Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Why is New Birth Necessary? (Day 10)





Ephesians 2:4-5-- "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved."


Review:
Reason #1-
Apart from the new birth, we are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1-2)
We cannot love/desire the things of God unless we are alive.
Reason #2-
Apart from the new birth, we are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3)
We are born with a horrible, sinful nature.
Reason #3-
Apart from the new birth, we love darkness and hate the light (John 3:19-20).
We naturally resist Christ.
Reason #4-
Apart from the new birth, our hearts are like stone (Ezekiel 36:26; Eph 4:18).
Resistance is our biggest problem.
Reason #5-
Apart from the new birth, we are unable to submit to God or please God (Rom. 8:7-8).
We are unable to please God.
Reason #6-
Apart from the new birth, we are unable to accept the gospel (Eph 4:18, I Cor 2:14).
Our preferences for sin are so strong that we cannot choose good.
Reason #7-
Apart from the new birth, we are unable to come to Christ or embrace Him as Lord (John 6:44, I Cor 12:3).
Without the new birth, we naturally prefer SELF.
Reason #8-
Apart from the new birth, we are slaves to sin (Rom 6:17).
"We were once so in love with sin that we could not leave it or kill it."
Reason #9-
Apart from the new birth, we are slaves of Satan (Eph. 2:1-2, 2 Tim 2:24-26).
Playing with fuzzy tarantulas in the dark... Remember?


Reason #10-
Apart from the new birth, no good thing dwells in us (Rom 7:18).
"For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out" (Rom 7:18)"


There are many good things that humankind does.  Marriage, family, government- all of these are good.  BUT they are only good when used for the glory of God.  When we use these things for anything other than showing God's glory, we are prostituting God's creation.


The thing that is good in us after the new birth IS GOD.


Dead people can do NO good.


(Adapted from Finally Alive by John Piper, available free on Desiring God)

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