Wednesday, March 31, 2010
JUSTIFICATION IN IT'S FOUR-FOLD STATE - PART 4
In this study we will be looking at - Justification at the time of regeneration.
Before we do, let's review what we've studied so far;
1) Justification from eternity: God's testimony that in His mind which is eternal - He has always seen His elect (His people, sheep, the one true church) as justified.
2) Justification objectively at the cross: God's testimony that God's elect were justified objectively (actually) in the object of their faith: Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Now we will look at - Justification at the time of regeneration: God's testimony that when God calls His elect through the true gospel (salvation conditioned; grounded) upon Christ ALONE, accompanied by the Holy Spirit in the New Birth ("being born again"; regeneration), they will come to experience (in their own persons) the reality of God's justification of them.
We will look at Justification at the time of regeneration in three parts:
3) conversion (or faith; believing).
Regeneration: regeneration is the coming of the Holy Spirit into the person of one of God's elect: it's called in the Bible being "born again". Let us hear from God's testimony the description of regeneration, or the coming of the Holy Spirit into the person of one of God's elect:
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily (truly), I say unto thee, Except a man be born again (born from above - from God), he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus (a religious leader) saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh (first birth by parents) is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit (the Holy Spirit: being born again) is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth (where it wants to), and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and wither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
God is saying that regeneration is when one is "born again", or born from above. To be a Christian, one "must be born again" (John 3:7). Religion will tell you all different ways on how you can be born again; what YOU must do. But these are all lies. Read the passage above again. God likens regeneration to the wind: As God is sovereign (all powerful) in directing every wind that blows on the earth, so is He sovereign in sending His Spirit in the New Birth: the sinner came do nothing to bring the Holy Spirit:
"A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven."
"It is the Spirit (Holy Spirit) that quickeneth (gives life; Spiritual life); the flesh profiteth nothing (the flesh = the sinner; cannot give spiritual life to oneself): the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life".
If one is born again, it is ALL the work God. If one believes that they were born again by something they did: their works, their prayer, their decision; these sinners testify that they have not been born again for:
"no man can say Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost."
(I Corinthians 12:3)
"Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost."
Regeneration is a sovereign act of God whereby He sends His Holy Spirit to one of His elect:
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem (justify) them (the elect) that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because you are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Aba, Father.
Now let's look at:
Repentance: repentance means a change of mind; a turning. In the Bible, God reveals that repentance is to turn away from what one of God's elect falsely believed about God, and turn to the true gospel: salvation conditioned on Christ ALONE. One must repent to come to see their justification - The Lord Jesus said:
"I tell you, Nay: but except you repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
Today in religion, repentance is rarely preached, and if it is, it is usually a lie. Today the masses are told: "just be sorry for your sin, and accept Jesus as your Savior".
This is NOT repentance!
Repentance is a complete change from the idol (false God or false views of God) that one had; and a complete forsaking (casting away) of that idol, and turning to the true gospel: salvation conditioned on Christ ALONE.
True repentance comes from God:
"the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance."
True repentance is when GOD comes in regeneration and shows the elect sinner that they are worshiping an idol; and points them to Christ: and they repent of that idol or false god or false view of God's salvation:
"If God peradventure (if He wills) will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."
(II Timothy 2:25-26)
"and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God."
(I Thessalonians 1:9)
True repentance is part of - Justification at the time of regeneration - The justified sinner will be given the Holy Spirit in:
3) conversion (faith, believing):
Those whom God regenerates, those whom He gives repentance to: He gives them conversion: faith to believe in Christ ALONE for all of salvation. And God converts His elect through the true gospel: salvation conditioned on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ:
Christ and Him crucified:
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; wether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness?"
God is telling us here that we are servants (slaves) to either: "sin unto death" (following an idol or false god), or "obedience unto righteousness" (believing the true gospel).
"But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you."
God is telling us here that His elect "were the servants of sin" (following an idol or false god); "but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you" (God regenerating one, giving one repentance, and faith to believe the gospel).
"Being then made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness."
"Being then made free from sin" (when one believes the gospel they see that they are justified from their sins even though still a sinner), "ye became servants of righteousness" (when one becomes a slave to the fact that they are declared righteous (justified) by God: In Christ!
In Romans 6:16-23 there is an in depth declaration of:
I did an in depth study on this in the past which you can find HERE
Conversion is God taking a sinner, and revealing to them through 1) regeneration, 2) repentance: and belief of the gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Justification at the time of regeneration: God's testimony that when God calls His elect through the true gospel, accompanied by the Holy Spirit in the New Birth, they will come to experience in their persons the reality that God has justified them:
"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification (setting one apart) of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."
(II Thessalonians 2:13-14)
God uses His true gospel to give His elect knowledge of their salvation in Christ. The true gospel is: God's absolute promise: to save a sinner, giving them ALL of salvation, including the work of the Holy Spirit in them, and all of heaven's glories to come: all conditioned (based, founded) on the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed (charged) to the sinner. This is the only gospel God uses to call His people!
Christ's call to His people:
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel".
By Craig Miklosik