Morning, March 6, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“You must be born again.” — John 3:7
Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to take note that we really are “born again,” for there are many who imagine they are who are not. Be assured that the name of Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian home, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there is something more added to it—that thing spoken of here, being “born again,” which is a matter so mysterious, that human words cannot describe it. “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nevertheless, it is a change which is known and felt: known by works of holiness, and felt by experiencing grace. 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. If you have then, been “born again,” your acknowledgment will be, “O Lord Jesus, everlasting Father, you are my spiritual Parent; unless your Spirit had breathed into me the breath of a new, holy, and spiritual life, I would have been to this day dead in trespasses and sins. My heavenly life is wholly derived from you; to you I credit it. My life is hidden with Christ in God. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” May the Lord enable us to be confident on this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned, without God, and without hope.