Justification takes place in Heaven, in the courtroom of God. Regeneration, on the other hand, takes place on earth, in the heart of man. Justification is a declaration by a judge; regeneration is an act of creation by an omnipotent Creator.
– Charles Leiter
“When God ‘begins a good work in us,’ He will never rest until every idol comes down and all filthiness is cleansed from our lives! He is determined to ‘be our God,’ and He will share us with no other!”
–Charles Leiter, Justification and Regeneration
There is a deep-seated hatred for God and His law in the heart of every lost man. It is for this reason that “those who are in the flesh cannot please God. ” In the religious man this enmity is often well hidden, but under the right circumstances it will lash out viciously.
~ Charles Leiter