10 things that happen at salvation! (from the Resurgence)

This is a partial post, taken from the full post “New Birth and Worship” – at www.theresurgence.org

What happens to a regenerated person?

Accompanying the new birth are ten soul-transforming, life-changing, and eternity-altering occurrences (For further reading, see Question 4 of Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions).

  1. A regenerated person has the Trinitarian Creator God of the Bible as their new Lord, thereby displacing all other false and functional lords who had previously ruled over them (1 John 5:18).
  2. A regenerated person is a new creation so that they are transformed at the deepest levels of their existence to begin living a new life. People being renamed at their conversion, so that Saul becomes Paul and Cephas becomes Peter, illustrates that we are new people in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Gal. 6:15).
  3. A regenerated person has a new identity from which to live their new life because their old identity no longer defines them (Ephesians 4:22–24).
  4. A regenerated person has a new mind that enables them to enjoy Scripture and thus to begin to think God’s truthful thoughts after him (Romans 7:22; 1 Corinthians 2:14–16; 1 Peter 2:2).
  5. A regenerated person has new emotions so that they love God, fellow Christians, strangers, and even their enemies (1 John 4:7).
  6. A regenerated person has new desires for holiness and no longer is their deepest appetite for sin and folly (Psalm 37:4; Romans 7:4-6; Galatians 5:16–17).
  7. A regenerated person enjoys a new community and fellowship with other Christians as members of the church (1 John 1:3).
  8. A regenerated person lives by a new power to follow God by the Holy Spirit’s enabling (Romans 8:4–13).
  9. A regenerated person enjoys a new freedom to no longer tolerate, manage, excuse, or accept their sin but rather put it to death and live free from habitually besetting sin (Rom. 6:6; 7:6).
  10. The culmination of the effects of regeneration is a new life of worship that is markedly different from how life would otherwise be (Galatians 5:19–23).
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