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1867. Excerpt: ... m. BIBLICAL VIEW OF THE SUPERNATURAL IN TEE NEW
BIRTH. The proof of the fact of Divine Agency in regeneration is
derived chiefly from the Word of God. An analysis of a single text
may serve as a specimen of the declarative passages in which this
truth is taught. "To as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God; which were born not of blood, nor of the
will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." We cannot
press to the quick the significance of the word "power " here. Yet
we need not shrink from it through fear of its implication against
human freedom. We must concede, however, to an objector against the
whole conception of a new birth, that there is here an infelicity,
though not necessarily an inaccuracy, in our English version.
"Prerogative" is the idea which the word in its connection
requires, rather than "ability." "Privilege" it is rendered in the
margin of our larger Bibles. "To them assigned he the privilege of
being the sons of God." But this is not the vital part of the
passage in respect to the truth before us. That appears in the
sequel: "Which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." That is, this new
birth, which entitles men the sons of God, is not the fruit of
ancestral dignity. It is not consequent upon the laws of natural
generation. It is not the product of human influence. It is a work
of God. Language could not be more explicit. A most interesting
feature of the scriptural method of teaching this truth is seen in
the fact that no timidity is exhibited by inspired minds in their
guardianship of it. They do not seem to fear that a change of heart
will not be ascribed to God by those who experience that change.
The passages are not numerous in which ...
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