Oswald Chambers was a Scottish Baptist and holiness movement teacher at the beginning of the 20th Century. The holiness movement emphasized the continuing and life-long work of the Spirit in a believer’s life; leading towards perfection. As a result of that emphasis, Chambers had a different understanding of being “born-again” that most Christians in evangelical churches today.
For Chambers, born-again was not at all about a born-again moment or event that distinguished a superior brand of Christians.
January 20—Being born again from above is a perennial, perpetual and eternal beginning, a freshness all the time in thinking and in talking and in living, the continual surprise of the life of God.”
Christians who are being born from above are far less likely to tell you their born-again experience from some day in the past. When they witness to their faith, they will speak of the presence of God being as immediate as that morning’s devotional time. In their living, there may be a bounce in a step or a smile on a face or a kindness in a deed that reflects the light of love that just a few seconds ago shone into their lives “from above.” Chambers describes this as the “freshness” of a Christian’s life as opposed to the common “staleness.”