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Regeneration

 

What does the word mean?

The word means to beget or procreate again

 

What is regeneration?

Regeneration is the passing from spiritual death to the newness of life in Christ by becoming a child of God, a new creation.  The term is only specifically mentioned twice in the New Testament but is alluded to several times.

 

Why is there a need to regenerate

The Scriptures teach that all responsible people who are not in Christ, are spiritually dead in their trespasses and sins.

 

Of what does the regeneration consist?

First, one must be begotten by God and second, one must be born again?

 

How are you begotten by God?

We are said to be begotten of God when by the exercise of the Fathers will, when we come to faith in Jesus the Christ as the Son of God.  Faith is the work of God and is accomplished by hearing the word.  God gives the grace of faith to those that will humble and deny themselves.  God gives grace to the humble but resist the proud.  Those that believe are given the right or authority to become a child of God by being born of God.  James 1: 18; 1 John 5: 1, 18; 1 Corinthian 4: 15; Philemon 10; John 6: 29; 1: 12, 13;  Matthew 16:24; 1 Peter 1: 23; 4: 6  Please use the KJV or Berry’s Interlinear Greek-English New Testament for the “begotten” references

 

How is one born again?

We are born again according to the will of God.  We must be born of water and the Spirit in order to enter the kingdom of God.  In the natural realm one is born when he comes forth from the womb into a new life.  Similarly one must come forth from water and the Spirit to be born again.  John 1: 13; 3: 3, 5

 

When is there a concurrence of “water” and the Spirit?

When we are baptized or immersed in water, God has promised to pour out the Holy Spirit upon us at that time.   Acts 2: 38, 39; 5: 32

 

How are we born of water?

We are born of water when we come forth the water when after we are baptized or immersed, we arise or come forth from the water in newness of life.  Galatians 3: 26, 37; John 6: 4

 

How are we born of the Spirit?

We are born of the Spirit when God richly pours His Spirit upon us after having repented and submitted to immersion in water.  God gives His Spirit to dwell in us to give life, to place His seal upon us that we belong to Him, to serve as His pledge that He will redeem our bodies and to renew us.  Titus 3: 5; Acts 2: 17, 18; 2: 38, 39; 5: 32

 

What are the primary ideas in the religious world concerning regeneration?

 

Are these views inconsistent with the Scriptures?

All of these views have an element of truth, but regeneration is a combination of these three views.

 

What about the Evangelical position?

They seem to have confused the begettal with the birth.  When you come to faith, you are not “born again”; you are “begotten by God”. When you believe, God gives you the right or authority to become a child of God, but you do not become a child until you are born of water and the Spirit.  John 1: 12, 13

 

What about the Catholic position?

Catholicism teaches that the sacrament of baptism when administered by a duly ordained priest confers the grace of regeneration.  According to this view you are born again before you are begotten.  Without faith baptism is an empty ritual.  Baptism is a faith-response.  Without faith it is impossible to be pleasing to God.  Hebrews 11: 6

 

What about the Reformed position?

They also seem to have the cart before the horse.  The birth precedes the begettal. The indwelling Spirit is not unconditional; is given to those that believe and obey.  Ephesians 1: 13; acts 2: 38, 39; 5: 32

 

God requires us all, regardless of affiliation, to be born again in order to enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

God bless.

Arland  Pafford  

 

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Last Update   11/22/07