Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Why is New Birth Necessary? (Day 4)
We cannot love/desire the things of God unless we are alive.
Apart from the new birth, we are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3)
We are born with a horrible, sinful nature.
Apart from the new birth, we love darkness and hate the light (John 3:19-20).
We naturally resist Christ.
"And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh" (Ez 36:26).
"They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart (Eph 4:18).
The main issue we have is not ignorance; it's rooted in hardened hearts.
Resistance is our biggest problem.