FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
“Ye must be born again!”
THE SPIRIT REGENERATING (I)
I was only a child of eight but the scene remains imprinted in my mind to this day. The man lay motionless on the roadside. His wife crouched over him, embraced him and with loud sobbing called out to him. But he did not respond in any way. I had seen death. The breath of life had left the man and he could neither hear nor see nor feel. He was a corpse and only by some miracle could life be restored to him.
That is a picture of the unregenerate man: he is dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1). He cannot enter God’s Kingdom (John 3:3, 5). We may approach him in ever so many ways but he will not and cannot respond. We may thunder into his ears with threats of hell, display before his eyes the Law of God, appeal to his reason and intellect with the logic of the Gospel, but all to no avail, for he is dead in sin. God must come to his aid. Every child of Adam is in the same sad condition, spiritually dead. His intellect, will and emotions are corrupt. His intellect is dead to the things of God. No amount of reasoning will penetrate his thinking. He simply cannot grasp them, for sin has killed his understanding. He is blind, deaf and unfeeling towards spiritual things. His will is enslaved by sin, his emotions are hostile to God (Rom 8:7). He is dead towards God. He needs spiritual life. He needs a miracle.
To Nicodemus, and every seeking soul, our Lord says, “You must be born again! You must be regenerated by the Spirit of God if you wish to enter God’s Kingdom.” This world passes away and every earthling with it. But God’s everlasting Kingdom endures and is prepared, reserved for those equipped with “Kingdom life,” God’s life. This life is the gift of God the Holy Spirit. No man can earn it or buy it. Man can do nothing, no more than a corpse can get up and walk. Only God’s Spirit can give life. Read Titus 3:5. Come then, dear reader, and by faith in Jesus Christ, receive the regeneration of the Spirit, not of works lest any man should boast (Eph 2:9).
THOUGHT: Have I been regenerated, born again?
PRAYER: Lord, may Thy Spirit begin this work in me today.