Two well-known writers and preachers of the nineteenth century describe the twofold work of God that is needed to make us Christians. Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) explains the work of God that Christ has done for us so that we can be accepted as righteous for ever by God. His book is a great help in appreciating what Christ has done and contains much comfort and encouragement for believers. J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) unfolds the work of God that the Holy Spirit does within us to make us new creatures and children of God. Simply and clearly, he sets out the need to be born again, explains how it happens and what results may be expected. These are updated and shortened versions for the benefit of modern readers.
Author Horatius Bonar (December 19, 1808 – May 31, 1889) was a Scottish churchman and poet. J.C.Ryle (1816 - 1900) was the first Bishop of Liverpool. He was one of the most authoritative churchmen of his time and his writings have been in constant demand throughout the last hundred years. His popularity was due to his clear and simple style, his longevity due to his being a profound thinker and compassionate pastor.