Ye Must Be Born Again
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on John 3:7b: . . . Ye must be born again.
Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and 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. If you have then, been *born again,* your acknowledgment will be, *O Lord Jesus, the everlasting Father, Thou art my spiritual Parent; unless Thy Spirit had breathed into me the breath of a new, holy, and spiritual life, I had been to this day *dead in trespasses and sins.* My heavenly life is wholly derived from Thee, to Thee I ascribe it. *My life is hid with Christ in God.* It is no longer I who live, but Christ who liveth in me.*
May the Lord enable us to be well assured on this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned, without God, and without hope.
We cannot be reminded too often that the way to become born again is to receive Jesus because becoming a child of God and becoming born again define the same thing.
John 1:12a: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, . . .
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.
When He makes us into new creatures He makes us what He wants us to be. The Creator of the new creature decides what it will be like. The sinful old creature does not get to decide what the new Creature will be like. Before receiving Christ we were what we wanted to be and what Satan wanted us to be. If we attempt to receive Christ without permitting Him to make us into new creatures we have not received Him at all. If we want to control what He will change about us we have not received Him at all. If we do not surrender every part of what Satan wanted us to be and what we wanted to be, we remain faithless rebels and have not received Christ at all.