Torrey - Man -6.2- The Results of the New Birth

II. THE RESULTS OF THE NEW BIRTH. 1 Corinthians 3:16 — -"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" 1 Corinthians 6:19 — "What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"

First Proposition: The regenerated man is a temple of God; the Spirit of God dwelleth in him.

When anyone submits himself to the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit takes up His abode in Him. Romans 8:9 — "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Second Proposition: The regenerated man is not in the flesh, but in the Spirit The flesh is not the sphere in which he thinks, feels, lives, and acts; rather, the Spirit is the sphere in which he thinks, feels, lives, and acts.

While the regenerated man is not the flesh, he still has the flesh: Galatians 5:16-17 — "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."

The new nature received in regeneration does not expel, destroy nor eradicate the old nature. The two exist side by side. The old nature is present, but its deeds are to be put to death through the Spirit. Romans 8:13 — "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."

The flesh is present but we are not under its dominion.

It is said by some that Galatians 5:17 represents a lower experience, but in Romans 8 we get a higher experience when the carnal nature is eradicated. Actually, in Romans 8:12-13, we see the flesh still present, but triumphed over. Romans 8:2 — "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

Third Proposition: The regenerated man is made free from the law of sin and death.

We see in Romans 7:14-24 what the law of sin and death is: "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"

After regeneration the law still works, but the higher "law of the Spirit of Life" comes in and sets us free from its power. In man merely awakened by law, the "law of sin and death" gets a perpetual victory, whereas in the regenerate man, the law of "the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" gets the perpetual victory. Romans 12:2 RV — "And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Fourth Proposition: The regenerated man is outwardly transformed by the inward renewing of his mind so that he is no longer fashioned according to this world.

The regenerated man, however, does not at once manifest perfectly that of which he has the germ in himself. He begins as a babe and must grow: 1 Peter 2:2 — "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." Ephesians 4:13-15 — "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ."

The new life must be fed and developed. Colossians 3:10 RV — "And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him.

Fifth Proposition: The regenerated man is being made anew in knowledge into the likeness of his Creator.

This result of the new birth is a progressive process. The mind of the believer is brought day by day into conformity with the mind of God. Romans 8:5 — "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit."

Sixth Proposition: The regenerated man minds the things of the Spirit He directs his mind toward the things of the Spirit; sets his thoughts, affections and purposes upon them. 1 John 5:1 — "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

Seventh Proposition: The regenerated man believes that Jesus is the Christ.

Of course the faith that John speaks of here is a faith that is real — i.e., a faith that enthrones Jesus as Christ in the heart. Compare to Matthew 16:16-17-''And Simon Peter answered and said, thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." See also John 1:12-13 — "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." 1 John 5:4 RV — "For whatsoever is begotten of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, even our faith."

Eighth Proposition: The regenerated man overcomes the world.

The world is at variance with God; it lieth in the evil one ( 1 John 5:19), and it is constantly exercising a power to draw the believer into disobedience to God (see context, 1 John 5:3), but the one born of God by the power of faith gets the victory over the world. 1 John 3:9 RV — "Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no [is not doing] sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin [be sinning], because he is born of God." (See the original Greek.)

Ninth Proposition: In the one born of God the seed of God remains, and therefore the one born of God does not practice sin.

QUESTION: What is meant here by sin?

ANSWER: Sin here is manifestly something done.

QUESTION: What kind of acts are defined in verse 4, "Transgression of the law" or "lawlessness" (RV)?

ANSWER: Any acts that reveal disregard for God's will as revealed in His word. Sin here is a conscious intentional violation of God's law. The regenerate man will not be doing what he knows is contrary to God's will.

He might do an act contrary to God's will that he does not know is contrary to God's will. It is not, therefore, lawlessness. Perhaps he ought to have known that it was contrary to God's will, and when he is led to see it he will confess his guilt to God.

The tense of the verb "doeth" used here is the present, which denotes progressive or continued action. The literal translation of the passage would be "Every one begotten out of God, sin is not doing, because his seed in him is remaining; and he cannot be sinning, because out of God he is begotten." I” is not taught that he never sins in a single act, but it is taught that he is not going on sinning, making a practice of sin.

The one begotten of God cannot be sinning, because he is begotten of God. The new nature imparted in regeneration renders the continuous practice of sin impossible. 1 John 2:29 RV — "If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one also that doeth righteousness is begotten of him."

Tenth Proposition: He that is begotten of God practices righteousness.

Here again we have the present participle tense, denoting continuous action. It is evident that the thought here is not that be does righteousness in a single case, but that he makes a practice of it. By righteousness is meant the performance of such acts as are conformed to the straight line of God's will revealed in His word. Righteousness is the habitual practice of the one who is begotten of God. He may do individual acts which are unrighteous, but he is a doer of righteousness; "righteousness" is his practice.

The present tense indicating continuous action is forceful in this verse. If we took it as referring to a single act the verse would teach that everyone who does a single righteous act is begotten of God. Of course this is not meant, and evidently the contrasted passage (chap. 3:9) cannot refer to a single act of lawlessness. 1 John 3:14 RV — "We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death." 1 John 4:7 RV — "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God."

Eleventh Proposition: He that is begotten of God loveth the brethren.

QUESTION: Who are meant by the brethren?

ANSWER: Those who are begotten of God. 1 John 5:1 — "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God: and whosoever loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him."

The one who is begotten of God loveth every other one who is begotten of God. The other may be American, English, Negro, Semitic, or Chinese; he may be educated or uneducated, but he is a child of God and a brother, and as such an object of love.

QUESTION: What is meant by love?

ANSWER: First John 3:16-18 defines what John means by love. It is not mere emotion or sentiment, but that genuine desire for another's good that leads to sacrifice for others — even the sacrifice of our own life if necessary. This love is the supreme result, evidence and test of the new birth. 2 Corinthians 5:17 RV — "Wherefore if any man is in Christ he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold they are become new."

Twelfth Proposition: In the regenerated man old things are passed away; they are become new.

Old ideas, old affections, old purposes, and old choices, are replaced by new ideas, new affections, new purposes, and new choices. Titus 3:5 — "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost."

Thirteenth Proposition: Through the bath of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit the regenerated man is already saved.

These results of regeneration are also its evidence and tests, especially the results expressed in Propositions 7-11. If anyone would know whether he has indeed been begotten again let him inquire, "Are the facts stated under Propositions 7- 11 true of me?"