“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Mark 14:38 (NIV) Temptation is a double-edged sword. It was the undoing of Judas, but it was the making of Peter. Jesus tells us that some people receive the seed of the Word. They are like plants that spring...
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
A whole life of growing and developing lies ahead of the child who is born. The child will stumble and fall in many ways, but the birth of the child makes his or her life and growth possible.
It’s the same with the new birth. Regeneration does not make you a perfect saint. But it does make the Christian life possible. Regeneration is the beginning of the life that grows in sanctification.
When a healthy baby is born, the little one has everything he or she needs for life and for growth. When you become a Christian, God gives you everything you need to live your new life in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. You will grow as you feed on the Word of God, get exercise in obedience, and keep warm in the fellowship of God’s people.
We have seen what changes in regeneration. God changes your mind, heart, will, and conscience, making you a new creation in Jesus Christ.
Are you convinced that you have everything you need for life and growth in your Christian life? Why or why not?