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A Basic Handbook
on Salvation

for Personal or Group Study



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HAROLD M. FRELIGH
A Basic Handbookon Salvation

for Personal orGroup Study

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some body of believers, and church membership is
a worthy means of propagating Christian fellowship and
the spreading of the gospel, but one who has his
name written in a record on earth should also have
it written in heaven. Otherwise he is nothing but
an adherent to an institution, and knows nothing
of spiritual vitality as a member of the body of Christ.

‘ Baptism does not regenerate. There is no iinherent
value in water itself. A bath, which Peter calls “a
putting away of the filth of the flesh," has no potency
to reach the evil heart of the unregenerated. When
baptism is “the answer of a good conscience toward
God," when the baptismal candidate puts his trust
in the resurrected Christ-as his Saviour (I_Pet. 3:21),
then this sacred ordinance has ‘its proper testimony.
Baptism is a holy rite practiced by believers. It is a
declaration to God, to the candidate himself, and to
the world that the one participating therein is identi-
fying himself with Christ‘s death and resurrection,
and has become a humble follower of the Lamb.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into
death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the Father, even so we also should
walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:4-).

Religious ceremonies will not produce regeneration.
Non-Christian religions have forms of prayer, ablutions,
ritualistic observances, yet the votaries know nothing
of a changed life or deliverance from sin. It is possible
for one to go through all the forms that his church
or creed demands, and still be unregenerated. To
substitute formalism for personal faith in Christ Jesus
is to set aside His work on the cross.

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There are both the human and divine sides in
the work of regeneration. It is true that God alone
regenerates; the work is absolutely divine, and comes
from above. But‘ it is also true that there is a responsi-
bility resting upon those who know the Saviour to
preach Him to others (Rom. 10:14-; I Cor. 1:21), and
to pray (Matt. 9:38; Rom. 10:1). The responsibility
resting on the unregenerated is to respond Qto God's
invitation.

One of the first hindrances to man's regeneration
is his pride. This enemy stands guard to turn back
all offers of mercy that come to man. Consequently,
one of the first requisites is that ‘one must become as
a little child? “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever
shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child‘
shall in no wise enter therein" (Luke 18: 17). The
way is narrow that leads to life, and only those who
are willing to humble themselves are able to enter
therein.

Regeneration comes through believing God's written
Word: “These things have I written unto you that
believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe
on the name of the Son of God“ (I John 5:13).

To believe the Word is to believe the record con-
cerning Jesus, and to rest not only on the Word but
also upon Jesus himself whom the Word reveals:
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us
eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath
the Son hath life" (I John 5:11, 12a).

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HAROLD M.T=nEL|<§F|'
"The appearance of a good, readable book

dealing with basic Christianity is an event, and
should be welcomed with enthusiasm. Newborn
is such a book. It is frankly a book on Christian
doctrine, especially the doctrine ofsalvation as it
affects the individual Christian. It does not strain
after effects or try to be ‘original,’ but stays close
to the Word ofGod in mood, in language, and in
purpose. The urgency of the true Christian
teacher may be felt throughout it. "

-A. W. TOZER (from the Foreword)

Flev. Tozer's convictions, penned for the
first edition of this book, accurately reflects
its content and purpose. To his comments
we add one more important emphasis:
Newborn is eminently suited to use in
discussion groups.

It covers eight critical areas of the Christian
life, from repentance to prayer. And the
closing chapter consist of suggested, topics
for discussion concerning each of th-'e eight.

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