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the natural condition of the human family?
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23. See Ephesians 2:1-3.
will be permitted to see God?
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they
shall see God." Matthew 5:8.
Can man by
his own exertions change his condition?
"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then
may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil." Jeremiah
can one be brought to God?
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the
flesh, but quickened by the Spirit." 1 Peter 3:18.
progress can one make in coming to God without the help of Christ?
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He
that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for
without me ye can do nothing." John 15:5.
is "in Christ," what has he become?
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2
take place before one can become a "new creature?"
"For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment
came, sin revived, and I died." Romans 7:9.
had Paul died?
"God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any
longer therein?" Romans 6:2.
did sin slay Paul?
"For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and
by it slew me." Romans 7:11.
gives sin its strength to kill?
"The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the
law." 1 Corinthians 15:56.
forcible words did the Saviour show the importance of the new birth, or
"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." John 3:3.
means is the second birth effected?
"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth
through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love
one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of
corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth
and abideth for ever." 1 Peter 1:22,23.
fully understand this process?
"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."
Can one be
born of the Spirit, and still do the works of the flesh?
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3:6 (Rom. 8:5).
two conditions harmonize?
"For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against
the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye
cannot do the things that ye would." Galatians 5:17.
the works of the flesh?
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft,
hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I
tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do
such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Galatians 5:19-21.
the works of the Spirit?
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is
no law." Galatians 5:22,23.
When a man
has been "born again," what will he do?
"If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that
doeth righteousness is born of him." 1 John 2:29.
"My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are
righteousness." Psalms 119:172.
will he that is born of God regard sin?
"What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now
ashamed? for the end of those things is death." Romans 6:21.
"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil;
cleave to that which is good." Romans 12:9.
"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies,
and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere
milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" 1 Peter 2:1,2.
He that is born of God and that retains
the wonderful change which has been wrought in him, will conform to all
such scriptures, earnestly striving to advance in the way of holiness.
Paul obtain deliverance from the law of sin at conversion?
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from
the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2.
made free from the law of sin and death, in what condition is an
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
kind of life does the new birth raise one?
"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:11.
born of God, what will one manifest?
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.
victory is gained by those who are born again?
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is
the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:4.