Some simple yet profound truths that I was discussing with some students recently.
“….yet to all who received, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural decent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God”. John 1:12,13
WRONG Concepts of the New Birth
1) It is not hereditary or ‘not of blood’.
People do not have life in Christ because their parents were Christians. Spiritual life is not inherited. Each needs to be regenerated for himself.
2) It is not by human instrumentality, or of the ‘will of man’. Thousands are trusting and imagining that ‘their minister’ has introduced them to this new birth through the medium of….’water baptism’, ‘confirmation’, ‘church membership’, ‘communion’, etc. Scripture makes clear that no human will or action can produce it.
3) It is not by self effort or the ‘will of the flesh’.No person can regenerate himself or produce his own birth; no more than he can produce his own birth.