Saturday, April 13, 2019

Owen: objecting to rebirth

Saturday, April 13, 2019
    Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
    —John 1:12-13 (NIV)
    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 (1616-1683), III.1 in A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 216 (see the book)
    See also John 1:12-13; Ps. 51:5; John 3:5,8,36; Rom. 3:19; 5:15-18; Eph. 2:3; Tit. 3:3-4; 1 Pet. 1:3; 1 John 3:9; 5:1-4,18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You love and protect the new man from sin.
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