Thursday, October 20, 2011

Why is New Birth Necessary? (Day 5)


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).
"For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God."


It's not only that we don't want to please God, we CAN'T.


We can't be controlled by the flesh (SELF) and the spirit (Christ) at the same time.  One or the other will win.


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












































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

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