Wednesday, November 02, 2011

How Does One Gain the New Birth? (Part 3)

Work #3 of God in the New Birth:
God called us into new life through the living and abiding Word.

"As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct," (I Peter 1:14-15)

There is a general call and an individual call.  Why do some hear and see while others do not?

The internal effective call creates what it commands.  When Jesus said, "Lazarus, come forth," Lazarus came forth!

"His internal heart-call opens the eyes of the blind heart and causes Christ to appear as the supremely valuable person that He really is. So the heart freely and eagerly embraces Christ as the treasure He is."

The gospel makes no sense to people who are dead; they must be made alive to see!

"For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." (I Corinthians 1:22-24 ESV)

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

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