Friday, February 17, 2012

No Birth Defects

Do you ever feel like an incomplete Christian? I loved seeing this from Josh Blount:
.....there are no incomplete Christians either. None of us are perfect, but none of us are incomplete. Let me let Jonathon Edwards explain:
“A true convert, the moment he is converted, is possessed not of one or two, but of all holy principles, and all gracious dispositions. They may be feeble, indeed, like the faculties and powers of an infant child, but they are all truly there, and will be seen flowing out progressively in every kind of holy feeling and behavior toward both God and man. In ever real convert there are as many graces as there were in Jesus Christ himself.” (Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits, p.279).
Do you see what he means? If you’re a genuine Christian, the new nature God has created in you at the moment of regeneration, though underdeveloped and always imperfect in this life, is the complete new nature created in Jesus’ likeness. There are no Christians born with spiritual birth defects. No, you and I will never see the Holy Spirit’s work perfected in us in this life – but neither are we missing anything vital for godliness and Christian living.
I like that - no birth defects (new birth, that is) !