What is the Doctrine of Regeneration?
(pronounced rē-ˌjenəˈrā sh ən; ri-jen-uh-rey-shuhn)
The Bible uses several metaphors to describe this mysterious regeneration of a soul – a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17-19), being resurrected from death to life (John 5:25-29; Eph. 2:1-7) and being born again/from above (John 3; 1 John 2:29; 5:4; 1 Peter 1:3). All of these metaphors accurately describe the phenomenal action of God regenerating a person’s spiritual state - the thing acted upon is in a hopeless, helpless state (nothingness; dead; unborn) with an outside, divine and sovereign force intervening (creator; life-giver). So it is with regeneration – a man is in a hopeless, helpless state until God miraculously intervenes, giving spiritual life to him. It is this instantaneous and complete deed of God that awakens a soul and produces understanding, repentance and faith in Christ.
Question for Reflection:
Do I really believe that God’s relationship with me and love for me is not based on my performance but on the undeserving mercy of God?
Titus 3:3-5: “For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit”