In his response to Federal Vision proponent Doug Wilson, Not Reformed at All, John W Robbins writes the following about becoming a Christian.
Becoming a Christian is not the result of a ritual activity itself, nor is it a corporate activity. Becoming a Christian, because it’s “coming to the knowledge of the truth,” is always intellectual and individual. Each man must understand and believe the truth for himself. It is impossible for one person to understand and believe for another. Belief is a gift the Holy Spirit gives to those for whom Christ died. The Holy Spirit does not understand or believe for them; He causes them to understand and believe the truth. That gift is dispensed only to individuals, one individual at a time, by the direct and immediate activity of the Spirit on their minds. Individual minds – and individual minds are the only minds there are – are enlightened by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. Scripture refers to this activity as “regeneration,” “resurrection,” “illumination,” and, more literally, “coming to a knowledge of the truth.”
– Not Reformed at All (p 41), Trinity Foundation 2004
Just a good quote, I think. I’ll be writing on Deuteronomy 1 tomorrow.