“The evidence of regeneration (that you are a Christian, born from above-JK) is that you fight. You know you are regenerated—born again from above with the life of the Lord by the Spirit of the Lord—if you fight. You know with unshakable confidence that you belong to Christ now and forever if you fight. The dead do not fight; the living fight. You fight against sin in and for the kingdom of God. You can see the kingdom by faith. You love the kingdom—the church, its gospel preaching, its holy people, and its living truth. You love God’s King, your Saviour, Jesus Christ. You love and set your heart upon the treasures of the kingdom—righteousness, peace, and joy in the Spirit. Because you love God, you hate and want destroyed the lie of false doctrine, wicked attitudes, alluring temptations, and all that is full of the vanity of wicked man. You fight for the Bible and the truth of the Bible contained in the Reformed creeds. The evidence of regeneration is not that you no longer sin, but that your sin bothers you before God. ”
The Reformed call this battle the Antithesis. It was instituted by God in Genesis 3:15, the enmity between the seed of the woman (Christ and the elect in him) and Satan and the reprobate wicked, and the battle between our old totally depraved nature and the new man animated by the Holy Spirit.
From Knowing War’s origin by Rev. Brian Huizinga in Standard Bearer 15/12/2016
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