Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Radical, Revolutionary, Lasting!

In the new birth, God exerts a quickening influence or power upon His own elect. Regeneration is very, very much more than simply shedding a few tears because of some temporary remorse over sin. It is far more than changing our course of life, the leaving off of bad habits and the substituting of good ones. It is something different from the mere cherishing and practicing of noble ideals. It goes infinitely deeper than coming forward to take some popular evangelist by the hand, signing a pledge-card, or "joining the church."
The new birth is no mere turning over a new leaf but is the inception and reception of a new life! It is no mere reformation, but a radical transformation. In short, the new birth is a miracle, the result of the supernatural operation of God. It is radical, revolutionary, lasting!
In the new birth:

God lays hold of one who is spiritually dead and quickens him into newness of life!

God takes up one who was shaped in iniquity and conceived in sin and conforms him to the image of His Son!

God seizes a drudge of the Devil and makes him a member of His holy family!

God picks up a destitute beggar and makes him joint-heir with Christ!

God comes to one who is full of enmity against Him and gives him a new heart that is full of love for Him!

God stoops to one who by nature is a rebel and works in him both to will and to do of His good pleasure!

By His irresistible power, God transforms   a sinner into a saint;  an enemy into His friend,   a drudge of the Devil into His beloved child!

[A.W. Pink]

2 Corinthians 5:17 ...  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Acts 15:3 ... And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

Romans 8:17 ... And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Galatians 6:15 ... For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.