Booth’s Glad Tidings On Regeneration

Abraham Booth, Glad Tidings

p238 “According to fatalism, the word of truth having no influence, is of no use in regeneration, the salutary and important change being produced entirely without it..It is too hastily assumed that the mind is prepared to receive the light of spiritual knowledge before the truth have any influence on it.”

p247 “Now the question is: Do the Scriptures lead us to conclude that the mind and the conscience are brought into the new state by an immediate divine energy, without the medium of either the law or the gospel? I think not. It is written: by the law is the knowledge of sin.

p249 “For an ‘awakened sinner’ to be persuaded that regeneration is effected without the instrumentality of divine truth, is to give an injurious direction to his prayers and expectations. 

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5 Comments on “Booth’s Glad Tidings On Regeneration”

  1. mark mcculley Says:

    “The entrance of thy word gives light” — Psalm 119:130.

    “The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” — Ephesians 6:17.

    “Is not my word like as fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer, that breaks the rock in pieces?” — Jeremiah 23:29.

    “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” –John 6:63.

    “In Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” — 1 Corinthians 4:15.

    “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures” — James 1:18.

    “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever” — 1 Peter 1:23.

    “He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” — 2 Thessalonians 2:14.

    “Ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” — John 15:3.

    “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” — John 17:17.

    “That they also might be sanctified through the truth” — John 17:19.

    “God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed, from the heart, the model of doctrine into which ye were delivered” — Romans 6:17.

    “The gospel, which is come unto you, as it is in all the world, and brings forth fruit” — Colossians 1:5, 6.

    “The word of God, which effectually works in you that believe” — 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

    “You have purified yourselves in obeying the truth, through the Spirit” – 1 Peter 1:22

    “The gospel of Christ — is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believes” — Romans 1:16.

    “The gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved” — 1 Corinthians 15:1, 2.

    “The word, or doctrine of the cross, is to us who are saved the power of God” — 1 Corinthians 1:18.

  2. markmcculley Says:

    absolutely agreed with you about the need for gospel in regeneration. No power apart from the Spirit, but also no power apart from the message.
    II Thessalonians 2: 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to LOVE THE TRUTH and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned WHO DO NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    Romans 1: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for the gospel itself is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek
    I Corinthians 1: 18 For the message of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved the message of the cross is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
    “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
    and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
    20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the message of the cross to save those who believe.
    I Cor 2: 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit,interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.[d]14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

  3. markmcculley Says:

    want to talk about Mcmahon’s confusion of two ideas. The extent of the atonement and the idea that “the sinner must obtain and understand his subjective experience of the work of Christ for him personally. ”

    I don’t believe that second thing. Most of the people I know who believe that the gospel talks about the extent of the atonement don’t believe that second thing. We know you can’t have an experience of knowing you are elect before you believe the gospel. So we don’t believe that second thing.

    But Mcmahon puts the two things together. Without argument, he simply assumes that if you talk about extent in the gospel, then you will be one of those persons trying to find your election in some experience before you think you can believe the gospel.

  4. markmcculley Says:

    Hebrews 10: 14 “For by a single offering (His death) that Christ has perfected (past tense) for all time (forever perfected by the single offering) those who are being sanctified (set aside).

    Giovanni Camacho –That statement of “those who are being sanctified” refers to the individual elect sinners who come to believe the gospel. “Being sanctified” refers to them being set aside by God in time-they are saved during their lifetimes

    Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for His body, that is, the church.

    Colossians 2: 9 For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, 10 and you are complete in Christ

  5. markmcculley Says:

    the antinomians say, don’t ask yourself if you believe the gospel
    think instead about the faith of Christ and not about if you have faith in Christ
    since our works are excluded in salvation, preachers say, our faith in Christ is also a work
    so don’t even think about your own faith in Christ

    preachers say, look to Christ don’t look to yourself
    but end up separating Christ and Christ giving us faith
    though the elect do not receive faith by faith,
    the elect receive both Christ’s death and assurance from Christ’s death
    but some preach justification already for those without faith in the gospel
    preachers say, don’t look to yourself looking to Christ
    look to Christ alone, but without looking at your looking
    preachers is still preaching
    but i don’t know exactly what it means to look to Christ
    while trying hard not to look at yourself looking to Christ
    Christ was there then, I am here now
    does this mean, since i was not there then, I cannot here now look to Christ?
    you were already born saved, they say, before you look, without looking
    Christ, I trust you not only for the salvation of the elect whoever they may be
    Christ, I look to you for MY salvation

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