October 5, 2022     1:06 pm
217. Week of Third Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
That born of the flesh is flesh; and that born of the Spirit is Spirit
          That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.   John 3:6
          By "flesh" is meant the sinful depravity of human nature. And, indeed, human nature is totally and entirely depraved, it is deprived of the righteousness it had when God first created it, and is inclined to do all that is evil. "In my flesh dwells no good thing," says the Apostle Paul. (Rom. 7:18) "The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth," says God Himself. (Gen. 8:21) So human nature is subject to the wrath of God and to damnation. "We were by nature the children of wrath, even as others," says St. Paul. (Eph. 2:3) Such total depravity of the whole human nature is not acquired by education or habit or implanted into us in some other way, but is inherited. We have inherited it from Adam by virtue of our conception and birth from sinful ancestors. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh," says Christ, our Lord. And David writes by inspiration of the Holy Spirit: "Behold, I was formed in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." (Ps. 51:5). So sin is most deeply and most firmly connected with our nature. By nature we are flesh. No human power can change that. No human power can bring us into the kingdom of God. This is called original sin.- But "that which is born of the Spirit is spirit," says Christ. God can change it. God can bring us into the kingdom of God. He does it through His Holy Spirit, who operates in us through His Word, through the Word of Christ. He creates a new thing within us. He implants faith in Christ within us, and so He brings us into the kingdom of God. And He creates and brings about within us a new life. And He regenerates us, makes us "spirit," spiritual. In consequence of this there is a constant warfare in this life between flesh and spirit. But the spirit is mightier than the flesh. In heaven we shall be all spirit.
          PRAYER: - I thank You, my God, that You have regenerated me, who by nature am flesh, through Your Word and Holy Spirit, and have made me spirit, so that now I believe in my Saviour and find true comfort in Him, but also serve Him with the new powers You have given me, and confidently hope to obtain eternal life. You have brought me into Your kingdom, O God of mercy. Keep me therein, here in time and thereafter in eternity. Amen.

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