imparted or infused into us. The new life is rather a new direction and activity of our own affections and will. There is indeed a union of the soul with Christ; Christ dwells in the renewed heart. Christ?s entrance into the soul is the cause and accompaniment of its regeneration. But this entrance of Christ into the soul is not itself regeneration. We must distinguish the effect from the cause; otherwise we shall be in danger of a pantheistic confounding of our own personality and life with the personality and life of Christ. Christ is indeed our life, in the sense of being the cause and supporter of our life, but he is not our life in the sense that, after our union with him, our individuality ceases. The effect of union with Christ is rather that our individuality is enlarged and exalted
( <431010>John 10:10 ? ?I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.? See page 799, (c) .
We must therefore take with a grain of allowance the generally excellent words of A. J. Gordon, Twofold Life, 22 ? ?Regeneration is the communication of the divine nature to man by the operation of the Holy Spirit through the word ( <610104>2 Peter 1:4). As Christ was made partaker of human nature by incarnation, that so he might enter into truest fellowship with us, we are made partakers of the divine nature, by regeneration, that we may enter into truest fellowship with God. Regeneration is not a change of nature, i . e., a natural heart bettered. Eternal life is not natural life prolonged into endless duration. It is the divine life imparted to us, the very life of God communicated to the human soul and bringing forth there its proper fruit.? Dr. Gordon?s view that regeneration adds a new substance or faculty to the soul is the result of making literal the Scripture metaphors of creation and life. This turning of symbol into fact accounts for his tendency toward annihilation doctrine in the case of the unregenerate, toward faith cure and the belief that prayer can removed all physical evils. E. H. Johnson, The Holy Spirit: ?Regeneration is a change, not in the quantity, but in the quality, of the soul.? E. G. Robinson, Christian Theology, 320 ? ?Regeneration consists in a divinely wrought change in the moral affections.?
So, too, we would criticize the doctrine of Drummond, Nat. Law in the Spir. World: ?People forget the persistence of force. Instead of transforming energy, they try to create it. We must either depend on environment, or be self-sufficient. The ?cannot bear fruit of itself?
( <431504>John 15:4) is the ?cannot? of natural law. Natural fruit flourishes with air and sunshine. The difference between the Christian and the non- Christian is the difference between the organic and the inorganic. The Christian has all the characteristics of life: assimilation, waste, reproduction and spontaneous action.? See criticism of Drummond, by
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