In again replying to "Veritas," let me quote the words of...

Newry Reporter,

In again replying to "Veritas," let me quote the words of Paul: "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." Now the "natural man" is mortal man, or Adam, mentioned in the second chapter of Genesis, who is not the creation of God, as has erroneously been supposed, but the product of the carnal mind which Paul terms "enmity against God." It is this man that John is referring to when he says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves." This carnal man is the expression of sin. When the new birth referred to by Jesus when he said, "Ye must be born again," takes place, this new man, born of God, is recognized to be the spiritual man made in the image and likeness of God, recorded in the first chapter of Genesis. In the proportion that human consciousness discerns the spiritual man the mortal or false concept of man will gradually fade from human consciousness till nothing is left but the spiritual idea of God.

Comprehending this, we can understand the warfare between the Spirit and the flesh referred to by Paul in the eighth chapter of Romans—the putting off of mortality and the putting on of immortality. Here and now in this present state of existence is the place and time to begin the work of regeneration. We do not need to wait until after death for the consummation of our hope, as many people believe.

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