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Regeneration: A Miracle

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:17,18).

There is one miracle which does occur often today. This is the miracle of individual regeneration. This, indeed, is a marvelous work of divine creation. Here is a person who was "dead in trespasses and sins" who has suddenly been "quickened" (that is, "made alive") "together with Christ" (Ephesians 2:1-5). He has been "born again," this time not by natural human birth, but "born of the Spirit" (John 3:3,8), and his whole life, especially his heart, has been changed. He has been delivered "from the power of darkness" and "translated" into the kingdom of God's Son, "in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13,14). God had made Christ "to be sin" for him, that he "might be made the righteousness of God in [Christ]" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Like all true Christians, he has been saved by God's grace through faith in Christ, and "created in Christ Jesus unto good works" (Ephesians 2:10).

Note the fact that he has been created in Christ, and is thus a new creation in Him. His old life has passed away and a new life begun. This is surely a miracle in the truest sense of the word. He had been going down to everlasting death and Hell, but now is on the way to Heaven and eternal life with the Lord. This miracle of creation happens frequently, whenever a person truly turns to Christ for forgiveness and salvation. I experienced this miracle long ago—and I hope it has happened (or will soon happen) to you as well.

—Condensed from Miracles, copyright (c) 2003 by Henry M. Morris. Published by Master Books.

A Christian is not like a tadpole who has become a frog. A Christian is like a frog who has become a prince by the kiss of grace. It is a miracle! —Adrian Rogers