Forgiveness causes the reversal of death, or is the reversal of death. And the reversal of death is life, love. Rebirth occurs, the rebirthing, rehoming of His Spirit. The new creation.
Everything within you that was of the sinful nature was of death, and that “everything”, when forgiven, reverses death, and turns it into love/life. The things of the death nature are themselves put to death by his provision of life at the moment of forgiveness of them.
To put it in an explanatory way, all the thousands, millions of “sins” that you have accumulated (which is simply the outworking of human nature), when forgiveness for them, of them, is accepted, they “turn over” and become markers of God’s love and forgiveness. They become flags of victory over a fallen enemy. They become the reclaimed ground that once was worthless.
Since God HAS FORGIVEN in the body of Jesus, it is the realisation and acceptance of this that shifts one into life. Everything becomes new. The old has gone.
The fallen human nature has become the ground on which victory is now claimed. It is a free gift, and has to be accepted as so, “like a little child”. It cannot be earned or worked for, it cannot be generated or learned, it cannot come from endless scrutiny and study of scripture, because that can only result in modification of human nature, not the death and rebirth of it.
[And the reversal of death is forgiveness] [for she loved much?][is demonstrating much love?]
[ 1 john 2-26,27. with thanks to “One-Third Born-Again”. “I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you…”] [reversing].
[You search the scriptures, because in them you think you have eternal life, but it is they which testify of me]