"For those who are according to the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but those who are according to the spirit, the things of the Spirit.
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace." (Rom. 8:5,6)
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." (Rom. 8:14)
The Experience of Life
The First Stage—In Christ
Clearance of the Past
The Second Stage—Abiding in Christ
Dealing with Sins
Dealing with the World
Dealing with the Conscience
Obeying the Teaching of the Anointing
Knowing the Will of God
The Third Stage—Christ Living in Me
Dealing with the Flesh
Dealing with Self
Dealing with the Natural Constitution
Accepting the Discipline of the Holy Spirit
Dealing with the Spirit
Being Filled with the Holy Spirit
The Fourth Stage—Christ's Full Growth in Us
Knowing the Body
Knowing the Ascension
Full of the Stature of Christ
"He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (1 Cor. 6:17)
"The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God." (Rom. 8:16)
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."
"That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh; but according to the spirit,
For those who are according to the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but those who are according to the spirit the things of the Spirit.
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace." (Rom. 8:4-6)
Originally posted by @sonshipA portion on Regeneration as an individual experience of spiritual life:
A book which was singularly helpful to my life after I had read many other books was [b]"The Experience of Life" by Witness Lee.
I recommend it here by showing just the Table of Contents of its chapters.
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I. REGENERATION IS:
1. That Part in the Experience of Salvation Which Is a Matter of Life
The story of how we were saved is the story of how we experienced God’s salvation. God’s salvation is exceedingly full and complete. It includes forgiveness of sins, cleansing, sanctification, justification, freedom from bondage, regeneration, etc.—all these are parts of God’s salvation. Of all these parts, only regeneration is the part of life. The forgiveness of our sins is not a matter of life; neither are the cleansing of our sins, our being sanctified, and our being justified matters of life. Even our being set free from bondage cannot absolutely be a matter of life, since part of this experience has to do with release from the law and another part with freedom from the bondage of sin, and these parts are not entirely of life. All these are only what God has done upon us. Only regeneration is the part of life in God’s salvation. Therefore, when we experience God’s salvation, only regeneration is the experience of that part which is of life.
2. The Center of the Experience of Salvation
Since regeneration is the part which is of life in the experience of salvation, it is then the center of the experience of salvation, because the central purpose of God in saving us is that we may have His life. It is for this that He has forgiven our sins; it is for this that He has cleansed us; it is for this that He has sanctified us; it is for this that He has justified us; and it is for this that He has set us free. He has done all these for one purpose—regeneration. Regeneration, therefore, is the central part of God’s salvation, and it is also the central part of our experience of God’s salvation.
3. The Beginning of the Experience of Life
The first experience of life is regeneration. Without regeneration we have not yet begun our experience of life. When we are regenerated, we then begin to experience life. Therefore, from the standpoint of experience, regeneration is the beginning of the experience of life.
4. The Entering into Us of God’s Life
Since regeneration is the obtaining of God’s life in addition to our original life, the moment we are regenerated is the very moment God’s life enters into us. Regeneration, therefore, is the entering into us of God’s life.
5. The Birth of Christ within Us
Regeneration is not only the entering into us of God’s life, it is also the birth of Christ within us. As God’s life enters into us in Christ and regenerates us, it is on one hand God’s life entering into us, and on the other hand it can be said that Christ is born in us. The birth of Christ in us means that Christ is born once more. Every time a man is regenerated, Christ is born once more in humanity. Hence, regeneration is the birth of Christ within us.
6. The Beginning of the New Man
Regeneration is also the beginning of the new man within us. All our experiences of spiritual life are matters of the new man within us, and this new man begins at the time of our regeneration. Before we are regenerated, we are in Adam, a fallen sinner, the old man. Once we are regenerated, God’s life in Christ enters into us. This life is a new element, and when it mingles with our spirit, it becomes the new man within us. Therefore, every one of us who has been regenerated is a double man: we are on one hand the old man in Adam, fallen; and we are on the other hand the new man in Christ, saved. This new man begins at the time of our regeneration. Hence, regeneration is the beginning of the new man.