Regeneration - a New Disposition
How does God remove our sin and make us new? The answer is in the word, "regeneration" and as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, it is the result of the work of God’s Holy Spirit applying the work of Christ to the hearts and minds of those that are called according to his will. When men are granted the gift of God’s grace by the work of the Spirit they are transformed and renewed. They are new creatures’ part of the new creation that Christ has brought and will bring. The transformation that is brought about by regeneration does not change the substance of men, but it renews their minds and gives them new desires. These new Spirit gifted dispositions result in a new life. This is the life of the Christian who seeks to love God and his neighbor. It causes him to love new things that he once despised, and it causes him to hate old things that he once loved. This is brought about by the sovereign work of God in the life of sinners that he chooses to renew and adopt into his family. This work cannot be directly perceived, nor can it be understood fully, but it is the beginning of the new life. It is a rebirth that wholly and completely reorients the will and desires of a once sinful men. It is the fountain head of the new life in Christ.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.