Houlton United Methodist Church

From Head to Heart

What happens if we accept God’s call to repentance and accept Jesus Christ? The Bible says that basically two things happen: “justification” and “regeneration.” In other words, from the moment we accept Jesus as our personal Savior and Master by faith, our sins are forgiven, and we obtain a new, righteous status, from children of wrath (Eph 2:3) to children of God (John 1:12). It’s called “justification.” And simultaneously, we receive a new heart, new spirit, new nature, as God promised (Ezk 36:26). We are born again, born from above, born of the Spirit (John 3:3, 8). It’s called “regeneration” or “conversion.” It may be sudden and dramatic, or gradual and cumulative. But in any case, it’s a new beginning.