Way to Christ
or the New Birth
1. How did
Jesus emphasize the necessity of conversion?
I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little
children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matt.
2. In what
other statement did He teach the same truth?
"Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see
the kingdom of God." John 3:3.
3. How did he
further explain the new birth?
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
God." Verse 5.
4. With what
comparison did He illustrate the subject?
wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but
canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one
that is born of the Spirit." Verse 8.
change is wrought in conversion, or the new birth?
"Even when we
were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved)." Eph. 2:5.
6. What is
one evidence of this change from death to life?
"We know that we
have passed from death unto life, because we
love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in
death." 1 John 3:14.
7. From what
is a converted sinner saved?
know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall
save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."
James 5:20. See Acts 26:14-18.
8. To whom
are sinners brought by conversion?
"Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me. . . . Then will I teach transgressors Thy
ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee." Ps. 51:10-13.
9. In what
words to Peter did Jesus indicate the kind of service a converted person
should render to his brethren?
Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he
may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail
not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." Luke
other experience is associated with conversion?
"For this people's heart
is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of
hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see
with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with
their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal
them." Matt. 13:15.
gracious promise does God make to His people?
heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for Mine anger is
turned away from him." Hosea 14:4.
12. By what
means is this healing accomplished?
was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are
healed." Isa. 53:5.
takes place when one is converted to Christ?
if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation: the
old things are passed away; behold, they are become new." 2 Cor. 5:17, R. V., margin. See Acts 9:1-22;
14. What is
the value of merely outward forms?
Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor
uncircumcision, but a new creature." Gal. 6:15.
what was the original creation wrought?
the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them
by the breath of His mouth." Ps. 33:6.
what instrumentality is conversion wrought?
born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the
word of God, which liveth and abideth forever." 1 Peter 1:23.
change is wrought by beholding Jesus?
we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed
into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the
Lord." 2 Cor. 3:18.
beautiful statue once stood in the market-place of an Italian city.
It was the statue of a Greek slave girl. It represented the slave as tidy
and well dressed. A ragged, uncombed little street child, coming across
the statue in her play one day, stopped and gazed at it in admiration. She
was captivated by it. She gazed long and lovingly. Moved by a sudden
impulse, she went home and washed her face and combed her hair. Another
day she stopped again before the statue and admired it, and got a new
idea. Next day her tattered clothes were washed and mended. Each time she
looked at the statue she found something
in its beauties to admire and copy, until she was a transformed child. By
beholding we become changed.
18. What are
the evidences that one has been born of God?
"If ye know that He
is righteous, ye know that everyone
righteousness is born of Him." "Beloved,
let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth
is born of God, and knoweth God." 1 John 2:29; 4:7.
19. What is
true of every one who believes in Jesus?
believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God." 1 John 5:1.
20. What do
those born of God not do?
know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is
begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him
not." Verse 18.
indwelling power keeps such from sinning?
is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and
he cannot sin, because he is born of God." 1 John 3:9. See I John
5:4; Gen. 39:9.
22. What will
be the experience of those born of the Spirit?
therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Rom. 8:1.
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