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Effectual Calling and Regeneration by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

This is one of the clearest explanations I’ve read for effectual calling, regeneration and conversion.

Effectual Calling and Regeneration
by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

So, then, what is this effectual, internal call that we are speaking about? Well, the most we can say about it is — and this must of necessity be true in the light of these scriptures — that it is the exercise of the power of the Holy Spirit in the soul. It is a direct operation of the Holy Spirit within us. It is immediate, it is spiritual, it is supernatural, miraculous. And what it does is to make a new mode of spiritual activity possible within us. Without this operation we are incapable of any true spiritual activity but as the result of this operation of the Holy Spirit upon us, we are rendered capable, for the first time, of spiritual activity and that is how this call now becomes effectual, that is what enables us to receive it.

So as we consider what we mean by regeneration, the one important thing, it seems to me, is that we must differentiate it from conversion. And yet how frequently they are confused. But regeneration is not conversion and for this reason: conversion is something that we do whereas regeneration, as I shall show you, is something that is done to us by God. Conversion means a turning away from one thing to another in practice, but that is not the meaning of regeneration. We can put it like this: when people convert themselves or turn, they are giving proof of the fact that they are regenerate. Conversion is something that follows upon regeneration. The change takes place in the outward life and living of men and women because this great change has first of all taken place within them.


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Regeneration – Sproul Quote

It is critical to understand that regeneration is something that the Holy Spirit does that really and truly changes a person; it changes the very disposition of his soul. If a person is truly regenerate and manifests faith, it is impossible for that person not to bring forth some measure of obedience.

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R.C. Sproul, Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?


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The Doctrine of Regeneration – Paul Washer

Deep South Founders Conference

Session 1 – Thursday Evening Service – January 12, 2012

Paul Washer

The Doctrine of Regeneration

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15

Man is a sinner by nature with no idea how utterly wicked and evil they are. Men do not only do evil things, they are evil.

In order for men to be saved, there are two problems to be dealt with:

1) Justification – imputed righteousness before God

2) Regeneration – a new nature

The old nature has evil intentions which come from an evil heart. The unconverted person is sensual, carnal. The Christian however is a new creature that desires to do things that are pleasing to God.

The unconverted religious person tries to shun the wicked things he loves and embrace the righteous things he hates.

The doctrine of regeneration is what makes James 2:14-18 make sense. Works are not the basis for justification. And it is not that we say we have faith and then work to show proof. The fact is that regeneration naturally produces good works as a fruit.

Compare 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 with verse 9. How do you know that the gospel came with full power and with the Holy Spirit? Because they turned to God and away from their idols. So-called Christianity today calls the person to Jesus while letting people retain their idols.

 


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