Saturday, January 31, 2009

Faith and New Birth

(by David Mathis)

This is part 2 of 6 in a series of quotes and endorsements anticipating the release of Finally Alive.


How does our faith relate to the new birth? From Finally Alive:

Your act of believing and God’s act of begetting are simultaneous. He does the begetting and you do the believing at the same instant. And—this is very important—his doing is the decisive cause of your doing. His begetting is the decisive cause of your believing. (102)


Don Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School:

I cannot too strongly celebrate the publication of this book. Owing in part to several decades of dispute over justification and how a person is set right with God, we have tended to neglect another component of conversion no less important.

Conversion under the terms of the new covenant is more than a matter of position and status in Christ, though never less: it includes miraculous Spirit-given transformation, something immeasurably beyond mere human resolution.

It is new birth; it makes us new creatures; it demonstrates that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. All the creedal orthodoxy in the world cannot replace it. The reason why ‘You must be born again’ is so important is that you must be born again.”

Alistair Begg, Parkside Church:

Classic Piper—crystal clear exposition.

(c) Desiring God Ministries.
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