Saturday, October 22, 2011
Why is New Birth Necessary? (Day 7)
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.
Resistance is our biggest problem.
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.
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.
Apart from the new birth, we are unable to come to Christ or embrace Him as Lord (John 6:44, I Cor 12:3).
"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:44)
"Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says "Jesus is accursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except in the Holy Spirit." (I Cor 12:3)
Nobody can say "Jesus is Lord" and mean it without the new birth that comes through Christ. It's impossible.
The Father must draw His children. Without this, we do not prefer to come to Him. We naturally prefer self-reliance. The new birth gives us new preference.