"YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN"
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MEN IN ALL
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A Famous Oxford Martyr
HUGH LATIMER, the martyr, who rose from a plough-
boy to be Bishop of Worcester, was born near
Leicester, and with Ridley, was burned at the stake at
Oxford, in 1555.
As mentioned in former record, Bilney watched his
opportunity, and after hearing Latimer preach, he was
stirred to cry to him as he passed out of the church:
"Prithee, father Latimer, may I confess to thee."
Not knowing what was before him, Latimer beckoned
Bilney into a quiet room, and there listened to the most
wonderful "confession" he had ever heard. Bilney told
of his struggles after salvation, his purchase of the Latin
Testament, his finding the text, then with tears in his
eyes exclaimed: "There it stood, the very word I wanted.
It seemed to be written in letters of light: This is a faithful
saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus
came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim. 1. 15). O
Father Latimer, I went to the priests and they pointed me
to broken cisterns that held no water and only mocked my
thirst! I bore the load of my sins until my soul was
crushed beneath the burden! And then I saw that Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am
chief[;] and now, being justified by faith, I have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ!"
Latimer had experienced for years the same soul-
hunger, and to the astonishment of Bilney, he rose and
knelt beside him, seeking guidance from his penitent!
Bilney draws from his pocket the sacred Volume, it opens
at the passage that Bilney had read to himself over and
over again: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all
acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save
sinners; of whom I am chief. The Word illumines the soul
of Hugh Latimer, and Bilney sees that the desire of his
heart has been granted him. And from that hour Bilney
and Latimer lived only that they might unfold to all
kinds and conditions of men the unsearchable riches of
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