A Comprehensive Birth
The human need for regeneration arises from more than the need for forgiveness of sins. As a result of the fall, humans are totally depraved. This does not mean that every person is as evil as he or she could possibly be, but rather that all of human nature and personhood has been corrupted by sin. Because the effects of sin are comprehensive, God’s regeneration of a sinner must also be comprehensive. God’s purpose in redemption is not just to forgive the sins of His people, but also to give them new hearts and make them into new creatures. For this reason, God’s act of comprehensive regeneration both enables a person to enter into the kingdom of God and renews that person’s capacity to bear God’s image as a citizen of that kingdom.