not repent. Being that Simon "did not repent," he did not receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit when the Apostles laid their hands upon everyone who was water baptized by Philip, that they would receive the Holy Spirit.
The evidence of a "truly born again Christian" is their receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues after they "repented of their past sins and lifestyle." When they receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues we know that they are truly born again.
Simon did not repent, therefore he may not have been truly born again. Peter said to Simon,"Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter (logos): for thy heart is not right in the sight of God." Simon's heart was not right in the sight of God. Had Simon repented, he would have received a new heart in his new birth.
In Ezekiel 36:26, it says, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh." This is what happens when a person is truly born again. They receive a new heart and a new spirit. This is all a part of being born again.
In Ezekiel 36:27 it says, "And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Ezekiel 36:27, is speaking of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The baptism in the Holy Spirit cannot come until after a person receives a new heart and a new spirit in the new birth.
Simon had not truly repented of his past sins and past life of sorcery. Therefore, Peter said to Simon, "Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee...For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity" (Acts 8:22,23). Repentance and forgiveness of sins is necessary, before a person can receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
Now, let us look at Acts 10:44-47, when Peter was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to those at Cornelius' house. It says, "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word...And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost...For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter...Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" Peter knew these Gentiles were truly born again because "...they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God."
It says in Acts 10:44, "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word." What happened? They heard the Word of God, and believed the Gospel that was preached to them by Peter. Once they "believed" and were born again, the Holy Spirit came upon them and they were all baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
When Peter saw that they were already baptized in the Holy Spirit, Peter said, "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?"
These Gentiles were already baptized in the Holy Spirit, but they were not baptized in water. Therefore, Peter "...commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord..." (Acts 10:48). Peter still believed that they must be water baptized.
Now look at what the Apostle Paul did in Acts 19:1-7, where it says, "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples...He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost...And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism...Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus...When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus...And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied...And all the men were about twelve."
The Apostles, Peter, John, and Paul all knew and understood the importance of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Therefore, it was very important to the Apostles that every born again Christian would receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and speak with tongues.
How can we know if those who say they are Christians are truly born again? In 1 John 3:23,24 it says, "And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment...And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." This tells us that they have already received the Holy Spirit.
Then in 1 John 4:12,13, it says, "No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us...Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit."
How do we know that a person is truly born again? We know because they keep the LORD's commandments and they also have received the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
In the new birth, a person receives a new heart and a new spirit (Ezek. 36:26). When they receive a new heart, their heart will be right with God, and then they can receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, following their new birth.
Therefore, we know if those who say they are Christians are truly born again? If they receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues after they are born again, then "they are truly born again."
In my own life, I was not truly born again until I was about forty-five years old. Within a very short time following my new birth, I received the desire to receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. That desire came from within me. No one told me I needed to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. It came to me from my spirit.
It is truly God's desire that every born again Christian should be Baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. It is up to the individual Christians if they will receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?
Do not let anyone tell you that the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is not for today. Some misquote three verses out of 1 Corinthians Chapter Thirteen and say that speaking in tongues was only for the Early Church and not for today. That is not a work of God. That is a work of men who have not been taught by God.
in the Holy Spirit
Third, Taught by God
In Matthew 3:1,2, it says, "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea...And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 3:5-7, says, "Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan...And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins...But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?...Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance." Without repentance, water baptism will not do any good. There must be "repentance and the forgiveness of sins first."
It is very important that Repentance comes first before the new birth. When John the Baptist came, his message was, "repent and be baptized for the remission of sins."
Then Jesus came preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, Jesus' preaching included repentance. In Mark 1:14,15, it says, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God...And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."
In Luke 24:47, just as Jesus was ready to ascend to the Father He said, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Therefore, Jesus also taught "repentance and the forgiveness of sins."
Many who say they are Christians are still living just like those who are not born again. You cannot tell the difference between some of those who say they are born again and those who you know are not born again. Where is the evidence of Repentance?
If they have not received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, how can we know if they are truly born again? In John 14:15-17, Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments...And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever...Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."
One of the first things that identifies a person who is truly born again is that they keep Jesus' commandments. If a person who is truly born again will keep Jesus' commandments, Jesus will pray to the Father, and the Father will give them the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, "the world cannot receive the Holy Spirit," because they do not know him. But, Christians who know the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, will receive the Holy Spirit if they keep Jesus' commandments.
There are four ways mentioned by which Christians can receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The first one is in Luke 11:13, where Jesus said, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" If a truly born again Christian will ask the Father to give them the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, God the Father will baptize them in the Holy Spirit. Many Christians have received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit by simply asking God the Father to Baptize them in the Holy Spirit.
The second one is in John 14:15-17. The third one is in Acts 5:32, where Peter said, "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." Therefore, the third one is "obey God the Father," and He will give you the Holy Spirit, which means, Baptize you in the Holy Spirit.
The fourth one is in Acts 8:14-17, whereby those who have already received the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, can lay hands upon those who are truly born again and pray for them, and they will receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. This is also seen in Acts 19:1-6, where the Apostle Paul laid his hands upon those who believed in Ephesus. The Apostle Paul first made sure they believed and were baptized in water "in the name of Jesus." Then, Paul laid his hands upon them and they received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
In the first three ways, we do not need anyone else to help us receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Number one, anyone who is truly born again can simply ask the Father, and God the Father will baptize them in the Holy Spirit. Number two, keep Jesus' commandments (John 14:15-17). Number three, obey God and we will receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Number four is by the laying on of hands by someone who is already Baptized in the Holy Spirit.
