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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Part Six

Here is the idea: To believe in Jesus is but to glance the eye of faith to Him, to trust Him, with your soul. That is a biblical fact that you can’t ignore, period.

Some want to say, that the sinner has within him just enough to have this kind of saving
faith. They want to say that they can read the Word, hear the preaching of the Gospel, and have enough faith to respond to the message.

Some believe that the Holy Spirit will come to the sinner, but the sinner will reject His plea.

Here is the text again: "Whosoever (everyone) who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God." It is proof positive and never fails. God never fails. God never fails. Period.
So how does this "born of God" happen?

Some see the new birth as an immense mystery. I just don’t understand it.
What appears to be a mystery to us, is not a mystery for God. He is, after all, God.

Some mysteries reveal themselves in the simplest indications. The mystery of the new birth is revealed in the simple indication of faith. I have come to believe that existence of faith is an infallible indication of the new birth within the believer.

The Mystery of ELECTRICITY:
Electricity is a mystery. The telegraph can be sent across a wire. You can see it, or feel it, and the electric current flows along the wire. But if you have an indicator, you can see the needle moving. The person who has learned to read the needle indicator can know how much electricity is moving along the wire.
To the trained operator,

Morse and Vail's initial telegraph, which first went into operation in 1844, made indentations on a paper tape when an electrical current was transmitted. Morse's original telegraph receiver used a mechanical clockwork to move a paper tape. When an electrical current was received, an electromagnet engaged an armature that pushed a stylus onto the moving paper tape, making an indentation on the tape. When the current was interrupted, the electromagnet retracted the stylus, and that portion of the moving tape remained unmarked

The Morse code was developed so that operators could translate the indentations marked on the paper tape into text messages

In the original Morse telegraphs, the receiver's armature made a clicking noise as it moved into and out of position to mark the tape. Operators soon learned to translate the clicks directly into dots and dashes, making it unnecessary to use the paper tape.

Here is the illustration: The believer sees in the faith, which is simple as the movements of the needle, an indication that God is operating on the human mind, and the spiritual man discerns that there is an inner secret intimated therein, which the carnal eye cannot interpret.

The indicator , the clue of regeneration, that the Spirit of God has flowed into the deadness of man’s spirit and sent positive current into his negative current of thinking, is that the man has the faith, and believes in Jesus Christ as His Savior.

Can I say, that there has never been this kind of faith in the world, except in a regenerate soul, and never will be. How can you say this? It’s in the text.

John 1:13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Nor of the will of the flesh; man's free will, which is carnal and corrupt, is enmity to God, and impotent to every thing that is spiritually good: regeneration is ascribed to another will and power, even to the will and power of God, and denied of this:

" Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God."
Drafted by Charles E. Whisnant, Proof Checked by Charity Whisnant