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Notes : NEW BIRTH Paul Noble © 10th April 2012
WHY THE NEED TO BE BORN AGAIN?
The result of the fall – A sinful nature.
Adam – in the day you eat of it you will die. Natural Birth certificate.
1 Thes 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 2: 1-5
” And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
3″Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
We are totally corrupt: There is none righteous!
Sinful man is totally corrupt! 1 Cor 15 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”
HOW ARE WE BORN AGAIN?
By the Holy Spirit: a work of grace
Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done , but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
By the SEED or SPERM of the word.
1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
This seed is like Christ its incorruptible. We would be surprised and a little suspicious if when our children are born they were not like us!
So what is New Birth?
It’s not a repair job
Its not about turning over a new leaf making a resolution. Jesus died and rose again not to just forgive your sins but to deal with the whole problem of SIN. That’s why he was crucified!
2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ , [he is] a new creature : old things are passed away ; behold , all things are become new “
EXAMPLE A house falling apart infested with rats and wood-worm. Only two options repair or rebuild from scratch
You get to be crucified and die – the bad News!
Jesus not only dealt with sins he had to deal with SIN.
Romans 6:6 ” Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
Gal 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
You get to LIVE – a brand new spirit (good news!)
Romans 8 : 9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
10 “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
11″But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
You spirit is one with Jesus!
1 Cor 6:17 “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”
You are a partaker of the divine nature
2 Peter 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
This new man is righteous and holy!
Ephesians 24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”.
The law is now written on your heart
He’s programmed you to live right!
Hebrews 8:10 “For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: Also Hebrews 10:16
I (the spirit man) cannot sin
1 John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
This problem is described for us in Romans 7. Its all a matter of identity. Who are you?
ROMANS 7 :15 “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”
16 “If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.”
17 “But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”
18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”
19 “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.”
20 ” Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”
21 ” I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.”
22 “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. “
23 “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”
24 “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
“So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”
EVEN EAGLES LEARN TO FLY!
ROMANS 8 – even an Eagle has to learn to fly.
EXAMPLE : Can a Ostrich fly? It doesn’t matter how high he jumps that will never be called flying! An Eagle however is made to fly. Because of new birth your spirit man is righteous – you are made to fly. Does this mean you never crash? No even eagles have to learn to fly!
YOU ARE righteous and holy – so ACT LIKE IT!
EXAMPLE Imagine if you were a pickpocket living on the streets in poverty living in poverty and the king of kings rescued you and made you his son. Wouldn’t it be crazy if you insisted on pick pocketing and living in rags on the streets? That’s how some Christians are living!
2 Peter 3:11 “[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness,”
2 Cor 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”
OBEY – the Holy Spirit
Gal 5:16 “[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
SOW – To The Spirit
Gal 6: 8 “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
KILL – The deeds of the body
Romans 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die : but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live ..”
PUT OFF – The old man.
Col 3:8 “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”
“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;”
PUT ON – The new man
23 “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”
24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
25 “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.”
29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
31 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”
32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Col 3:12 “Put on therefore , as the elect of God, holy and beloved , bowels of mercies , kindness , humbleness of mind , meekness , long-suffering “
Don’t lay the table for the flesh!
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].”
SURRENDER – To God
Romans 6:13 “Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.”
Romans 12 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”
Conclusion – The true message of grace
Titus 2 “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”
Even if you remain a carnal Christian you will be saved:
1 Cor 5:5 “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
If you haven’t – get baptized
Gal 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”
2 Cor 4:10 10 “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.”
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