Tune In, Tone Down, and Sweeten Up
Dr. Adrian Rogers
I want to speak to you today on this subject, TUNE IN, TONE DOWN, AND SWEETEN UP. This is God's plan for born-again Christians.
Now, I read verses 19 and 20, but verse 18 speaks of the new birth. "Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures." And verse 18 speaks of the wonderful new birth that I have experienced and every true Christian has experienced and I trust that you have experienced it. We're hearing a lot today about the new birth, and a lot of people are talking about being born again, however, who have not been born again. One of the ways that you can tell they have not been born again is there's been no change whatever in the way they live. Now, let me tell you something friend, if you've experienced new birth, there's going to be some new behavior. Just write it down, "If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new." And if your religion hasn't changed your life, you'd better change your religion because you don't have the Bible kind. So in verse 18 James speaks of the new birth.
And then beginning in verse 19, he speaks of the new behavior. Some men were standing around talking about different translations of the Bible and some were talking about the Revised Standard Version, others talking about the King James Version, others talking about the New English Bible. Others were talking about the Amplified Version. One man said, "I like my mother's translation best." And they said, "Oh, we didn't know that your mother was a scholar. How did she translate the Bible?" And he said, "My mother translated the Bible into daily living." Amen. That's the translation I think we all need--to translate what we know into life.
James talked about three very pertinent areas of our behavior and I want you to notice these three areas of instruction that Jam ...
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