The Scandal of the New Birth
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God . . .” The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
– John 3:3,8
What does a baby do to be born?
The Spirit moves as the wind — free, unfettered, invisible. The Spirit is sovereign over regenerative quickening as the Father is sovereign over the election unto it, granting new hearts to everyone predestined to receive them at their appointed time. This speaks to the Spirit’s control over rebirth. A person cannot “will himself” a new heart any more than a baby can will himself to be conceived.