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.