In reality, the new believer has experienced a second birth...This, to me, is the greatest miracle we could ever imagine - truly coming home to our father in heaven - for all this means in this life and in eternity.
Does this transformational step seem disarmingly simple? Unfortunately, the concept of coming to Jesus in this way has been so obscured, so wrapped up in extra ideas and extra words that many have been robbed of the wonderful simplicity of its truth. How important it is that we not allow this to happen to us.
Personal transformation results in a completely new nature. It replaces the old, which had been corrupted from the beginning. The Apostle Paul describes it this way: “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Consider other terms used in the Bible to describe the stark contrast between the old and the new. A person, on becoming a believer comes out of darkness into light (Acts 26:18); out of bondage into freedom (Romans 8:21); out of death into life (Romans 6:13).
In reality, the new believer has experienced a second birth. The first was a natural birth, which came with a fallen nature. The second is a spiritual birth, free of this basic defect. It is a brand new start. We become a new person! Jesus says: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” Something of heaven itself – alive, active and imperishable – indwells the new believer.
This, to me, is the greatest miracle we could ever imagine – truly coming home to our father in heaven – for all this means in this life and in eternity.» Part 10: Entering a New Orbit