The New Birth Voice of the Lord
The 29th Psalm is all about the voice of the Lord. In verse 4 the psalmist
states, "The ‘voice' of the Lord is powerful..." From the very beginning of the
bible we see the power in God's voice manifest as he said, "Let there be light:
and there was light." By simply speaking, God created the natural universe in
which we live! Now that is power!
In contrast, the voice of man can either
hurt or soothe the eardrum, but it cannot bring anything into existence. Only
God's voice has the power to create.
God's voice gives life to the dead. When
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, it was written that Jesus "cried with a loud
‘voice,' Lazarus come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and
foot with graveclothes..." Jesus with his voice spake the name of Lazarus and he
came forth from the dead. In 1 Thes. 4:16 we read about the resurrection of our
bodies from the grave, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the ‘voice' of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the
dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with him in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so
shall we ever be with the Lord." Similarly this power of Jesus' voice in
raising the dead bodies from the grave is written about in John 5:28, 29, "Marvel
not at this: for the hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves
shall hear his ‘voice,' and shall come forth..." Thus we must conclude that
the efficient cause of the resurrection of the dead bodies in the grave is the
"voice" of the Son of God!
Before we are born of the Spirit of God
(born again) the bible describes us as being dead in trespasses and sins (Eph.
2:1). When we were dead in trespasses and sins we had no spiritual life. As God
is the creator of all things, it is He who has "created us in Christ Jesus
unto good works." This creation is the new birth. Please note, as follows,
that it is the ‘voice' of the Son of God and not the voice of man that brings
Spiritual life into the dead faculties of our heart and soul:
a. John 5:25, "Verily, verily, I say
unto you, The hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the ‘voice of
the Son of God:' and they that hear shall live."
b. John 6:63, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
the words that ‘I speak' unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
c. John 10:16, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also
I must bring, and they shall hear ‘my voice;' and there shall be one fold, and
d. John 10:27, 28, "My sheep hear ‘my voice' and I know them, and they follow
me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither
shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
To the above I make the following
a. It is the "voice" of the Son of God
that gives life to those who were before spiritually dead.
b. The flesh does not assist in giving
spiritual life because "the flesh profiteth nothing." Thus the preacher,
teacher, friend, or parent cannot give eternal life nor can my actions as a
fleshly being help cause the new birth.
c. All those to whom the "voice" of the
Son of God is spoken hear and are given eternal life.
d. All those that the Lord speaks life
into are preserved from perishing.
Now we may ask ourselves the question,
"Have I heard the voice of the Son of God and what did it sound like?" When
Elijah the prophet fled from the wicked queen Jezebel, the Lord told him in 1
Kings 19:11 13, "And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the
Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the
mountains and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in
the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the
earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire:
and after the fire a ‘still small voice.' And it was so, when Elijah heard it,
that he wrapped his face in his mantle..." A still voice would make no
naturally audible sound.
Yet the still voice of the Lord is more
powerful that the great wind, earthquake, and fire! God brings forth the new
birth with a still small voice that our natural ears cannot hear. Yet we can
know we have been born again by the evidences in our lives. This we shall
address in another essay.
Finally we read in Is. 55:10, 11 of the certainty of the new birth to those to
whom God speaks, "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and
returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and
bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my
word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but
it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing
whereto I sent it." When God speaks his word into the dead faculties of the
heart and soul, it does not return to God void, but it accomplishes what God
pleases (the new birth) and it prospers in the thing whereto he sent it.
Praise God for his powerful still small
voice that caused us to be born again.
The New Birth Love in the Heart
When God causes us to be born again several things happen to us. One of the
things that happened to us is that God wrote his laws in our heart and our mind.
Several verses of scripture point to this which we quote as follows:
A. Heb. 8:10, "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
B. Heb. 10:16, "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those
days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds I
will write them."
C. II Cor. 3:3, "Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of
Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living
God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."
D. Rom. 2:15, "Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their
conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or
else excusing one another."
From the above scriptures several
conclusions can be drawn. First, the laws of God are written into both the heart
and the mind. Secondly, it is God who does the writing and not man. Thirdly,
these laws written in our heart and mind serve as the basis or foundation for
our covenant worship of God. The foundation of the law worship or service was
the ten commandments written on two tables of stone. The foundation of our
worship under the gospel is the laws of God written in our hearts and mind.
