“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Originally shaped in iniquity, and conceived in sin–the love of sin and the hatred of holiness are born with us.
But when by the Holy Spirit we are born again, this original and natural love of sin and hatred of holiness are reversed! A new and heavenly principle is implanted which leads the regenerate man to hate sin and love holiness.
Now, it is in this divine principle that the love of holiness in the believer is implanted–and a power in antagonism to sin is implanted in his heart.
What a reverse now transpires!
The regenerate now love what they once hated–and hate what they once loved!
We loved sin, lived in sin, in some of its many forms . . .
the lust of the flesh,
the lust of the eye,
the pride of life,
the power of mammon,
the fascination of the world,
the idolatry of the creature,
the love of SELF!
Some, or all these forms of sin maintained the supremacy, and held their unbroken, undisputed rule.
Oh, how changed a man he is now!
The sins which he once committed,
the objects which he once loved,
the tastes which he once cultivated,
the sensualities in which he once indulged,
have lost their power . . .
and to enthrall.