Man and Regeneration
Since Christ became the Life-giving Spirit, (1Corin. 15:45) mankind can now receive God’s life into his/her spirit. The Bible calls this “regeneration” (1 Peter 1:3; John 3:3) To be regenerated, simply come to he Lord with an open and honest heart to say to Him:
Lord, Jesus I am a sinner. I need you. Thank you for dying for me. Lord Jesus forgive me. Cleanse me from all my sin. I believe you rose from the dead. I receive you right now as my Savior and Life. Come into me! Fill me with your life! Lord Jesus, I give myself to you for your purpose.
THE MEANING OF REGENERATION
The English word “regeneration” is the translation of palingenesia, from palin (again) and genesis (birth). It means simply a new birth, a new beginning, a new order.
When our Lord used the word, He said to His disciples, “Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28). Here the Lord used the word in a wider sense when referring to His coming kingdom on earth. It is the time of the earth’s regeneration, the new order about which the prophets wrote, when Jehovah will set His King upon His holy hill of Zion (Psalm 2:6), “And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3). The coming kingdom of Christ on earth is the day of the earth’s regeneration, “the times of restitution (restoration R.V.) of all things” (Acts 3:21).
The prayer is the key to only receiving, maintaining a relationship is the journey. God’s full salvation plan doesn’t stop here. After salvation, A believer needs to be baptized. (Mark 16:16) then God begins the lifelong process of gradually spreading himself as life from the believer spirit into his soul, Ephesians 3:17. This process, called “transformation” Romans 12:12, requires “human cooperation” Philippians 2:12.
When the Apostle Paul used the word “regeneration,” he wrote, “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” (Titus 3:5). The difference between our Lord’s use of the word and Paul’s use of it is obvious. Our Lord used it in its widest sense, of the restoration of all things, at His Second Advent to the earth. Paul used it in referring to the regeneration of the individual man, his being born again into God’s new order. This new order is the Church, the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22, 23), not an organization, but a spiritual organism. No effort on man’s part can bring him into God’s order, for it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:5), “Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:9). Regeneration then, may be defined as an act of God whereby He bestows upon the believing sinner new life. This life is God’s own life, the imparting of His own nature. God Himself is the Source and Bestower of His life, so that believers are said to be “partakers of the Divine nature” (II Peter 1:4), “created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10), “born of God” (John 1:13), “born again” (John 3:3, 7), “a new creation” (II Corinthians 5:17).
The most powerful part of this transformation is the evidence of holiness and sanctification. Through submitting to God’s word, we start to see the desires, thoughts, and decisions become more Christ like! As you will continue on your journey with Christ, you will discover He doesn’t just call you in to a relationship He calls you in to intimacy and separation.
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