Sunday, October 23, 2011

Why is New Birth Necessary? (Day 8)




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).
"But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed..." (Rom 6:17)


"We were once so in love with sin that we could not leave it or kill it."


Paul thanks GOD for freeing us from slavery.  It's nothing we've done or can do.


God awakens us and gives us life that finds JOY in killing sin and being holy. Until then, we are SLAVES and CANNOT be free.


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

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