“Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”- 1pet.1:3
What is regeneration? “We may define regeneration as follows: Regeneration is a secret act of God in which he imparts new spiritual life to us. This is sometimes called “being born again” (using language from John 3:3-8)” – Wayne Grudem
What does the bible say about regeneration:
- 1. Regeneration is required in salvation.
- People are wicked and cannot come to God on their own. Because of our nature; people cannot please God.
“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”-Rom.8:7-8
- We cannot have everlasting life without regeneration.
“Jesus answered him, “Truly truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”- Jon.3:3
- 2. Regeneration is caused by God.
- The believer is born not by the will of man, but of the will of God.
“Who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”- Jon.1:13
- God gives us his spirit.
“He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”-Tit.3:5-6
- 3. God uses the proclamation of the Gospel in regeneration.
- We see this in Paul proclaiming the Gospel to Lydia.
“One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.”-Act.16:14
- God uses His Word.
“Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”-Jam.1:18
- Regeneration and proclamation go hand and hand.
“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.”-1Cor.1:21
- 4. Regeneration as described in Scripture.
- It is a spiritual resurrection.
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, we too might walk in newness of life.”- Rom.6:4
- Giving us a new heart and Spirit.
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and you a heart of flesh.”-Ezek.36:26
- 5. Regeneration produces change.
- We will have a hatred for sin.
“No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.”-1Jon.3:9
- We will delight in god’s law.
“For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being”-Rom.7:22
- We will practice righteousness.
“If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.”-1Jon.2:29