Thursday, July 30, 2009
REGENERATION OR NEW BIRTH
The elect of God do believe in the truth in due time. "As many as were ordained to eternal life believed." (Acts 13:48)
This Scripture proves that ALL of the elect shall believe the truth.
The Lord blesses His people, or the elect, with repentance.
"The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance."
"Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to GIVE repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins."
Please observe that the Lord turned Ephraim and this CAUSED him to re-pent: "Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned: for thou art the Lord my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented;" (Jeremiah 31:18-19)
The children of God do walk in good works or bring forth good fruit.
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain."
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath BEFORE ORDAINED that we should walk IN them."
Do you believe the elect will fail to walk in good works when God has purposed that they perform them?
The elect have the desire within their hearts to do that which is right and acceptable in the sight of the Lord.
The elect believe because they have the witness or Spirit of Truth within their hearts. Since the world cannot receive the Holy Ghost, only the elect receive the Holy Ghost or Comforter.
"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him, for He dwelleth with you, and shall be IN you."
"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listed, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is EVERY ONE that is BORN OF THE SPIRIT."
Dear reader, did you have anything to do with your first birth?
Did you choose your parents, whether they would be rich or poor, or the race or nation in which you would live?
Do you believe man has something to do with the second birth of which Jesus spoke?
It is the sovereign work of the Holy Ghost that causes this great salvation to be made manifest to the children of God in due time. "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to OUR works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was give us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality TO LIGHT through the Gospel."
(II Timothy 1:9-10)
Please notice that this salvation was stored up in Christ Jesus BEFORE the foundation of the world, and that it is made manifest by the Spirit of God. We feel the sweetness of this salvation when the Lord delivers us from the bondage of darkness, brings us from darkness to light, brings our soul out of prison, and blesses us with the sweet song of deliverance.
"And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: wherein 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: 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."
"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son."
"I waited patiently for the Lord: and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a Rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord."
"Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Thy name."
"That ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light."
(I Peter 2:9)
Dear Reader, do you know anything about the above Scriptures?
Have they touched your heart?
Have you experienced the change of which the Lord directed the apostles to write?
Does this cause you to praise the Lord?
By Woodrow W. Hudson