The New Birth
Why do some believe in Christ’s message while others do not? What is it that separates these two categories of people? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers this by appealing to the biblical doctrine of the new birth. This new birth is an act of God by which He regenerates the hearts and minds of fallen men. From this act of regeneration comes the new life with new desires and dispositions. This new man lives a Spirit empowered life that evidences the supernatural work of Christ. In this we see that regeneration does not merely change men’s standing with God, but it transforms their very hearts and minds. Because this new life is brought about by the work of the Spirit it is kept by the work of the Spirit so that once a man has been born again he cannot lose his new nature. The new man cannot become old again, for it is the Spirit that forms him and keeps him. Once the Spirit transforms the believer he will seek a life that honors Christ. This seeking of Christ and his Kingdom do not make a man new, but it is the result of the Spirit regenerating him and making him a new creation in Christ Jesus the savior.
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.