We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A New Creation In Christ

Outer marks of the new birth are new characteristics.  Old things pass away.  The fruits of the Spirit quickly manifest themselves in the outward life.  Physical force is one evidence of physical life; thought and reason furnish evidence of intellectual life; so the fruits of the Spirit and then new spiritual activities of the transformed life prove the new birth.  Other evidences are a change of companions, of pleasures, of interests.  “All things become new.”  What was previously loved, is now hated.  Sins hitherto relished are not abhorred.  Regeneration brings with it a new set of values.  The outer change may be more conspicuous in some lives than in others.  A person brought up in a Christian atmosphere, who has never journeyed into deep and horrible sins, but who was religious in his ways, will not, when he turns to Christ, exhibit the same transformation of life as a man who was degraded and debauched in life.  But whether moral or immoral makes little difference.  Once the new birth takes place in a person, good or bad, there are changes evident to all around.
Herbert Lockyer, All the Doctrines of the Bible, p. 182

1 comment:

Crystal's Ministry Updates said...

:) awesome quote----and even better to have experiened the New life in HIM!