En Gedi: Finding rest in the wilderness!

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The Will is Renewed!

Posted by Scott on January 16, 2008

Thomas Boston
(Scottish minister from 1707-1732)

“His people are made willing in the day of His power.” (Ps.110)

Regenerating grace is powerful and efficacious (actually effects) and gives the will a new turn.

The will is cured of its utter inability to will what is good. While the opening of the prison to them that are bound is proclaimed in the Gospel, the Spirit of God comes and opens the prison door, goes to the prisoner, and, by the power of His grace, makes his chains fall off, breaks the bond of iniquity, wherewith he was held in sin, and brings him forth into a large place, ‘working in him both to will and to do of His good pleasure.’ (Phil. 2:13) Then it is that the soul, that was fixed to the earth, can mover heavenward; the withered hand is restored, and can be stretched out.

There is worked in the quickened sinner an aversion to evil. The sweet morsel of sin, so greedily swallowed down, he now grows more and more to hate. The renewed will rises up against sin, strikes at the root and the branches of sin. Lusts are now grievous, and the soul endeavors to starve them.

The will is endowed with an inclination, bent, propensity to good. Now by the power and operation of God, it is drawn from evil to good, and gets another disposition. As the former bent was natural to him, so now this is natural. The will, as renewed, points towards God and godliness. When God made man, his will in respect of its intention, was directed towards God as his chief end; in respect of its choice, it pointed towards that which God willed. When man unmade himself, his will was framed to the very reverse, he made himself his chief end and his own will his law. BUT when man is new made in regeneration, grace rectifies this disorder in some measure, though not perfectly, it yet brings the sinner back to God.

The will is disposed now to receive Christ Jesus the Lord. The soul is content to submit to Him. Regenerating grace undermines, and brings down the towering imaginations of the heart, raised up against its rightful Lord; it breaks the iron sinew, which kept the sinner from bowing to Him; and disposes him to be no more stiff necked, but to yield. He is willing now to take on the yoke of Christ’s commands, to take up the cross and to follow Him. He is content to have Christ on any terms.

The mind being savingly enlightened, and the will renewed, the sinner thereby determined and enabled to answer the gospel call. So the chief work in regeneration is done; the fort of the heart is taken; there is room made for the Lord Jesus Christ in the inmost parts of the soul, the inner door of the will being now opened to Him.

His first vital act is an active receiving of Jesus Christ, discerned in His glorious excellencies, that is, a believing on Him, a closing with Him, as discerned, offered and exhibited in the word of His grace, the glorious Gospel. The immediate effect is union with Him. (Jn.1:12,13; Eph. 3:17)

-Scott Bailey 2008

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