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The Fall of Man

When Adam and Eve rebelled in the Garden of Eden sin begat sin.

  1. Only Christians are Regenerated in Their Spirits

    The Regeneration of Man

    Why must a sinner be born anew? Why must he be born from above? Why must there be a regeneration of the spirit? Because man is a fallen spirit. A fallen spirit needs to be reborn that it may become a new one. Just as Satan is a fallen spirit, so is man; only he has a body. Satanís fall came before manís; we therefore can learn about our fallen state from Satanís plunge. Satan was created as a spirit that he might have direct communion with God. But he fell away and became the head of the powers of darkness. He now is separated from God and from every godly virtue. This, however, does not signify that Satan is non-existent. His fall only took away his right relationship with God. Similarly, man in his fall also sank into darkness and separation from God. Manís spirit still exists but is separated from God, powerless to commune with Him and incapable of ruling. Spiritually speaking, manís spirit is dead. Nonetheless, as the spirit of the sinful archangel exists forever so the spirit of sinful man continues too. Because he has a body his fall rendered him a man of the flesh (Gen. 6.3). No religion of this world, no ethics, culture or law can improve this fallen human spirit. Man has degenerated into a fleshly position; nothing from himself can return him to a spiritual state. Wherefore regeneration or regeneration of the spirit is absolutely necessary. The Son of God alone can restore us to God, for He shed His blood to cleanse our sins and give us a new life.

    Immediately the sinner believes in the Lord Jesus he is born anew. God grants him His uncreated life that the sinnerís spirit may be made alive. The regeneration of a sinner occurs in his spirit. Godís work begins without exception within the man, from the center to the circumference. How unlike Satanís pattern of work! He operates from the outer to the inner. God aims first to renew manís darkened spirit by imparting life to it, because it is this spirit which God originally designed to receive His life and to commune with Him. Godís intent after that is to work out from the spirit to permeate manís soul and body.

    This regeneration gives man a new spirit as well as quickens his old one. ďA new spirit I will put within youĒóďThat which is born of the Spirit is spiritĒ (Ezek. 36.26; John 3.6). The ďspiritĒ in these passages has Godís life in view, for it is not what we originally possessed; it is accorded us by God at our regeneration. This ...