Saturday, August 05, 2006

A New Creature

by J. C. Ryle, from "The Gospel of John"

In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth,
no one can see the kingdom of God unless
he is born again." John 3:3

The change which our Lord here declares
needful to salvation is evidently no slight
or superficial one. It is not merely . . .
reformation,
or amendment,
or moral change,
or outward alteration of life.

It is a thorough change of . . .
heart,
will, and
character.

It is a resurrection.

It is a new creation.

It is a passing from death to life.

It is the implanting in our dead hearts
of a new principle from above.

It is the calling into existence
of a new creature, with . . .
a new nature,
new habits of life,
new tastes,
new desires,
new appetites,
new judgments,
new opinions,
new hopes, and
new fears.

All this, and nothing less than this is
implied, when our Lord declares that
we all need a "new birth."

Let us solemnly ask ourselves whether
we know anything of this mighty change.

Have we been born again?

Can any marks of the new birth be seen in us?

Is the image and superscription of the
Spirit to be discerned in our lives?

Happy is the man who can give satisfactory
answers to these questions! A day will come
when those who are not born again will wish
that they had never been born at all.

2 Comments:

Blogger Henry (Rick) Frueh said...

In March of 1975, on Garret Mountain overlooking New York City, I became a follower of Jesus Christ. The next morning everything was different. People looked different; my worries were gone; I was burdened for my unbelieving family; and my life began an immediate journey of sanctification. One by one strongholds of sin were broken and although not all my family acknowledged my faith, they couldn't deny the change. Salvation without change is just religion and not salvation at all!

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Anonymous truthseeker / ken said...

its all about the heart --- CHRIST pointed that out over and over --- modern man has been " brainwashed " into believing the mind is everything ---- the essence of CHRISTS teaching is facing the truth about our selves ---FIRST --- for a marvelous " jumpstart " to spiritual growth --- ask GOD to help you become obedient to the great commandment

6:42 PM  

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