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Passing From Death Unto Life

Discussion in 'Calvinism & Arminianism Debate' started by tyndale1946, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. tyndale1946

    tyndale1946 Well-Known Member
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    "This my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found" (Luke 15:24).
    That the natural man is dead in trespasses and sins is no mere figure of speech; it is a solemn reality, an awful fact. It is ignorance and the denial of this fact which lies at the root of so much of the false teaching of our day. What the natural man needs first and foremost is not education or reformation, but life. It is because the sinner is dead that he needs to be born again. But how little this is pressed today! The unspeakably dreadful state of the natural man is glossed over where it is not directly repudiated. For the most part our preachers seem afraid to insist upon the utter ruin and total depravity of human nature. This is a fatal defect in any preaching: sinners will never be brought to see their need of a Savior until they realize their lost condition, and they will never discover their lost condition until they learn that they are dead in sin.
    But what does Scripture mean when it says the sinner is "dead"? This is something which seems absurd to the natural man. And to him it is absurd.

    "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14).
    To the natural man it seems that he is very much alive. Yes, and Scripture itself speaks of one that lives in pleasure as being "dead while she liveth" (1 Timothy 5:6). Herein lies the key to the meaning of that expression employed by our Lord in His teaching upon the Good Samaritan. Describing the condition of the natural man under the figure of one who had fallen among thieves, who had stripped him of his raiment and left him wounded by the wayside, the Savior termed him "half dead" (Luke 10:30). Mark then the absolute accuracy of Christ’s words. The sinner is "half dead": he is alive manward, worldward, sinward, but he is dead Godward! The sinner is alive naturally — physically, mentally, morally — but he is dead spiritually. That is why the new birth is termed a "passing from death unto life" (John 5:24). And just as the deadness of Abraham and Sarah — in their case natural deadness, for they but foreshadowed spiritual truths had to be quickened by God before Isaac could be born, so has the sinner to be quickened by God into newness of life before he can become a son of God... This was taken from Gleanings in Genesis by A.W. Pink Chapter 21 The Birth Of Issac pages 246-247 below is the link to the online book... You comments and thoughts are appreciated... Brother Glen

    http://www.grace-ebooks.com/library/Arthur W. Pink/Gleanings in Genesis - Arthur W. Pink.pdf
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  2. SovereignGrace

    SovereignGrace Well-Known Member
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    A.W. Pink is one writer every christian can learn from.

    What people do not realize is this; God saving a sinner takes the same power that it took for God to create Adam and everything we see, and to raise Christ from the dead. Also, the same power it took for Christ to say, "Lazarus come out!", is that same powerful work of grace.

    Here is where we get rebuked by those who do not know our belief; man has nothing to do with God saving us. Salvation is all of God, but we do exercise faith and repentance. How does that jive, seeing it has monergism and synergism wordings? When God quickens sinners to life, faith and repentance are also given. We then exercise those gifts and He saves us. So, by us exercising those gifts, we are saved. It is every whit of God, too. I hope that helps.

    The spiritually dead have zero faith. Having zero faith means they also have zero repentance. What faith and repentance did those in the 'valley of dry bones' in Ezekiel 37 have, the 12 y/o girl have, Lazarus have?
  3. Rippon

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    For a number here --the above is abhorrent. This whole post can be considered a litmus test. Those who oppose are on the wrong side of God.
    Yet some here would reduce that reference to an erring believer!
    I haven't noticed that before. Another case of being dead in sin.
    Let the words of Holy Writ echo in the hearts of those who now fight against these truths.
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