is a sense as we naturally stand that there is something wrong about us. The solution is a sense that we are saved from the ?wrongness? by making proper connection with the higher powers.
(e) It is a change thought in connection with the use of truth as a means.
<590118> James 1:18 ? ?Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth? ? here in connection with the special agency of God (not of mere natural law) the truth is spoken of as a means; <600123>1 Peter 1:23 ? ?having been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth?; <610104>2 Peter 1:4 ? ?his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature?; cf. <242329>Jeremiah 23:29 ? ?Is not my word like fire? saith Jehovah; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?? <431503>John 15:3 ? ?Already ye are clean because of the word which I have spoken unto you?; <490617>Ephesians 6:17 ? ?the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God?; <580412>Hebrews 4:12 ? ?For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart?; <600209>1 Peter 2:9 ? ?called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.? An advertising sign reads: ?For spaces and ideas, apply to Johnson and Smith.? In regeneration, we need both the open mind and the truth to instruct it, and we may apply to God for both.
(f) It is a change instantaneous, secretly thought, and known only in its results.
<430524> John 5:24 ? ?He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment but hath passed out of death into life?; cf. <400624>Matthew 6:24 ? ?No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other.? <430308>John 3:8 ? ?The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit?; 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?; <610110>2 Peter 1:10 ? ?Wherefore, brethren give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure.?
(g) It is a change wrought by God.
<430113> John 1:13 ? ?who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God?; 3:5 ? ?Except one be born of
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