Thursday, March 26, 2015

A New Existence

To be born again is, as it were, to enter upon a new existence, to have   a new mind,  a new heart,  new views,  new principles,  new tastes,  new affections,  new likings,  new dislikings,  new fears,  new joys,  new sorrows,  new love to things once hated,  new hatred to things once loved,  new thoughts of God, and ourselves, and the world, and the life to come, and salvation.

He who has been born again, is a new man, a new creature, for old things are passed away.  He receives a new bias and direction. All things have become new! It is the implanting of a new principle which will surely bear good fruit. It is opening the eyes of the blind;  unstopping the ears of the deaf; loosing the tongue of the dumb; giving hands and feet to the maimed and lame.

[J. C. Ryle] 

John 3:3 ... Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:7 ... Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ... Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Galatians 6:15 ... For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

1 Peter 1:23 ... Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.