Scripture and the Church

The Landmark of the Necessity of Regeneration by the Holy Spirit

By Archibald G. Brown
The landmark doctrine of regeneration by the Holy Spirit is the bedrock of salvation.

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Part 5 of a series. Read Part 4.

Editor's Note: As Archibald Brown continued his sermon on the landmarks of authentic Christianity found in Scripture, he next turned to the necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

This doctrine is the foundation of the security of the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is the work of the triune God who through the mouth of the Son has promised this: "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:37-40).

Readers may also be interested in The Regenerated Believer: Eternally Secure, a sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in which he shows that Scripture utterly demolishes the arguments of those who claim that the regenerated believer is not eternally secure. - Paul Elliott

From "Old Landmarks"

Delivered on Lord's-Day Evening, November 5th, 1871, by Archibald G. Brown at Stepney Green Tabernacle, London.

"Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set." Proverbs 22:28

The third doctrinal landmark I point you to, is the necessity of regeneration. Inscribed upon it are the words in John, third chapter and the fifth verse "Jesus said, verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."

This doctrine is one that had need be kept in the front and constantly preached, for the professing church seems apt to forget it. It was the declaration of this truth by George Whitefield that shook England from shore to shore. It was sustaining the doctrine of the Reformation on this subject that gave him half his power.

Would to God that there were a hundred Whitefields now, declaring in trumpet tones, that conversion is no improvement of the old nature but the implantation of a new, not an old man altered but a new man born.

Remember this landmark, fellow-laborers for the Lord, and whether your work lies among the children or adults, bring them face to face with this great "except." Remember that however moral, pure and educated a man may be, there is as great necessity for his regeneration as for the vilest and most openly depraved.


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