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The New Testament analogy of the Old Testament Fish Gate, Part 11.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Under the principle of the doctrine of Regeneration, we have been noting the new birth or being born again or literally being born from above.
PHI 3:20 For our citizenship [politeuma, or heavenly privilege] exists in heaven, from which place we eagerly anticipate the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
ROM 3:10-11, as it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God;
In giving us to His Son, it is the responsibility of the Father to present us with no spot or wrinkle.
PHI 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He [God the Father] who has begun in you an absolute good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. PHI 2:13 for it is God [the Holy Spirit] who is at work in you, both to will [give you motivation] and to work [He gives you the ability to execute] above and beyond His good pleasure.
Mankind is brought to the life from above or is born again based upon something done for them, not something they did, or something they desired, or something they sought.
Not what the Calvinists, Protestants, Lutherans, Baptists, Presybeterans, Reformed Churches, Coventant Theologians and scores of other non-denominational Churches, who emphasize the first half of our premise; The sovereign will of God.
Not the Armenianists, the Catholics, the Pentecostals, the Name and Claim it crowd, the Methodists, the Congregationalists, the Salvation Army, the Nazarenes, who focus in on the second half of the premise, The free will of man.
PRO 11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.
HEB 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
If a person believes that there is a way for mankind to become born again on his own it is nothing more than the superficiality of self-righteousness and legalism.
Youíre really talking about coming into existence NOT through youre power and ability but by Gods power and ability. MAT 19:26b "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
If the Lord wants to talk about what we do, He talks about having faith. When the Bible starts talking about being born again, it no longer is talking about anything that you or I could do.
The analogy of being born again [anothen - from above anew] describes a reality to which the one born can make no contribution to ones birth.
The Lord used this analogy not only for time but also to reveal to us something that took place in another creation before the human race was created.
ROM 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Birth happens to us not because we desire it, not because we want it, or not because we followed the steps to be born.
When the Lord chooses an analogy, He chooses an analogy to convey a spiritual truth that is inherent in the simplest understanding of that analogy.
Itís not a contradiction to say you didnít do anything to be born into this world, and then to say then you also didnt do anything to be born into the realm of Godís world.
No one gives himself physical life and no one gives himself or herself spiritual life.
So being born again or being regenerated is clearly an analogy that speaks of something that happens to us apart from us.
This idea of regeneration or being born again or having a new birth is unmistakably presented in the Scripture as the first divine act in salvation.
In the order of salvation, regeneration is the first thing God does to save us.
The only feature that comes before regeneration is election, and that was in eternity past before the foundation of the world, EPH 1:4.