Being ‘Born Again’ – What It Means and Why It’s Necessary
In this powerful and persuasive work, Ryle explains that difficult phrase “born again”, explaining what it means, why it is necessary, and most importantly, how an individual can tell whether he has been born again or not.
Much of the value of this book lies in how Ryle concludes it: in his always gracious yet uncompromising manner, he devotes the majority of application in his book to showing how the common objections to this truth should be handled and overcome.
- What Regeneration Means
- The Necessity for Regeneration
- The Marks of Regeneration
- Answers to Various Objections
About the Author
John Charles (J. C.) Ryle (1816-1900) once admitted that, as a young man, he thought that being a Christian was about the most unpleasant possible thought that could come to his mind. But one day in 1837, he was providentially in a church where he heard the Scripture read out loud: “By grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8). His life was transformed and by 1841 the Church of England ordained him a minister of the gospel.
In 1880 Ryle became the first Bishop of Liverpool, a post he held for 20 years. He was affectionately known as “the working man’s bishop.” Ryle was firm in his theological convictions, never suffering from what he called a “boneless, nerveless, jellyfish condition of soul.” His successor described him as a “man of granite”, and Charles Spurgeon called Ryle, his contemporary, an “evangelical champion.” Ryle passed into heaven in the year 1900.
Today, over 100 years after his death, Ryle’s writings remain some of the Christian church’s most cherished treasures. He is author of Holiness and Thoughts for Young Men, among others.