“You must be born again!” John 3:7
The imperativeness of the new birth is evident from the fact that man is a fallen creature. Originally he was made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26), fitted to enjoy fellowship with Him. But upon his apostasy, he . . .
was alienated from his Maker,
became unsuited unto the Holy One,
and fled from Him.
The natural man is . . .
a slave of Satan,
dead in sin,
and, therefore, it is no marvel that he needs to be born again.
He is devoid of . . .
any love to God,
or delight in Him,
any relish for heavenly things,
or ability to perform spiritual acts.
A MIRACLE OF GRACE,
then, must be wrought upon him before he is qualified to enter the Father’s house. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. Because it is for those who have been made “fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12), for without holiness no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
An unregenerate person would be entirely out of harmony with the ineffable purity of the celestial courts, and could no more enjoy their company and activities, than could a deaf man enjoy an oratorio or a blind man enjoy the beauties of an exquisite sunset. Therefore a spiritual kingdom requires a spiritual nature, and in order to the acquisition of that, the natural man must be regenerated–divinely regenerated, for the creature can no more quicken himself than he could give himself a natural being.
Regeneration is no . . .
mere outward reformation,
process of education, or
even religious cultivation.
No, it consists of a radical change of heart and transformation of character–the communication of a gracious and holy principle, producing new desires, new capacities, and a new life. Then, do not marvel that in order thereto, a man must be born from above.
Therefore It is a miracle of grace!
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