The major problem within the Body of Christ is that many Christians are not being taught by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." (John 6:45). When Jesus said, "they shall be all taught of God..." this only applies to those who are willing to be taught by God. There are many who are not willing to be taught by God.
This is one of the most important differences between the New Covenant and the Old Covenant. In the Old Covenant they were taught by others to know the Law. Mainly, the Levites were chosen to do the teaching. Among the Levites there were Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. The Scribes were mainly used to do the writing of the Scriptures, including making copies for use in the Synagogues.
At the time of Jesus, the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. The Pharisees were always looking to condemn those who did not obey their interpretation of the Law.
When Christians are taught by God, they will only believe what is written "that agrees with the inspired written Word of God." They will believe in the resurrection of the dead. They will believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Also, they will not go about condemning others for not obeying the Law of Moses like the Pharisees did.
Christians need to be taught by God, so that they can do what the Holy Spirit has inspired to be written. When Christians are doers of the inspired Written Word of God, God will confirm His Word with evidence that they are walking with Jesus. The world should know them by their lifestyle. Their lives should be like a light in the darkness (Matt. 5:14,15).
How can a Christian be taught by God if they are not doers of the written Word of God? The Holy Spirit is the one that inspired the Word of God to be written. The Holy Spirit knows and understands every jot and tittle of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit never makes any mistakes concerning the written Word of God. Bibles that are not correctly translated from the Hebrew, Chaldees, or Greek are not the inspired Word of God. When the Holy Spirit is doing the teaching, He will let you know when something is not correctly translated.
The Holy Spirit is the teacher, and He is also the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13). It is the Holy Spirit that will guide us into all Truth. The Holy Spirit will do everything that the Written Word of God says He will do.
It is up to each individual Christian to spend time with the Holy Spirit, so that He can teach them everything they need to know. The Holy Spirit uses the Written Word of God to teach from. The world uses Books and Teachers to teach those of the world the things of the World. The Holy Spirit uses the Written Word of God to teach Christians the things of God.
Therefore, all throughout the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit has given us examples, and instructions, that we should follow and do. The Holy Spirit will teach every born again Christians who is willing and obedient to the Holy Spirit in everything they do. Those who are not willing and obedient to the Holy Spirit are "unteachable."
In Romans 12:2, it says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Christians who are not willing and obedient to renew their mind on the Word of God cannot be taught by the Holy Spirt.
We are not of this world, therefore we need to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. It is the renewing of our mind that will transform our lives to live as children of God.
Ephesians 6:1-3, says, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right...Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)...That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."
This means what it says in the natural. Children are to obey their natural parents. It also apples to our spiritual parents in the new birth?
In 1 John 5:7, it says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." In 1 Peter 1:23 it says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." Jesus is the Word of God, the incorruptible Word (John 1:1-3; 1 John 1:1,5:7; 1 Peter 1:23). The "Word of God" is one of our "parents in the new birth."
Then in John 1:13, it says, "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." In John 3:6, Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that we were born again. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is one of our parents in the spiritual realm.
Jesus said in Matthew 23:9, "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." All of these above indicate that God is our Father. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, Jesus is the Word of God.
To obey our heavenly parents (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit), we must be taught by God, according to His Word. Whatsoever the Word of God tells us to do, we must do it. Not according to the worlds system, but according to the teaching of the Holy Spirit.
Many things that happen in the lives of Christians are similar to things that happen to people in the world. There are many people in the world who never went to school to learn how to improve their lives and live a life of health and prosperity. The same thing happens among Christians. Many Christians never take the time to spend studying the Scriptures and paying in the Spirit. Therefore, they do not know or understand the will of God, and how much God desires for them to prosper and live in health (3 John 1:2).
There are many people in the world who never went beyond the beginning of getting a good education in the first eight years of school. Some started school, but then dropped out and quit going to school long before the reached the eight grade. That is the same with many Christians. They started studying their Bibles, but they did not continue long enough to truly understand the basics of being taught by God. Many of them only go by what others teach them, and many of those who do the teaching, did not spend time studying the Scriptures and praying in the Spirit.
Until Christians understand that the LORD chose for us to be taught by God, and not by man, they will be defeated in their lives as a Christian. God's ways are not the same as man's ways. In Isaiah 55:8,8 it says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD...For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
We must learn God's ways, and know God's thoughts. Then we can begin to live the life that God has planned for us. Then we can be doers of the Word and not hearers only.
The greatest hindrance to Christians today is the teachings of men. Many are teaching things that do not agree with the inspired written Word of God. They teach from their minds, things that they have been taught by others who teach from their minds. The Holy Spirit teaches from our spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:10-14).
Two things that prevent Christians from obtaining all that God has promised in His Word are "not spending enough time studying the Word, and not spending enough time praying in the Spirit."
The Apostles knew the importance of spending time in prayer and in the Word. In Acts 6:1, it says, "...there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration." The Apostles said, "It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables....Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business...But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:2-4).
Praying in the Spirit is very important for every Christian. In Ephesians 6:18, it says, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." In Jude 1:20 it says, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost."
Those who say they are born again and have not received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, cannot pray in the Spirit. This is not good to say the least. If Christians want to do the will of God, they need the Baptism in the Holy Spirit to enable them to do the will of God according to God's Will. The New Testament has a lot to say about Christians needing the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. We ought to obey God, rather than obey men (Acts 4:19, 5:29, 11:17).
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