THIRD MEDITATION. THE WASHING OF REGENERATION

Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God. — St. John, iii. 5.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. — Tit. iii. 5.

I have been born of water; grant me, also,
to be born of the Spirit. I have received
the “washing of regeneration;” grant me
also the “renewing of the Holy Ghost.” As
Thou hast vouchsafed me the one, Thou wilt
not withhold the other. As Thou hast con-
nected the two in Thy holy Word, Thou wilt
connect them in my blessed experience.
What Thou hast begun in the “washing of
regeneration,” Thou wilt complete by the
“renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

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