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Except a Man Be Born Again

Except a Man Be Born Again

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.


St. John iii.

3. yesus answered and said unto him. Except a man be born again, he

cannot see the kingdom of God,

4. Nicodemtis saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old J

Can he enter the second time into his mothers womb and be born f

5. yesus answered. Verily, verily, I say unto thee. Except a man be born

of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
God,
BY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.


St. John iii.

3. yesus answered and said unto him. Except a man be born again, he

cannot see the kingdom of God,

4. Nicodemtis saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old J

Can he enter the second time into his mothers womb and be born f

5. yesus answered. Verily, verily, I say unto thee. Except a man be born

of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
God,

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EXCEPT A MA BE BOR AGAIBY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.St. John iii.3. yesus answered and said unto him. Except a man be born again, hecannot see the kingdom of God,4. icodemtis saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old JCan he enter the second time into his mothers womb and be born f 5. yesus answered. Verily, verily, I say unto thee. Except a man be bornof water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God,MAY of you, no doubt, brethren, remember this importantchapter, the third of St. John,the first sixteen verses of which have been read to youthis morning as the Gospel for Trinity Sunday. It isthe great chapter which speaks of Holy Baptism, andthat is the reason why it was chosen as the Gospel forthe day. For the last command of Christ before Heascended into heaven was, that the Apostles should goand teach all nations the ame of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and baptize them intoit. So that the ame of the Father, the Son, and the2 EXCEPT A MA BE BOR AGAIHoly Ghost — ^that is, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity — and Christian baptism, are very closely joined together.You remember how Mcodemus came to the Lord bynight. He was much struck by His miracles, and felt
 
sure that He must be come from God to teach men somegreat things, or else God would never have given Himthe power to perform them. But he was afraid of theJews. So he came cautiously and secretly; very de-sirous to hear what the Lord had to say, but very desirousalso that the Jews, especially the other Jewish rulers,should not know of his coming; and no doubt youremember how suddenly, how abruptly, and how unex-pectedly the Lord began His discourse. He waited forno questions. He did not ask what icodemus wishedto learn or know, but he began at once by sajdng," Except a man be born again he cannot see the king-dom of God.'' I daresay icodemus expected somethingvery different from this. May be he thought that theLord would be flattered by a secret nightly visit fromone of the rulers of the people. Perhaps he expectedsome learned discourse or argument, something aboutwhich he too would have much to say, and which hemight go away and ponder at his leisure. But he seemsto have been quite astonished at this strange and suddenbeginning, and asked in utter surprise, " How can a manbe born when he is old ? Can he enter the second timeEXCEPT A MA BE BOR AGAI linto his mother's womb, and be born ?" There seemsto me to be something like scorn, something that soundsas if the " ruler in Israel" was somewhat oflRended atthe strange words which he had heard. But the Lorddid not withdraw a syllable, or soften what He hadsaid. On the contrary, with those solenm words whichalways betoken something extremely weighty and im-portant, He repeated, with a remarkable variation of theexpression, what he had said before, " Verily, verily Isay unto thee. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."We are not told how icodemus received these furtherstartling words. o further answer of his is recorded
 
by St. John, except that he said again, with extremesurprise, "How can these things be?" But we knowthat he who first came secretly and by night to betaught by our Lord, and whose first lesson in the schoolof Christ was this startling lesson of Christian baptism,ere long was earnest enough to come forward in theJewish Council as a defender of Christ from the unjustattacks of the other rulers, and when the Lord was deadupon the cross, came among the foremost of the mourners,no longer secretly, bringing a mixture of myrrh andaloes, about an hundred pound weight, to embalm Hisbody. The discourse on Christian baptism, spoken tohim that night, laid the foundation in him of a brave.4 EXCEPT A MA BE BOR AGAIunshrinking faith, which, we may well believe, carriedhim through the rest of his earthly life, and beyond hisearthly life to paradise.But we must return to our Lord's words, which werespoken as much to us as to icoderaus, and may byHis grace become as blessed to us as they were to him :" Verily^ verily, I say unto thee. Except a man he bornof water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the king-dom of God*'ow, in the first place, I wish to assure you that ourLord is here speaking of Christian baptism, and of nothing but Christian baptism; and I also wish toassure you, that for a great many hundreds of yearsafter He spoke these words, no Christian ever doubtedthat He spoke them of Christian baptism. It is, as youknow, more than eighteen hundred years since that time,and for fifteen hundred of these years no Christians everentertained the least doubt that the Lord spoke of Christian baptism, and that the new birth which alonecould give any person entrance into the kingdom of 

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