Friday, October 21, 2011

Why is New Birth Necessary? (Day 6)

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."

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).
"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 natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned." (I Cor 2:14)

The problem isn't that we are unable to intellectually understand the things of God; the problem is that they are folly (foolish) to us.

This is a moral "cannot" not a physical "cannot."

The rebellion is so complete that our hearts only see the things of God as foolish.  Our preferences for sin are so strong that we cannot choose good.  We will always choose terrible bondage.

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

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