Eph. 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Salvation changes everything. Before we were born again we could only have a philosophic idea about spiritual things. Once Christ came into our lives we begin to experience the realness of the spiritual world. Just as a blind man can’t see the world he lives in we were also blind to the spiritual realm. The opening of our eyes is the direct result of regeneration. Not only do we believe this spiritual realm is real, we actually begin to function in that world. This is our new life, this is where we are at home. Jonathan Edwards wrote powerfully about spiritual awakenings, after all, his church was caught up in the move of God we call the Great Awakening. Here is something he said about the effect the Holy Spirit has on our soul in regard to regeneration.
“The first effect that is produced in the soul, whereby it is carried above what it has or can have by nature, is to cause it to relish or taste the sweetness of the divine relation. When once the soul is brought to relish the excellency of the divine nature, then it will naturally, and of course, incline to God every way. It will incline to be with him and to enjoy him. It will have benevolence to God; it will be glad that he is happy; it will incline that he should be glorified, and that his will should be done in all things. So that the first effect of the power of God in the heart in regeneration, is to give the heart a divine taste or sense, to cause it to have a relish of the loveliness and sweetness of the supreme excellency of the divine nature; and indeed this is all the immediate effect of the divine power that there is, this is all the Spirit of God needs to do, in order to a production of all good effects in the soul. He that is once brought to see, or rather to taste, the superlative loveliness of the Divine Being, will need no more to make him long after the enjoyment of God, to make him rejoice in the happiness of God, and to desire that this supremely excellent Being may be pleased and glorified.”
That is powerful, not only does God become real to us when we are saved, He becomes enjoyable and sweet to our “taste”. Before our conversion, our religious practice was really all based on theory or human reasoning. Since we experienced His life changing love we begin to enter into the profound arena of experiential Christianity. Christ is not a dogma or a doctrine, He is the Son of God and the very reason He came was to make God real to the common man. Just as Jesus opened the eyes of the blind throughout His earthly ministry, He is opening the eyes of whosoever will.