The Grounds and Reasons of Christian Regeneration Or the New Birth (Google eBook)

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J. Richardson, 1762 - 100 pages
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Page 23 - Such an improvement of the doctrine of the enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent...
Page 12 - Nature, that is, it could enlighten, sweeten, and cheer it in a certain Degree. But as this is not its own Light, that is, does not arise in the Soul itself, but only reaches it by means of the Body ; so if the Soul hath in this time got no Light of its own, then, when the Death of the Body breaks off its Communion with the Light of this World, the Soul is left a mere dark, raging Fire, in the State of Devils. And if all the Light of this World was to be immediately at once extinguished, all human...
Page 47 - There is no wrath that stands between God and us, but what is awakened in the dark fire of our own fallen nature; and to quench this wrath and not His own, God gave His only begotten Son to be made Man. God...
Page 47 - Wrath in himself now, than he had before the Creation, when he had only himself to love. The precious Blood of his Son was not poured out to pacify himself (who in himself had no Nature towards Man but Love), but it was poured out, to quench the Wrath, and Fire of the fallen Soul, and kindle in it a Birth of Light, and Love...
Page 98 - To sum up all in a Word: Nothing hath separated us from God but our own Will, or rather our own Will is our Separation from God. All the Disorder, and Corruption, and Malady of our Nature, lies in a certain Fixedness of our own Will, Imagination, and Desire, wherein we live to ourselves, are our own Centre and Circumference, act wholly from ourselves, according to our own Will, Imagination, and Desires.
Page 58 - Strength, with all his Heart, all his Soul, and all his Spirit ; for all that he can offer unto God, seems to him already less than the least of his Mercies towards him. He has so seen the exceeding Love of God, in the Manner and Degree of his Redemption, that it would be the greatest of Pain to him, to do anything, but upon a Motive of Divine Love.
Page 71 - But when the Seed of the new birth, called the inward man, has faith awakened in it, its faith is not a notion, but a real, strong, essential hunger, an attracting, or magnetic desire of Christ, which, as it proceeds from a seed of the divine nature in us, so it attracts and unites with its like, it lays hold on Christ, puts on the divine nature, and in a living and real manner grows powerful over all sins, and effectually...
Page 58 - Heart suggests to him. Humility can only be feigned or false, before this Conviction. He can now, no more take any Degree of Good to himself, than assume any Share in the Creation of Angels ; and all Pride or Self-esteem of any kind, seems to him to contain as great a Lie in it, as if he was to say, that he helped to create himself. You need not tell him that he must turn unto God with all his Strength, with all his Heart, all his Soul, and all his Spirit...
Page 55 - Scripture in which the real agent in this great change is pointed out, and which celebrate the efficacy of his power. As in the text it is asserted, that " except a man be born again, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God," so, in other passages, true believers are said to be "•born of God — born from above — born of the Spirit.
Page 40 - ... is this; we are strangers to our own inward misery and wants, we know not that we lie in the jaws of death and hell; we keep all things quiet within us, partly by outward forms, and modes of religion and morality, and partly by the comforts, cares and delights of this world. Hence it is that we consent to receive a Saviour, as we consent to admit of the Four Gospels, because only four are received by the Church. We believe in a Saviour, not because we feel an absolute want of one, but because...

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