Plain Tracts for Critical Times: Intended to Illustrate Generally the True Doctrine of Scripture, the Christian Fathers, and the Established Church, on the Important Subjects of Baptism and Regeneration, &C., with an Especial Reference to the Oxford Tract by Unknown Author (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from Plain Tracts for Critical Times: Intended to Illustrate Generally the True Doctrine of Scripture, the Christian Fathers, and the Established Church, on the Important Subjects of Baptism and Regeneration, &C., With an Especial Reference to the Oxford Tracts, &C. &C It is indeed admitted, that we frequently describe Regeneration as the commencement of the Christian life; but we cant allow that the term itself, or its synyms, is applied, either in Scripture or by the Church of England, to the commencement only of the Christian life. Nor do we admit that Regeneration in its very nature is incapable of repetition, except on the consideration of its being a continued act, or an act continually repeated. If the same power which renewed the soul at first were withdrawn, the effect would more continue, than natural life would continue, were the power that first gave life withdrawn. We can more live spiritually without God, than we can live naturally without Him. The Homily for Whitsunday very wisely states this matter: when speaking of the Holy Ghost, it says: - Neither doth He think it sufficient inwardly to work the spiritual and new birth of man, unless he do also dwell and abide in Him. This abiding of the Holy Ghost in the regenerate mind, is the spiritual life of the soul: and there is quite as much necessity for the Holy Spirit to continue in the regenerate soul, as there is that He should at first give divine life. Abide in me, and I in you, says Christ; for without me, or severed from me, ye can do thing. Hence it is, that in our church-catechism the present and t the past tense is used with regard to sanctification. It says, God hath made me - Christ hath redeemed me: but it does t say, the Holy Ghost hath sanctified me, but who sanctifieth me. It is an operation always being performed: the time is ever the present time. We consider the Term, Regeneration, to be essentially of the same import with numerous other phrases used in Scripture, - such as being born again - born of God - begotten again - renewed in the spirit of the mind - created in Christ Jesus - a new heart - a new life - a circumcised heart, &c. &c. All which modes of speaking convey the tion of a new and holy nature. Hence this holy change itself, which thus takes place in the soul, is t improperly called regeneration. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.