1. Scripture Representations.
(a) Regeneration is a change indispensable to the salvation of the sinner.
<430307> John 3:7 ? ?Ye must be born anew?; <480615>Galatians 6:15 ? ?neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature? (margin ? ?creation?); cf. <581214>Hebrews 12:14 ? ?the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord? ? regeneration, therefore, is yet more necessary to salvation; <490203>Ephesians 2:3 ? ?by nature children of wrath, even as the rest ?; <450311>Romans 3:11 ? ?There is none that understandeth, There is none that seeketh after God?; <430644>John 6:44, 65 ? ?No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him...no man can come unto me, except it be given unto him of the Father?; <241323>Jeremiah 13:23 ? ?Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil?
(b) It is a change in the inmost principle of life.
<430303> John 3:3 ? ?Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God?; 5:21 ? ?as the Father raiseth the dead and giveth them life, even so the Son also giveth life to whom he will ?; <450613>Romans 6:13 ? ?present yourselves unto God, as alive from the dead?; <490201>Ephesians 2:1 ? ?And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins?; <490514>Ephesians 5:14 ? ?Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee.? In <430644>John 6:44, 65 ? ?born anew? = not, ?altered,? ?influenced,? ?reinvigorated,? ?reformed?, but a new beginning, a new stamp or character, a new family likeness to God and to his children. ?So is every one that is born of the Spirit? ( <430308>John 3:8) =
1. Secrecy of process,
2. Independence of the will of man,
3. Evidence given in results of conduct and life. It is a good thing to remove the means of gratifying an evil appetite but how much better it is to remove the appetite itself. It is a good thing to save men from frequenting dangerous resorts by furnishing safe places of recreation and entertainment but far better is it to implant within the man such a love for all that is pure and good, that he will instinctively shun the impure and evil. Christianity aims to purify the springs of action.
(c) It is a change in the heart, or governing disposition.
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