Monday, October 24, 2011
Why is New Birth Necessary? (Day 9)
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).
Without the new birth, we naturally prefer SELF.
Apart from the new birth, we are slaves to sin (Rom 6:17).
"We were once so in love with sin that we could not leave it or kill it."
Apart from the new birth, we are slaves of Satan (Eph. 2:1-2, 2 Tim 2:24-26).
"Our deadness is not unresponsive to the devil. It is perfectly in tune with the devil."
Truth sets the prisoner free.
The new birth is "what happens when a person in the dark fondles an ebony brooch hanging around his neck, and then the lights go on and he sees it's not a brooch but a cockroach, and flings it away. That's how people are set free from the devil. And until God does that miracle of new birth, we stay in bondage to the father of lies because we love to be able to tell ourselves whatever we please. We keep fondling smooth roaches and warm fuzzy tarantulas in the dark."