Some of the great teachings of Christianity have surprisingly little written about them. The ‘new birth’ is one of these neglected areas, which is why this book is very welcome.
Gary Brady sets out the doctrine of the new birth, first positively – and then negatively in the light of current misconceptions. Having explained other biblical pictures of regeneration, he tells us why it is necessary to be ‘born again’ and explains that it is a work of God.
He next deals with the ‘evidences’ of regeneration (the fruit it bears in a person’s life) and its place in the order of salvation. Then he considers its significance for eternity and ends with a plea for non-Christians to take this truth seriously and to seek God’s mercy.
This is a comprehensive treatment for a small book. Throughout, the author quotes the relevant Scriptures and many other writers, old and new, including confessions of faith and hymns.
The style is that of mutual exploration, the material having originated in a series of midweek church Bible studies. The book is clearly written and easily readable.
Matters on which Christians disagree, such as the connection of the new birth with effectual calling, or its timing in relation to conversion, are well argued in a brief compass. The necessity and marks of the new birth, and its origin in God’s will, are clearly and helpfully set out here.
This is an excellent book for anyone, believer or unbeliever, who seriously wants to know what God says in his Word about being born again.