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heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh?; 36:26 ? ?A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.?

<261831> Ezekiel 18:31 ? ?Cast any from you all your transgressions, wherein ye have transgressed; and make you anew heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?? <470701>2 Corinthians 7:1 ? ?Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God?; cf.

<503512> Philippians 2:12, 13 ? ?work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure?: <490514>Ephesians 5:14 ? ?Awake , thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee.?

When asked the way to heaven, Bishop Wilberforce replied: ?Take the first turn to the right, and go straight forward.? Phillips Brooks?s conversion is described by Professor Allen, Life, 1:266 , as consisting in the resolve ?to be true to himself, to renounce nothing which he knew to be good, and yet bring all things captive to the obedience of God, the absolute surrender of his will to God, in accordance with the example of Christ: ?Lo, I am come...to do thy will, O God? ( <581007>Hebrews 10:7).?

(b) This twofold method of representation can be explained only when we remember that man?s powers may be interpenetrated and quickened by the divine, not only without destroying man?s freedom, but with the result of making man for the first time truly free. Since the relation between the divine and the human activity is not one of chronological succession, man is never to wait for God?s working. If he is ever regenerated, it must be in and through a movement of his own will, in which he turns to God as unconstrained and with as little consciousness of God?s operation upon him, as if no such operation of God were involved in the change. And in preaching, we are to press upon men the claims of God and their duty of immediate submission to Christ. It is with the certainty that they who do so submit will subsequently recognize this new and holy activity of their own wills as due to a working within them of divine power.

<19B003> Psalm 110:3 ? ?Thy people offer themselves willingly in the day of thy power.? The act of God is accompanied by an activity of man. Dorner: ?God?s act initiates action.? There is, indeed an original changing of man?s tastes and of affections, and in this man is passive. But this is only the first aspect of regeneration. In the second aspect of it ? the rousing of man?s powers ? God?s action is accompanied by man?s activity and regeneration is but the obverse side of conversion. Luther?s

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