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What is the new birth?

 Natural birth is a coming forth from the mother’s womb into a new a life.  Similarly the new birth is a coming forth from water and the Spirit into a new life in Christ .  There is one birth but two elements.  It is a spiritual birth not a natural phenomenon.   (John 3: 3, 5)

 

How does God beget?

 We are begotten by God when by the exercise of His will we receive the seed, the word of God, which is implanted in our heart.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  Receiving Jesus by believing in His name marks this event.  As a result faith begins to develop until it is complete or perfected.  Faith, when perfected, leads to the obedience of faith, specifically one is led to repent of their sins and to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins.  (James 1: 18, 21; Romans 10: 17; John 1: 12, 13)

 

What is regeneration?

 Re- again.  Genero- to beget produce, create, cause to exist, bring to life, generate.  Regeneration is a bringing to life again.  Regeneration is the passing from spiritual death to life in Christ Jesus by becoming a child of God.  (Titus 3: 5; John 5: 24)

 

Why should we be interested in regeneration?

 Most of us would choose life as opposed to death.  Regeneration offers the possibility of beginning our lives again with a clean slate, a new spirit and as child of the King, a citizen in the kingdom of God.  (John 10: 10)

 

Of what does regeneration consist?

 If we understand the birds and the bees we know that procreation and hence regeneration consist of a begettal and a birth.

 

Who does God give the right to be born again?

 God gives those He begets the right to become children of God by being born again.  Faith precedes the baptism.  Faith precedes the reception of the Spirit.

(John 7: 39; 1: 12, 13;Acts 2: 38, 38; 5: 32)

 

Does “water” means water”?

 “Water” means “water” and “Spirit” means :Spirit”.  Many will tell you that water is the word, or the Spirit or even embryonic fluid and some say the Spirit is the word or spirit or something else.  They say these things to accommodate their own theology!  These people have been deceived and if we listen to them we will be deceived.  Water is water and the Spirit is Spirit.

 The elements in the new birth are water and the Holy Spirit; there is one birth, but two elements.

 

When does one “come forth” from water and the Spirit?

 One cannot “come forth” from water and the Spirit unless one has been baptized or immersed in both elements.  When we are baptized we are immersed in water and God pours out His Spirit, immersing us with the Spirit.  When we “come forth” from that experience, we are born again.  There is one baptism, but two elements, water and the Spirit.  (Ephesians 4: 5: 1 Corinthians 10: 1- 3)

 

Must we be baptized?

 Of course!  Jesus instructed His apostles to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that He had commanded.  (Matthew 28: 18- 20; 1 Corinthians 12: 13)

 How can you possibly be born or come forth from water if you have not been immersed in water?  Similarly how can you be born of the Spirit if you have not been immersed in the Spirit?

 

When do water and the Spirit come together in the Christian experience?

 Peter told the Jews at Pentecost, and by extension all men, to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  When we are baptized in water, Christ pours out the Holy Spirit upon us and we are immersed in the Holy Spirit.  (Acts 2: 38, 39)

 There is one baptism, but two elements, water and the Spirit.  The two elements comprise one baptism, one unity.  (Ephesians 4: 5)

 

What does God do when we are baptized?

 Baptism in water

 

Baptism in the Spirit

 

Why is there so much confusion about the new birth?

 The regeneration and the new birth are highly controversial and greatly misunderstood topics in our world.  There are three primary, conflicting views: faith regeneration, baptismal regeneration and Spirit regeneration.  Ironically each view though flawed has an element of truth within.

 Well-intentioned theologians have imposed their own theology of salvation upon the new birth.  They are deceived and continue to deceive many.

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Arland  Pafford  

 

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