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Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
~ John 3:7
- Man’s heart is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9).
- His mind is blinded by Satan (2 Cor. 4:4) and darkened by sin (Eph. 4:18), so that his thoughts are only evil continually (Gen. 6:5).
- His affections are prostituted, so that he loves what God hates, and hates what God loves. His will is enslaved from good (Rom. 6:20) and opposed to God (Rom. 8:7).
- He is without righteousness (Rom. 3:10), under the curse of the law (Gal. 3:10) and is the captive of the Devil.
- His condition is truly deplorable, and his case desperate. He cannot better himself, for he is “without strength” (Rom. 5:6).
- He cannot work out his salvation, for there dwelleth no good thing in him (Rom. 7:18).
He needs, then, to be born of God, “for in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation” (Gal. 6:15). Man is a fallen creature. It is not that a few leaves have faded, but that the entire tree has become rotten, root and branch. There is in every one that which is radically wrong. The word “radical” comes from a Latin one which means “the root,” so that when we say a man is radically wrong, we mean that there is in him, in the very foundation and fiber of his being, that which is intrinsically corrupt and essentially evil. Sins are merely the fruit, there must of necessity be a root from which they spring. It follows, then, as an inevitable consequence that man needs the aid of a Higher Power to effect a radical change in him. There is only One who can effect that change: God created man, and God alone can re- create him. Hence the imperative demand, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). Man is spiritually dead and naught but all-mighty power can make him alive.
Quoted from Regeneration by Arthur W. Pink