This page is full of bits of commentary from some of my favorite Bible theologians
such as Charles Ellicott and Albert Barnes. Whenever I need a bit of help understanding
the meaning of scripture I always look up their commentaries on the specific verse.
Often times I will find in their commentaries something that really stands out to me.
Those pieces that stood out are what you will find on this page.
You can find their commentaries as well as from many other great scholars, for every
verse in the Holy Bible, all on the Bible Hub website.
except a man be born from above, i.e. except a man be
transformed by God into a new moral life
Birth is the beginning of life; to be born again, is to begin to live anew,
as those who have lived much amiss, or to little purpose. We must have a new
nature, new principles, new affections, new aims. By our first birth we were corrupt,
shapen in sin; therefore we must be made new creatures. No stronger expression
could have been chosen to signify a great and most remarkable change of state and
character. We must be entirely different from what we were before, as that which
begins to be at any time, is not, and cannot be the same with that which was before.
This new birth is from heaven, ch. 1:13, and its tendency is to heaven. It is a
great change made in the heart of a sinner, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let God's word convince you of sin. Let it bring you to the Cross for pardon.
Jesus Christ addresses each of us in the Apostle's words: 'Am I therefore become
your enemy because I tell you the truth?' The sternest threatenings in the Bible
come from the lips of that infinite Love. If you will listen to Him, if you will
yield yourselves to Him, if you will take Him for your Saviour and your Lord, if
you will cast your confidence and anchor your love upon Him, if you will let Him
restrain you, if you will consult Him about what He would have you do, if you will
accept His prohibitions as well as His permissions, then His word and His act to you,
here and hereafter, will be only good and not evil, all the days of your life.
If a man, professing to be the servant of Christ, be an unbeliever, covetous, ambitious,
or a lover of pleasure, he will be cut off. Those who choose the world for their portion in
this life, will have hell for their portion in the other life. May our Lord, when he
cometh, pronounce us blessed, and present us to the Father, washed in his blood, purified
by his Spirit, and fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.