Regeneration and the New Birth - Isaac Ambrose (1604–1663), was a Reformed, Presbyterian puritan divine whose works were held in high esteem.
In this work Ambrose covers the doctrine of regeneration in three tiers. First he covers the words of Christ in John 3:3, “Except a Man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” He explains the order the Spirit sets down in the necessity, generality, manner and issue of the new birth. Secondly, he explains the doctrine in relationship to how the new birth changes a Christian towards their duty under the Law in mimicking the character of God as a new creation. In the third part, he demonstrates the behavior of a man in the new birth outlining the soul’s preparation, God’s part and man’s part in the new birth, closing with Christ, and growing in Christ. This is an important treatise on a foundational topic since being religious is not the same as being regenerate.
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