07 March 2013

What Does "Born Again" Really Mean?

“… we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are born again, for there are many who fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there be something more added to it-the being born again, is a matter so mysterious, that human words cannot describe it. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.*

"Nevertheless, it is a change which is known and felt: known by works of holiness, and felt by a gracious experience. This great work is supernatural. It is not an operation which a man performs for himself: a new principle is infused, which works in the heart, renews the soul, and affects the entire man. It is not a change of my name, but a renewal of my nature, so that I am not the man I used to be, but a new man in Christ Jesus. To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it alive: man can do the one, God alone can do the other.”
~ Charles H. Spurgeon

* The Gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 8


Flier389 said...

Thank you.

Rev. Paul said...

You're welcome, sir.

OldAFSarge said...

Good words from the Good Book, can't go wrong with that Rev. Thanks for those words.

Old NFO said...

Good words and a good point!

Rev. Paul said...

You're welcome, Sarge.

Thanks, NFO.