Chapter 1: Regeneration

In taking up this series of addresses on some of the great words of the gospel, I shall be thinking particularly of babes in Christ, that is, those who only recently have been brought, through the gracious ministry of the Holy Spirit, to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus. Babes need to be fed. The apostle Peter says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” “Strong meat,” we are told elsewhere, “belongeth to those who are of full age.” That is, the deeper truths of the Word of God are for Christians who have had years of experience in the ways of the Lord. It is not of such that I am now thinking, but of those who only a little while ago were still in nature’s darkness, but have been awakened and saved, and are now, I trust, hungry to learn more of the precious truths of the Word of God.

First of all, I want to talk to you about regeneration. My text is found in Titus 3, verses 3 to 7:

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

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