From the hymn “Hail, Sovereign Love” we see the command given by the voice of the Son of God at the moment of regeneration. The dead, alien sinner is “arrested” and overtaken by the power of Christ at the new birth. Regeneration is not an invitation where Christ is trying to entice the sinner to choose him. We see through the example of Jacob, the thief on the cross, and Saul of Tarsus that Christ is sovereign to arrest and overwhelm during the power of the new birth.

Preached at Beulah PBC (Leeds, AL) on 7/31/2022.