The new birth

(Octavius Winslow, "From Grace to Glory" 1864)

"Therefore if any man is in Christ--he is a new
 creature; old things have passed away; behold,
 all things are become new!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

How comprehensive the words--how vast the
change!
The effect produced by the new birth
is radical and thorough:

The HEART, once so hateful and hating--has now
become a fountain of sweet waters, transmitting
its pure and holy streams throughout the whole
soul, changing the entire conduct of the individual,
and working out, in its degree, a universal holiness
of his whole being.

The WORLD he once loved--is now as a crucified thing.

The PLEASURES he once indulged--have lost their charm.

The SINS he once committed--are now loathed and forsaken.

The SOCIETY he once enjoyed--no longer attracts or pleases.

The new birth will be manifest in our Christlike
temper and mind and spirit . . .
  the moroseness and churlishness,
  the pride and selfishness,
  the worldliness and frivolity,
  the levity and man-pleasing,
which cropped up so luxuriantly from the soil of our
unsanctified heart--will now, in a great measure be
supplanted by the fruits of righteousness springing
from a heart which has been changed, sanctified,
and occupied by the Spirit of God.

The walk and conversation of a renewed man,
will be the outward and visible reflection of an
inward and invisible grace.

As a parent, and as a child, as a brother, a sister--so let
your light shine, so let your life evidence its reality, so
let your religion be visible in its lowliness and gentleness,
its lovable and loving spirit, as to command from all who
see it, the admiring exclamation, "Behold! he is a new
creature; old things have passed away; all things are
become new!"