by A.W. Tozer
The miracle of the New Birth was foreshadowed in the Old Testament.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” There was at least a hint of miracle within the human breast. Not the reasoning of yourself into a position, but something happening that could not be explained.Let me take time out to say something here that isn’t in my notes at all. Just as soon as the psychologists can explain what happens to a Christian believer, that believer has been unfrocked! Just the moment that a man’s experience in Christ can be broken down and explained by the psychologists, we have a church member on our hands-and not a Christian! For that which must happen in the New Birth can never be explained by psychology or psychiatry. He can only stand off respectfully and say: “Behold the works of the Lord.” He never can explain it.
Coming into the New Testament, there is no longer hinting or suggesting about the miracle of the New Birth.” It is boldly and openly here. Our Savior said that if we come to Him and are not born again, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God-that we must be born from above.
In John 1:12 John says: “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.” Now there is a work that is a miracle!
Paul told the Corinthians: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” You can’t make it any stronger than that!
Then Peter gave us his word: “Being born again of the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever.” James affirms in his first chapter: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
Now, that’s as plain as it can be made. If you are setting out to teach a major miracle within the human heart, you would use those very words to express it.
If you wanted to strip it down until it stood stark and unqualified before you, as a strong, vital teaching of the Word of God, you would use those words concerning it. In other words, the Holy Spirit could not have said what He was setting out to say and have used any other words. These express it, and they tell us that there is a supernatural grace, that there is a work which we may call a major miracle, a work that is truly a miracle of God as was the first creation.
The New Testament draws a sharp line between those who had become Christians by any other method, and those who experience regenesis.
In that great and terrible day, there will be those white with shock when they find that they have depended upon a mental assent to Christianity instead of upon the miracle of the New Birth!