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You Have a New Capacity

October 8, 2019

In his great mercy he has given us new birth. 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

Nature determines appetite, but it also determines capacity. Dogs can’t fly; it’s not in their nature. Fish can’t run; it’s not in their nature. Sinners cannot live in the presence of God, and sinners cannot obey the laws of God or please God (Rom. 8:8).

That used to be your position. But when you are born again, God’s Spirit comes to live in you, giving you not only the desire to live a new life, but also the capacity. Never underestimate the miracle that God has done in bringing you to faith in Jesus Christ. This new birth is a wonderful thing. No wonder Peter says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has given us new birth!”

Maybe you are wondering, How do I know if I am born again? I’m not sure I can name a time and a place. Do you have any vivid recollections about your own physical birth? You’ve probably heard about it, but you likely don’t remember anything whatsoever about it!

The evidence that you were born is that you are alive. The evidence that a person was born again is that he or she is living a new life.

Do you know the time or the place when you were born again? Are you living a new life? Which one matters more?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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