This morning’s Morning and Evening carries a gravitas of eternal significance. Few subjects demand our careful attention as much as spiritual regeneration.
New birth is a work of the Holy Spirit. We are not clever or strong enough to birth ourselves spiritually. A newborn baby is never delivered by their own desire or effort. Likewise, we all come to Christ naked with empty hands. Salvation belongs to the Lord. He works, calls, and regenerates. I love this line from the text below:
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.
Today’s devotional is full of imperatives, but begs the question: Have you truly been born again? If not, you must be! Your eternal destiny hangs upon this supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. Beg Him for mercy, repent, and cry out to God this morning! Today is the day of salvation! Jesus says in Matthew 7:7-8,
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
He gives to all who ask. He will not turn you away. Want the assurance of second birth? Ask, seek, and knock. Jesus rescues lost sinners. Deny yourself and the rebellious sin that blinds your eyes and strangles your senses before a perfect, loving, and holy God. What has sin ever brought you but death? Turn to the Giver of Life today! Pick up your cross and follow Him.
As for the redeemed, let’s never stray from the wise counsel found in 2 Corinthians 13:5:
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
Here is Alistair Begg’s modern phrasing of the Spurgeon classic.
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You must be born again. — John 3:7
Regeneration is a subject that lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to make sure that we really are “born again,” for there are many who imagine they are, who are not. Be assured that to be called a Christian is not the same nature as being a Christian, and that being born in a Christian country and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no significance at all unless there be something more added to it.
Being “born again” is a matter so mysterious that human words cannot describe it. “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nevertheless, it is a change that 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 that a man performs for himself: A new principle is infused that works in the heart, renews the soul, and affects his whole life.
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 declaration will be, “O Lord Jesus, the everlasting Father, You are my spiritual Parent; if Your Spirit had not breathed into me the breath of a new, holy, and spiritual life, I would still be dead in trespasses and sins.’ My heavenly life is wholly derived from You; to You I ascribe 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 grant us assurance on this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned, without God, and without hope.