Thursday Thought: New Birth

As we saw last week: Original sin brings eternal death to those not born again through Baptism and the Holy Spirit.  

A new birth alone - and nothing short of that - will save us.  No medicine, no balm, no surgery; education cannot do it, nor can discipline, correction, coercion, coaxing; no law can help us to avoid or avert our impending doom.  Yes, these things may help gain some external order – but there is no cure for sin here.  

A new birth must take place; a new life must be created.

This new birth is the work of the Holy Spirit.  He, and he alone, can produce & sustain a new life.  "I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him..."

But the Holy Spirit alone has done this work, through Word and Sacrament.