Change Of Heart Needed
answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3.
held a high position of trust in the Jewish nation. . . . With others, he
had been stirred by the teaching of Jesus. . . .The lessons that had fallen
from the Saviour’s lips had greatly impressed him, and he desired to
learn more of these wonderful truths. . .
Nicodemus had come to the Lord thinking to enter into a discussion with Him,
but Jesus laid bare the foundation principles of truth. He said to Nicodemus,
It is not theoretical knowledge you need so much as spiritual regeneration.
You need not to have your curiosity satisfied, but to have a new heart. You
must receive a new life from above before you can appreciate heavenly things.
The change of heart represented by the new birth can be brought about only
by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. . . . Pride and self-love resist
the Spirit of God; every natural inclination of the soul opposes the change
from self-importance and pride to the meekness and lowliness of Christ. But
if we would travel in the pathway to eternal life, we must not listen to the
whispering of self. In humility and contrition we must beseech our heavenly
Father, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit
within me.” Ps. 51:10. As we receive divine light, and cooperate with
the heavenly intelligences, we are “born again,” freed from the
defilement of sin by the power of Christ.
The mighty power of the Holy Spirit works an entire transformation in the
character of the human agent, making him a new creature in Christ Jesus. .
. . The words and actions express the love of the Saviour. There is no striving
for the highest place. Self is renounced. The name of Jesus is written on
all that is said and done.
Is not this, the renewal of man, the greatest miracle that can be performed?
What cannot the human agent do who by faith takes hold of the divine power?
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 73, 74.