In considering a topical survey of the gospel of John and then 1st John, we consider the prevalent theme of the new birth. How are men born again? Are men born again by their own will, by an action/work they perform? No, we are only born again by grace, by the immediate work of the Holy Spirit in our soul based on God’s will, not our will. Now that we have a new nature in our soul, we should live out that new nature in our actions to glorify God.