New affections: the fruit of regeneration

James Buchanan (1804–1870) Church of Scotland minister and theologian. Here he is on the converting work of the Spirit:

“The man is a new creature because he has been endued with new affections or rather his affections have been directed to new and worthier objects. Formerly, they were withdrawn from God, and as they must have some object they were centred on some wordly thing – power or pleasure or wealth or fame – and hence he was ungodly, as having no supreme affection for God and subject to worldly lusts…these lusts are not eradicated by conversion; they may no long continue to be to the believer what the Canaanites were to Israel…But their power is broken, when, under the teaching of the Spirit, the mind is turned from lying vanities to the living God and new, and holier and better objects are embraced by the heart’s affections.”

(HT: Adrian Reynolds)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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