Fourthly, these laws written in our heart and mind along with the conscience God
gave us serve as the basis for the self examining courtroom of our heart and
We may ask ourselves, "Just what laws did
God write in our hearts and minds?" I Thes. 4:9 seems to be the key to answering
this question, "But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto
you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another." Clearly God
has taught us to love one another and not man. Clearly, this was a direct
teaching from God to man without any intermediator (preacher). I John 3:14, "We
know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren."
Love for the brethren is a direct evidence of the new birth. Anyone who loves
the brethren has been born again! Therefore, we know that God has written love
into our hearts and mind in the new birth. Matt. 22:37 40 ties down for us that
love toward God is to be manifest in our heart, soul, and mind, "Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto
it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all
the law and the prophets." Thus God writes these two great laws in our
hearts and mind and as a result we are able to love God and our neighbor.
Without these laws written in our hearts and mind we would be unable to love
either God or our neighbor. James 2:8 says, "If ye fulfill the royal law
according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do
well." Rom. 13:8 reads, "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:
for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Finally, we read in
Rom. 2:14, 15 "For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature
the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto
themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts. The
basis of our love toward God and toward our neighbor is founded on the laws of
love that God wrote in our hearts and mind when he caused us to be born again.
Seven Things God Cannot Do
Among the attributes and characteristics of God, there are seven things that the
scriptures teach us that God cannot do. Because of these seven things the
purposes, work, and promises of God are sure. Sometimes you will hear people say
that God can do anything. Certainly he can do anything that he purposes or set
out to do.
The first thing that God cannot do is lie.
Tit. 1:2 "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised
before the world began." Also, Heb. 6:17 "Wherein God, willing more
abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel,
confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was
impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for
refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as
an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that
within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus,
made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." We can rejoice
in the fact that God cannot lie. This makes the promises of God sure. God cannot
promise to do something and then fail to do that which he promised. It simply is
impossible for God to lie. Lying is not one of his attributes.
The second thing that God cannot do is
change. Mal. 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob
are not consumed." Also, James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect
gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning." Because God cannot change, we know
that he cannot change his nature. He cannot be something other than what he is.
He cannot change his mind. He cannot change what he purposes to do. He cannot
change his covenant of redemption.
The third thing that God cannot do is deny
himself. By definition the word deny means to contradict, i.e. disavow, reject,
abnegate:--deny, refuse. 2 Tim. 2:13 "If we believe not, yet he abideth
faithful: he cannot deny himself." God cannot contradict, disavow, or reject
his own character, purpose, or works. God must act based on his sure
characteristics and attributes. Also he cannot refute or disavow or reject his
stated purposes or works.
The fourth thing that God cannot do is
sin. Sin is defined as disobedience to the commandment. Two verses of scripture
taken together show us the impossibility of God sinning. First, 1 John 3:9 "Whosoever
is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot
sin, because he is born of God." That seed that remaineth in him is said to
be incorruptible as set forth in 1 Peter 1:23 "Being born again, not of
corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever." Thus God has an incorruptible nature in which he is
totally incapable of sinning.
The fifth thing that God cannot do is be
tempted with evil. James 1:13 "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am
tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any
man." Regardless of the evil that goes on in the world, Jesus Christ could
not be tempted to do any of it. Satan tried to tempt him, the Pharisees tried to
tempt him, the Sadducees tried to tempt him, the lawyers and scribes tried to
tempt him, the Council and local government officials tried to tempt him, but he
could not be tempted with evil. It is not in his nature to be tempted with evil.
The sixth and seventh things that God
cannot do are stated in Is. 42:4 "He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till
he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law."
God cannot fail. Everything God sets forth to do he will do because he simply
cannot fail. It is not in his nature to fail. It is just impossible for him to
fail. Furthermore, he cannot be discouraged and give up. No task is so difficult
for him that he will become discouraged and give the task up. He will accomplish
his will always.
These seven things that God cannot do
assure us of the certainty of every promise, purpose and work of God being
Elder Vernon Johnson