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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Regeneration: Need of
A raw countryman having brought his gun to the gun-smith for repairs, the latter is reported to have examined it, and finding it to be almost too far gone for repairing, said, 'Your gun is in a very worn-out, ruinous, good-for-nothing condition, what sort of repairing do you want for it ?' 'Well,' said the countryman, 'I don't see as I can do with anything short of a new stock, lock, and barrel; that ought to set it up again.' 'Why,' said the smith, 'you had better have a new gun altogether.' 'Ah!' was the reply, 'I never thought of that; and it strikes me that's just what I do want. A new stock, lock, and barrel; why that's about equal to a new gun altogether, and that's what I'll have.'
Just the sort of repairing that man's nature requires. The old nature cast aside as a complete wreck and good for nothing, and a new one imparted.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Regeneration: Need of'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/r/regeneration-need-of.html. 1870.
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