Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
who were born, not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Jesus answered, and said to him, "Verily, verily, I say to you, unless one be born anew, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
(as it has been written, "A father of many nations have I made you"), before God Whom he believed, Who maketh alive the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were;
because whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren.
For He saith to Moses, "I will have mercy on whomsoever I have mercy; and I will have compassion on whomsoever I have compassion."
but God, being rich in mercy, on account of His great love wherewith He loved us,
and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, whether the things on the earth, or the things in the heavens.
2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved by the Lord; because God, from the beginning, chose you to salvation, in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of truth;
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of out Lord Jesus Christ, Who, according to His abundant mercy, begat us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead,
Wherefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive in meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
1 Corinthians 4:15
For, though ye have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet ye have not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I begat you through the Gospel.
that we might be to the praise of His glory, we who had before hoped in Christ;
1 Peter 1:23
having been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, through the word of God, that lives and abides.
1 John 3:9
Whosoever has been begotten of God sins not; because His seed abides in him, and he cannot sin because he has been begotten of God.
These are those who were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are those who follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, a first fruit to God and to the Lamb.
So, then, it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God Who hath mercy.