by A.W. Pink
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God!” 1 Peter 1:23
The new birth is very much more than simply shedding a few tears due to a 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 nourishing 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 a 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. Regeneration consists in a radical change of heart, for a new disposition is implanted as the foundation of all holy exercises . . . the mind being renovated, the affections elevated, and the will emancipated from the bondage of sin.
In short, the new birth is a miracle, the result of the supernatural operation of God. It is radical, revolutionary, lasting!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
by A.W. Pink