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26/10/2008 / Test All Things

The Initial Quickening

Yet this instrumentality of the word in regeneration seems not so agreeable to the principle of grace implanted in the soul in regeneration, and to be understood with respect to that; since that is done by immediate infusion, and is represented as a creation; and now as God made no use of any instrument in the first and old creation, so neither does it seem so agreeable that he should use any in the new creation: wherefore this is rather to be understood of the exertion of the principle of grace, and drawing it forth into act and exercise; which is excited and encouraged by the ministry of the word, by which it appears that a man is born again; so the three thousand first converts, and the jailor, were first regenerated, or had the principle of grace wrought in their souls by the Spirit of God, and they were directed and encouraged by the ministry of the apostles to repent and believe in Christ; whereby it became manifest that they were born again.
(John Gill. A Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity. Page 534 of the 1950 Turner Lassetter reprint.)

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  1. Robert / Mar 2 2010 11:42 pm

    God uses the same Word to create us in Christ Jesus as He did to create the world and all things therein. It is inconsistent to say God used the Lord Jesus to create the world thus He uses the written and man-preached word to create us anew in Christ. In both cases God spoke and there was life. The dead hear the voice of the Son of God and live. The quick and powerful Word of God is the Lord Jesus Christ, the incorruptable Word that liveth and abideth forever.

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