The New Birth is indispensably necessary before any soul can enter heaven. In order to love spiritual things a man must be made spiritual. The natural man may hear about them, and have a correct idea of the doctrine of them, but he cannot love them (2 Thess. 2: 10), nor find his joy in them. None can dwell with God and be eternally happy in His presence until a radical change has been wrought in him, a change from sin to holiness; and this change must take place on earth.
How could one possibly enter a world of perfect holiness having spent all of his time in sin, i. e. pleasing self? How could he possibly sing the song of the Lamb if his heart had never been tuned into it? How could he endure to behold the awful majesty of God face to face who never before so much as saw Him “through a glass darkly” by the eye of faith? As it is excruciating torture for eyes that have long been confined to dismal darkness to suddenly gaze upon the bright beams of the midday sun, so will it be when the unregenerate behold Him who is light. Instead of welcoming such a sight, “all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him” (Rev. 1: 7); yea, so overwhelming will be their anguish, they will call to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb” Rev: 6: 16). And my reader, that will be your experience, unless God regenerates you.
That which takes place at regeneration is the reversal of what happened at the fall. The one born again is, through Christ, and by the Holy Spirit’s operation, restored to union and communion with God: the one who before was spiritually dead, is now spiritually alive (Jn. 5:24). Just as spiritual death was brought about by the entrance into man’s being of a principle of evil, so spiritual life is the introduction of a principle of holiness. God communicates a new principle, as real and as potent as sin. Divine grace is now imparted. A holy disposition is wrought in the soul. A new temper of spirit is bestowed upon the inner man. But no new faculties are created within him, rather are his original faculties enriched, ennobled and empowered.
A regenerated person is a “new creature” in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5: 17). Reader, is this true of you? Let each one of us test and search himself in the presence of God by these questions. How stands my heart affected towards sin? Is there a deep humiliation and godly sorrow after I have yielded thereto? Is there a genuine detestation of it? Is my conscience tender so that my peace is disturbed by what the world calls “trifling falls” or “little things”? Am I humbled when conscious of the risings of pride and self-will? Do I loathe my inward corruptions? Are my affections dead toward the world and alive toward God? What engages my mind in seasons of recreation? Do I find spiritual exercises pleasant and joyous, or irksome and burdensome? Can I truthfully say, “How sweet are Thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth”? (Psa. 119: 103). Is communion with God my highest joy? Is the glory of God dearer to me than all the world contains?
Can you honestly say that you have experienced this radical change in your heart and life which the Lord Jesus Christ describes as the new birth ? If not please write for further help so that you know for sure that you are truly born again.
Paul G Renigar Sr
Il Vangelo della Grazia
P.O. Box 4053
Burlington, N.C. 27215-0901