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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 4

25 Mar

So, a person MUST believe “in” Jesus Christ (who He is) and “on” Jesus Christ (what He has done) to be saved. That is the saving faith that God puts in us the moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour.

At this divine moment in a person’s life, the following takes place or begins to take place: Regeneration, Justification, Redemption, Adoption, Sanctification, Imputation, Propitiation, Reconciliation, Atonement, and Glorification.

Let us study these one by one:

I. Regeneration

A. What is regeneration? Regeneration means to “re-gene” or – an easier way to understand – being born again. This is not speaking in physical terms – John 3:4-6 “Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” It is speaking in spiritual terms. John 3:5-8 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” Regeneration means to have a new birth, a spiritual birth.

B. How does regeneration work?

The Holy Spirit impregnates the heart of an unbeliever with the see of God, which is the Word of God. Luke 8:11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” As a person believes the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he or she is born again by the Word of God as a new creation, “a babe in Christ.” 1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” 1 John 5:1 “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” 1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

The agents that regenerate us are the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. This, therefore, is not a human effort to become a better person, but a miraculous, supernatural new birth whereby God creates an entirely new person in us. Man, at Salvation, becomes a new creature. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Galatians 6:15 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” See again John 3:3-8 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

C. Who is this “new man” that God has created in us?

1. He is “created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

2. He is created. Colossians 3:10 “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:”

3. He is incapable of sinning. 1 John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” God does not reform the old man, Romans 6:6 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Rather, God creates an entirely new man in a person who believes the gospel. A perfect, new man in His image who is incapable of sinning. We then become partakers of the divine nature, which results in a changed life. 2 Peter 1:1-4 “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Regeneration is not a reforming of the old man, but is God making a brand new man in us. Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Ezekiel 11:19 “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:” Ezekiel 36:26 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

D. What does regeneration do?

1. Regeneration gives a New Birth. Like in a physical birth, it is an experience, not a process. It is a one-time event that places us into the family of God. 1 John 3:1-2 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

2. Regeneration gives a New Life, a unison with Christ through the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

3. Regeneration gives a New Nature. This is a divine nature, the attributes of which are imparted by the Spirit. 2 Peter 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Ephesians 4:24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

NOTE: We have seen that regeneration is like creation. It is God making something out of nothing.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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