Thursday, August 21, 2008

Regeneration -

Christ never undertakes to heal any but he makes a certain cure, 'Those whom thou givest me I have kept, and none of them is lost' (John17:12). Other physicians can only cure them that are sick, but Christ cures them that are dead, 'And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins' (Eph. 2:1).-THOMAS BROOKS

. ...the first effect of the power of God in the heart in regeneration is to give the heart a Divine taste or sense; to cause it to have a relish of the loveliness and sweetness of the supreme excellency of the Divine nature.- JONATHAN EDWARDS

Sheep and swine can both end up in the mire. Yet the essential difference in their two natures is quie visible from the reaction each has to its fallen condition. While sheep do stray and stumble into the mire,they quickly loathe the situation and struggle to get free. They may be dirty, but they desire to be clean. They may be stuck, but they bleat for their shepherd to come and save them out of the muck. But swine, in keeping with their nature, wallow in the muck, content to stay there all day.- JOHN ENSOR

Christ it was who gave me hope, which is himself (and) revealed himself in me, and gave me his spirit and gave me his grace, which I found sufficient ... he it was that opened to me when I was shut up and had neither hope nor faith.
George Fox - The Journal of George Fox. Nickalls ed. I2

Regeneration is a single act, complete in itself, and never repeated; conversion, as the beginning of holy living, is the commencement of a series, constant, endless and progressive.-A. A. HODGE

When God works in us, the will, being changed and sweetly breathed upon by the Spirit of God, desire and acts, not from compulsion, but responsively. - MARTIN LUTHER

I felt myself absolutely born again. The gates of Paradise had been flung open and I had entered. There and then the whole of Scripture took on another look to me. -Martin Luther (1483-1546)

It is not the tempest, nor the earthquake, nor the fire, but the still small voice of the Spirit that carries on the glorious work of saving souls.- Robert Murray McCheyne

Just as in the beginning "God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light' so, at the moment he appointed for our new birth, he said, "Let there be life' and there was life.- J. A. MOTYER

We are helpless to cooperate in our regeneration as we are to co-operate in the work of Calvary. -IAIN MURRAY

Regeneration. It is in Christ that the people of God are created anew. "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works" (Eph. 2:10). . . . the beginning of salvation in actual possession should be in union with Christ because we have found already that it is in Christ that salvation had its origin in the eternal election of the Father and that it is in Christ salvation was once for all secured by Jesus' ransom blood. We could not think of such union with Christ as suspended when the people of God become the actual partakers of redemption--they are created anew in Christ. -John Murray (Redemption Accomplished and Applied,

When God initiated the plan of redemption, He didn't set out to make fallen people better. His design was to make them new. - Donna Newton

Let them pretend what they please, the true reason why any despise the new birth is because they hate a new life. He that cannot endure to live to God will as little endure to hear of being born of God.- JOHN OWEN

Infants do not induce, or cooperate in, their own procreation and birth; no more can those who are 'dead in trespapasses and sins' prompt the quickening operation of God's Spirit within them .- J I Packer

It has pleased God that divine verities should not enter the heart through the understanding, but the understanding through the heart.- Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

No one can truly say that Jesus is Lord, unless Thou take the veil away, and breathe the living word. Then only then, we feel our interest in His blood.- JOHN WESLEY, hymn, Spirit of Faith, Come Down.

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