THERE ARE NO ‘REGENERATED UNBELIEVERS’ WALKING AROUND

THERE ARE NO ‘REGENERATED UNBELIEVERS’ WALKING AROUND

Michael Jeshurun

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” [Matt 5:14]

Our Lord did not say that a city set on a hill SHOULD NOT BE HID, but that it CANNOT BE HID!

And beloved if you’re truly saved, try as you may you CANNOT hide it! It’ll show! As the early disciples told their persecutors who commanded them to shut up – “For WE CANNOT BUT SPEAK the things which we have seen and heard!” [Acts 4:20] Except in a rare exception where a baby is born dumb a new born baby makes a lot of noise. And that is how it is with a regenerated soul . . . it runs back to its friends and relatives exclaiming, “Come, see a Man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” [John 4:29]

We are writing this paper because there has been much ado about this ‘time gap’ between regeneration and conversion or ‘belief’. This error is usually prevalent among those who teach some sort of ‘decisional regeneration’. There is this individual who has ‘sincerely prayed’ this ‘salvation prayer’ or walked the aisle or signed a ‘decision card’ or whatever and is still living like the devil. And when this confused loved one of this ‘regenerated unbeliever’ questions the ‘Pastor’ as to the salvation of this individual, he is told, “Oh don’t let his lifestyle bother you; he is like many others just a regenerated unbeliever. He will believe by and by just give him time. After-all didn’t our Lord promise that if we ask Him into our hearts He will come in and sup with us? (Rev 3:20)  So it may take it’s time but he will believe by and by.”

There is a verse that describes such ‘regenerated unbelievers’ and it is in Titus 1:16 – “They profess that they know God; but IN WORKS THEY DENY HIM, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate!”

The Bible does not teach that there is a huge ‘time gap’ between Regeneration and Faith. A.W. Pink who put it this way (or something like it): Regeneration/faith is like making a blind man see. The moment his sight is restored, he sees. So while he cannot see until his sight is restored, (the parallel being that there is no faith until regeneration), there is no perceptible “time gap” between having his sight restored and the fact that he can now see.

A soul is regenerated following the coming of the Spirit into one’s heart and what follows immediately is Faith and confession – “ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father!” [Rom 8:15] The apostle Paul was religious Pharisee who had been a regular attendee at the Jewish temple and had prayed nominal religious prayers all his life; and yet following his regeneration one of the characteristics which our Lord used to describe him to Ananias was – “Behold he prayeth!” [Acts 9:11] Now THAT is the mark of a truly regenerated soul – they believe and they pray!

The regenerated soul right away ‘sees’ the heinousness of his sin and also the fountain opened for sin! [Zech 13:1] And so repentance and faith immediately follow regeneration! Sometimes just as the blind man at Bethsaida who had His eyes opened, but saw “men as trees walking” [Mark 8:24], the regenerated soul may not see all spiritual truths CLEARLY. And it may take a ‘second touch’ from the Lord to accomplish this.

But generally speaking Faith ,belief, conversion or ‘seeing the light’ if you will follows on the very heels of Regeneration. Saul was regenerated on the road to Damascus and three days later the Lord sends Ananias to pray over Saul and cause him to receive sight and learn a little more about this Jesus from the disciples at Damascus. Shortly following Cornelius’ regeneration the apostle Peter is sent to him. God had already made an incredible change in his life by giving him a heart that separated him from other Italians. The life-giving voice of the Lord Jesus Christ had called for him to live spiritually, and he lived as certainly as Lazarus came forth from the tomb. He only needed Peter to loose him from some Roman and Jewish burial clothes!

Peter brought the gospel to save Cornelius from despair over his sins [Luke 7:36-50; Rom 7:24-25], from Jewish ignorance of salvation [Rom 10:1-5], from Roman idolatry and superstition [I Thess 1:9-10], from ignorance about life and immortality [II Tim 1:9-10], and from confusion about the resurrection [I Cor 15:2]. He needed to learn the way of God more perfectly [Acts 18:24-28], and how to prove his election [II Pet 1:5-11].

Same with the Ethiopian Eunuch. Shortly following his regeneration God sends Philip to preach the truth to him and lead him in a believer’s baptism.

The point of all this being that generally speaking God always sends His preachers to His children whom He has sovereignly regenerated that they may hear the Gospel and thereby believe. [Rom 10:14] Sometimes regeneration and ‘belief’ can be simultaneous and at other times it may be a short while before the regenerated soul is shown the truth and made to believe.

BUT THERE ARE NO ‘REGENERATED UNBELIEVERS’ WALKING AROUND WHO WERE REGENERATED MANY YEARS AGO!

Conversion or ‘belief’ immediately follows Regeneration, but it make take the converted believer some time before he sees all things clearly.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” [Prov 4:18]

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