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It’s A Miracle To Be Born Again!


Have you tried explaining to one not born again exactly what that term means? It’s hard isn’t it. Many born again believers, myself included, would say its actually impossible to fully explain.

This is why I love personal testimonies. Hearing one “testify” to the changes brought about as a result of being born again is just about the best way to attempt to put into words what it means. Why, because it is a true miracle, and miracles are sometimes difficult to put into words alone. Don’t you agree?

How can we adequately explain, once I was blind but now I see...or all my life I unknowingly sat in darkness, but now I walk in light? Or even, I once was dead but now I’m alive! These and much more, are not easily explained to one who has never been born again.

Anyway,  Bill has a nice post up today at Soul Refuge: It’s A Miracle To Be Born Again!

2 comments on “It’s A Miracle To Be Born Again!

  1. I think we have to ask what exactly we’re being born into when we talk about it. Lots of folks have “rebirths”.

    I think the central fact is that of being United to Christ: all things (justification, sanctification, adoption, election etc.) spring from this.

    So when I talk about my “change”, I phrase it in modern terms of solidarity: Christ took up our cause, we’re invited into His story (or woven as a branch into the vine vis. John 15!).

    But yeah PJ, totally a miracle. Like Charlie’s hymn goes:

    Long my imprisoned spirit lay
    Fast bound in sin and nature’s night.
    Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray:
    I woke the dungeon flamed with light!
    My chains fell off, my heart was free,
    I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

    My 2 cents,
    Cal

    • Yes it is a true miracle Cal. I like your comment!

      Like it says in Colossians He has “drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom”

      I’ve also always loved the manner in which Bunyan explained it in his book, Pilgrims Progress;

      Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation. Up this way, therefore, did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back.

      He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.

      Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said with a merry heart, “He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death.”

      Then he stood still a while, to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him that the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden. He looked, therefore, and looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down his cheeks. Now as he stood looking and weeping, behold, three Shining Ones came to him, and saluted him with, “Peace be to thee.” So the first said to him, “Thy sins be forgiven thee”; the second stripped him of his rags, and clothed him with change of raiment; the third also set a mark on his forehead, and gave him a roll with a seal upon it, which he bid him look on as he ran, and that he should give it in at the celestial gate: so they went their way. Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing,

      “Thus far did I come laden with my sin,

      Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in,

      Till I came hither. What a place is this!

      Must here be the beginning of my bliss?

      Must here the burden fall from off my back?

      Must here the strings that bound it to me crack?

      Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be

      The Man that there was put to shame for me!”

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