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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born from above" (of God); or "Ye must be born anew;" or, again, "Or ye cannot see the kingdom of God;" and again, "Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Another expression of our Lord's is very like this: "Except ye repent ye shall perish." Both have the same end in view. One expression was made to an ordinary assembly, to convey the idea that a great change must come upon them before they can escape the final judgments of God; the other was made to a polite and learned ruler, concerned to know the nature of the kingdom of God. To him the character of the change is more definitely indicated: it was a new birth, not of men, but of God, from above. Therefore regeneration has the same meaning as repentance, but in larger extent or scope; the one signifies a change, the other what that change is. Without our assent or consent we have been created, and are born into the world. The inheritance of our birth is a spiritual death, with a natural life from which none can redeem himself. As we did not, could not, create, so we cannot re-create ourselves, and only by causes without can our nature be remoulded. It is, therefore, one of the plainest of truths to reason, as well as of the Scripture: God only can work a change within us, and if He begin it in repentance, He only can perfect it in regeneration. And this will show the similarity of Christ's words in their practical ends, "Ye must be born anew, from above, of God," to those of James, "Of His own will begat He us." Christ was speaking to two different characters, but though diverse, both needed a repentance from death to life; James is...
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