17. The New Birth

///17. The New Birth
17. The New Birth2016-11-27T17:37:12+00:00

We believe that a person who gives his life to Jesus Christ and accepts Him as his personal Saviour will experience the new birth.
John 1:12, 13 –
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

“When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life. Sinful thoughts are put away, evil deeds are renounced; love, humility, and peace take the place of anger, envy, and strife. Joy takes the place of sadness, and the countenance reflects the light of heaven.. The blessing comes when by faith the soul surrenders itself to God. Then that power which no human eye can see creates a new being in the image of God.” – The Desire of Ages, p. 173.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 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.

“The contrast will be clear and decided between what they have been and what they are.”

“In the heart renewed by divine grace, love is the principle of action.” – Steps to Christ, pp. 57, 59.

“In the new birth the heart is brought into harmony with God, as it is brought into accord with His law. When this mighty change has taken place in the sinner, he has passed from death unto life, from sin unto holiness, from transgression and rebellion to obedience and loyalty. The old life of alienation from God has ended; the new life of reconciliation, of faith and love, has begun.” – The Great Controversy, p. 468.

“Regeneration is the only path by which we can enter the city of God.” – Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 23.
John 3:3-8 –
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. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, 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.
John 1:12, 13 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
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.
James 1:18 –
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
2 Peter 1:3, 4 –
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. 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.

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