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What does it mean to be spiritually dead? And why is the new birth so precious?
The following ten posts (based upon John Piper’s book Finally Alive) unpack the hard truth that we are dead apart from the new birth…
And until we look back at our dreadful, wicked condition and see that God–and only God–yanked us up out of it will we ever fully know his mercy and love for us.
What does it mean to be spiritually dead? A biblical answer. With a little help from my friend John Piper.
On the surface our problem–that is, our condition apart from the new birth–looks like ignorance. But it’s something deeper.
Did you know that new birth draws you AWAY from your lusts TO Christ? Yet, the drawing is not moral persuasion. It’s something different. And superior.
People who reject Christ are blind. And there’s only one cure. Fortunately, these people who follow this blog know the secret and aren’t shy about it.
Intellectual discussions deserve exchanges of argument and counter-argument. The only problem is, sin is not an intellectual problem. It’s something else.
Why do you need to be born again? Because you are a child of wrath. And how you got to be that way may surprise you.
The person dead-set on embracing all the world has to offer can never please God. And that’s a dangerous thing.
Two things essentially arise from an abandonment of Christianity: Your sense of morality and your bitterness towards God. This is what it means to love the dark.
To be a slave to sin is a terrible thing. But enslavement to sin doesn’t mean one struggles against it. Quite the contrary.
The path to new birth is strewn with opposition. And as if that wasn’t enough to discourage or depress you, let me add another one.
Update: Added Slaves to Sin on Thursday, January 7, for a total of ten hard truths about being born again.