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When speaking of the regenerated person's new nature cooperating with the Holy Spirit in conversion, care must be given to note that:

1. The activity of the person always results from a previous work of God in him: his new nature was implanted by God in regeneration.

2. The activity of the person always results from the presence of the sustaining and empowering influence of the Holy Spirit His new nature depends upon the abiding life, care, and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Without this continual, imparting grace, the new nature could not live or act; it would be overpowered by the sinful, old nature.

These two points must be clearly understood; otherwise, man would receive credit which belongs solely to God. Man's new nature, which loves God and desires perfect conversion to His will, is totally a result of God's life-implanting grace. Its exercise is totally dependent upon God's life-sustaining grace.

Therefore, the regenerated person is willing, but he has been made, and is kept, willing by the gracious work of the Holy Spirit. The one truth is important because it confirms that God's child does personally repent, believe, and obey. The other is necessary because it maintains that his repenting, believing, and obeying is purely the result of God's free and sovereign grace.

    To illustrate the previous truths, Mr. Andrews, a catechism teacher wrote the following three Scripture verses on the chalkboard:


Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.

- Acts 3:19a


For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shuld not perish, but have everlasing life.

- John 3:16


Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the alter?

- James 2:21

    Mr. Andrews addressed his class, "Can you see from these texts whether those who are saved may credit themselves for salvation; whether they are saved because of their own repentance, faith, and obedience (good works), or not?"


And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.

- Ezekiel 36:27

And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. and hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.

- I John 3:24

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people.

- Hebrews 8:10

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

- Philippians 2:13

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

- I Peter 1:5


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