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It is radical, revolutionary, lasting!

A.W. Pinkby A.W. Pink

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God!” 1 Peter 1:23

The new birth is very much more than simply shedding a few tears due to a temporary remorse over sin.

It is far more than changing our course of life, the leaving off of bad habits and the substituting of good ones.

It is something different from the mere nourishing and practicing of noble ideals.

It goes infinitely deeper than coming forward to take some popular evangelist by the hand, signing a pledge-card, or joining a church.

The new birth is no mere turning over a new leaf–but is the inception and reception of a new life.

It is no mere reformation, but a radical transformation. Regeneration consists in a radical change of heart, for a new disposition is implanted as the foundation of all holy exercises . . . the mind being renovated, the affections elevated, and the will emancipated from the bondage of sin.

In short, the new birth is a miracle, the result of the supernatural operation of God. It is radical, revolutionary, lasting!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

by A.W. Pink

Too Much Liberty and Too Little Freedom

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13

Freedom is priceless and where it is present almost any kind of life is enjoyable. When it is absent life can never be enjoyed; it can only be endured.

Though millions have died in freedom’s defense and though her praise is in everyone’s mouth, yet she has been tragically misunderstood by her advocates and sorely wounded in the house of her friends. I think the difficulty lies with our failure to distinguish freedom from liberty, which are indeed sisters but not identical twins.

Freedom is liberty within bounds: liberty to obey holy laws, liberty to keep the commandments of Christ, to serve mankind, to develop to the full all the latent possibilities within our redeemed natures. True Christian liberty never sets us free to indulge our lusts or to follow our fallen impulses.

The desire for unqualified freedom caused the fall of Lucifer and wrought the destruction of the angels that sinned. These sought freedom to do as they willed, and to get it they threw away the beautiful liberty that meant freedom to do the will of God. And the human race followed them in their tragic moral blunder.

by A.W. Tozer