When God created man in His image and CONFERRED upon him the authority to rule the universe, it was the most sacred heritage that God could give to man. (Gen 1:28).
This authority/dominion was lost when Adam voluntantly handed it over to the enemy of God which is satan the devil. Though it was the woman that was deceived, yet Adam could have averted this tragedy being the original leader of this great human movement. (Gen 3:1 – 6)
satan who has received a TRANSFER of AUTHORITY by the man God originally gave it to, started operating in his new office of power. And this what the devil was even displaying at Jesus TEMPTATION. (Luke 4:1 – 13).
THE RESULT OF THE FALL.
Spiritual and Physical death became the result of the fall. (Gen 2:15 – 17) man became spiritually dead when the NO. 1 purpose of his being was defeated i.e. Fellowship. It was the thwarting of God’s plan.
Man was spiritually alienated from God and driven from fellowship (Romans 5:12). Sin separates(Gen 3:23-24).
Man became physically dead also when he fell. He was originally made to leave forever but immediately after this fall, his physical life was cut short and he was no longer supposed to live because here he chose to die by disobeying his creator God (Gen 2:17)
God left man to exercise his will, else God would have fenced or barricaded this controversial tree.
Spiritual death: This therefore is a state of separation and alienation from God.
Physical death: This is a state of man’s spirit separated from his soul and body.
THE NEW BIRTH:MAN`S RECONCILIATION WITH GOD.
COL 2 :13-14; EPH 2:1 -22. After the fall of man and Christ’s redemptive work, man is expected to play an active role in his redemption. He is to accept God’s provision for his redemption or he will forever be doomed.
WHAT IS THE NEW BIRTH?
It is being made a New Creation in Christ.
•It is being born from above 2 Cor 5:17; Jn 3:3-8.
•It is receiving the lost Nature and Life of Christ Jn 10:10.
•It is having a Clean and New Heart Ez 36:25-27.
•It is being united with Christ.
The New Birth is purely the work of God. Eph 2 :8-9. He is a New-being. A new-born babe. A New Creation that has come into being thru God. The father has no memory of his past life.
Matthew 28:18; Eph 1: 19-23; Phil 2:8-11; Rom 14:9.
Because of the Victory as a man over satan; God has crowned Jesus as Lord. The Dominion which man once had and lost, was not given back directly to him yet he forfeit it again. Therefore the lost Lordship was given to Christ who holds it for man: God made Christ “LORD” Acts 2:36: thus breaking the Lordship of satan over man.
The Natural man lives in bondage to sin and rebellion towards God because satan is lord of his life. The Natural man needs a New Lord, a New Master.
WHAT THE NEW BIRTH IS NOT.
•It is not being religious or church going Lk 18:11012.
•It is not the keeping of the law Gal 2:16.
•It is not self righteousness Is 64:6.
•It is not human knowledge, education and culture 1Cor 1 :18-25.
•It is not water baptism. ACTS 8 :36-39.
All these are good and important but will not\ cannot substitute for the New Birth.
HOW CAN MAN RECEIVE THE NEW BIRTH?
The New Birth can ONLY be received by confessing the LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST which is the WAY OF SALVATION.
When a man invites Jesus into his heart and confess the Lordship of Christ, he is totally delivered from the authority, of satan into the Authority of Christ. Satan’s authority over his life comes to nought.
Immediately any man receives Christ, he receives the Nature of God and becomes God’s son. Jn 1:12; Rom 10:8-13. For any man to receive the New Birth, he must have a TOTAL and GENUINE TURN-AROUND from his formal master and state to be RECONCILED to God and TRANSLATED to his NEW MASTER. Col 1:12-22.
STEPS TO THE NEW BIRTH.
1). ACKNOWLEDGE your sins Rom 3:23.
2). CONFESS and FORSAKE your sins 1 Jn 1:9; Acts 3:19.
3). INVITE and RECEIVE Jesus into your life. Jn 1:11-12; Eph 2:8.
4). BELIEVE that you are saved. Rom 10:9-10.
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