The change which our Lord declares needful for salvation is, evidently, no slight or superficial one.  It is not merely reformation or amendment or moral change or outward alteration of life.  It is a thorough change of heart, will, and character.  It is a resurrection.  It is a passing from death to life.  It is the implementing in our dead hearts of a new principle from above.  It is the calling into existence of a new creature, with a new nature, new habits of life, new tastes, new desires, new appetites, new judgments, new opinions, new hopes, new fears.  See, this – and nothing less than this – is implied when our Lord declares that we all need a new birth.  (p. 32)

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