During our time in Port Alberni, BC Canada, I had the opportunity to take my boys through Cathedral Grove which has a special place in my heart because it is where I proposed to my wife.
During our hike we came across a new tree that has grown out of a dead one.
In earlier posts, I discussed what sanctification does and does not look like. But before sanctification takes place one is justified, before one is justified, one is regenerated. A.W. Pink gives us a beautiful description of regeneration.
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 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 brought about by the introduction of a principle of holiness. God communicates a new principle, as real and as potent as the principle of 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.
- Regeneration or The New Birth
As this week comes to a close, I keep thinking about the reality of the work God has done in our lives. He not only has made us, but remade us in Christ. As His workmanship, we live in the reality that we are a new creature, a new creature called to abandon the old. Where sin brings death, the Holy Spirit gives life.
Pray through II Corinthians 5:17. As the Lord's Day approaches, know that you worship the God that has regenerated you and enabled you to worship in spirit and in truth.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
II Corinthians 5:17