Torrey - Man -6.3- The necessity of the new birth

III. THE NECESSITY OF THE NEW BIRTH. John 3:3 — "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

First Proposition: No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. The necessity is universal. John 3:7 — "Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again."

Second Proposition: Men not only may but must be born again. The necessity is absolute and imperative.

Nothing else will take the place of the new birth. Education, morality, religion, orthodoxy, baptism, reform — none of these nor all of them together are sufficient. Galatians 6:15 — "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature." "Ye must be born again." John 3:5-6 — -"Jesus 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."

Third Proposition: The reason why we must be born again is that all one gets by natural generation is 'flesh." What the character of the flesh is we learn from Paul: Galatians 5:19-21 — "Now, the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such life; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Romans 8:7 RV — "Because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." "The flesh" is radically and essentially bad. They that are in the flesh "cannot please God," nor "inherit the kingdom of God." The flesh is incapable of improvement ( Jeremiah 13:23). What man needs is not to cultivate nor to improve the old nature, but to get a new one. Matthew 12:33 — -"Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit."