REGENERATION—THE SOLE WORK OF THE SPIRIT
“In regeneration one of God’s elect is the subject, and the Spirit of God is the sole agent. The subject of the new birth is wholly passive; he does not act, but is acted upon” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p54).
“’No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him’ (John 6:44). No sinner ever knocks (Matt 7:7) at His door for mercy, by earnest and importunate prayer, until Christ has first knocked (Rev 3:20) at his door by the operations of the Holy Spirit” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p88)!
“…back of our turning, and believing, and accepting of Christ, there was God’s almighty power doing its work—inspiring our will, taking possession of us, and carrying out its own purpose of love in planting us into Christ Jesus” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p44).
“The Spirit of God undertakes the achievement of an amazing work. He enters the soul, and proposes to restore the empire of grace, the reign of holiness, and the throne of God. He works to form all things anew, to create a revolution in favor of Christ and heaven. He undertakes to change the heart, turning its enmity into love; to collect all the elements of darkness and confusion, changing them into perfect light and perfect order; to subdue the will, bringing it into harmony with God’s will; to explore all the recesses of sin, turning its very impurity into holiness; in a word, to regenerate the soul, restoring the divine image and fitting it for the full and eternal enjoyment of God in glory” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, July 4th).
FATHER, the SPIRIT regenerates; that is His first assignment in converting the soul. This act is not gradual. “It is a secret, inscrutable operation that cannot be directly perceived…” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Jan 16th). After that initial operation He begins restoring me back to Your divine image. FATHER, I give You praise for I am Your child slowly gaining a holiness like Your holiness.