What It Means to Be Born Again

“This change of heart in a true Christian is so complete that no word could be chosen more fitting than to express it than the word ‘regeneration’ or new birth. Doubtless it is no outward, bodily alteration, but undoubtedly it is an alteration of the inner man. It adds no new faculties to a man’s mind, but it certainly gives an entirely new bent and bias to all his old ones. His will is so new, his taste so new, his opinions so new, his views of sin, the world, the Bible, and Christ so new, that he is to all intents and purposes a new man. The change seems to bring a new being into existence. It may well be called being born again.”

– J.C. Ryle, Regeneration, p.14

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