Many Bible teachers place “reliance upon the Spirit to overcome the old nature by
means of the new nature. This leads the believer to seek the filling of the Spirit
in order to overcome sin and the old nature and to be conformed to the image
of Christ. Thus the Biblical means of freedom from the domination of sin is
passed over, leaving the old man [sinful nature] free to block true spiritual progress.” mjs

A few of these folks do teach the believer’s crucified position, but they fail “to
teach the application of that positional crucifixion! Instead of counting upon the
finished work, [they call] upon the will, thereby abandoning the struggling believer to
the rigors of Romans Seven. [They] offer no rest through reckoning upon our death
and resurrection with Christ, but only the civil war of ceaseless conflict and life-long
warfare with sin and the old nature.” mjs

“The Cross and the Christ-life are inseparable.”
“Grace and growth are inseparable.”

KNOW the facts: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the
body of sin might be [annulled], that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

RECKON on the facts: “Likewise reckon [count on being true] ye also yourselves
to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

YIELD: “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto
sin [nature]: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead,
and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

“I find there are three great stages in the Christian history. First, the greatness of my
salvation. Second, the attractiveness of Christ, Himself. He is my life. I count all
things but rubbish that He might be my gain [in experience]. Very few come to this stage,
but those who do, are in the third stage –here for Him; they could not be otherwise.” JBS

“People are glad enough to find peace, rest, deliverance from fear of judgement…; but to
part with their very self, to be supplanted by the indwelling Christ Himself, to have another
Person exhibit His excellence and His glory, to have His will, His wisdom, His sufficiency
only exhibited and carried out at all times, is very, very different. This is the end of the
gospel which Paul preaches, and it is unutterable glory to the heart that accepts it.” Wm. Newell


The term “new birth” has become quite common in recent years. What does it mean?

The new birth is a Biblical imperative found in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself: “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again [new birth]” (John 3:7) Why is this so?

Our primary purpose is to explain this all-important spiritual birth according to the Scriptures. The Bible is God’s Word, an actual love letter He has written to tell you how you may become a Christian.

However, if you have already received the Lord Jesus as your Savior, we trust this booklet will give you a fuller understanding concerning your spiritual birth and subsequent spiritual growth.

Miles J. Stanford
Colorado Springs, Colorado



“Views which hold that we can be “filled” one moment
simply by praying and yielding, then “unfilled” the next,
have reduced the spiritual life dangerously close to a
mechanical formula. Spiritual growth is the product of
a relationship, not the application of a formula. If the
“fullness of the Spirit” means anything, it means
Christlikeness (cf. Gal. 5:22,23), and this only comes
by walking with Him through a lifetime of intimate


We all fall under the category of being a prodigal son, whether it’s the son that left home or the one who stayed with his father. Miles J. Standford, in his “Cross References” booklet (pages 21 – 26) covers this subject.


“An understanding of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is basic to Christian living.  Spirituality is Christlikeness, and Christlikeness is the fruit of the Spirit.  Spiritual power is not necessarily or usually the miraculous or spectacular, but rather the consistent manifestation of the characteristics of the Lord Jesus in the believer’s life.  All of this is the work of the Spirit, of whom the Lord Jesus said, “He shall glorify Me.”

“They were all filled.”  But remember, this was a testimony to Christ, for the Holy Spirit ever and always works in relation to Him.  It is the Father’s beloved Son who is to “fill all things.”  To be filled with–or by-the Spirit is to be filled with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do not make the Holy Spirit a fenced–around and separate Object.  His ministry is to fill all things with the Lord Jesus Christ.”