Regeneration: a sovereign work

Regeneration is a sovereign work of God

But to all who did receive him,  who believed in his name,  he gave the right  to become  children of God, who  were born,  not of blood  nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John. 1:12-13

“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is  born  again he cannot  see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born  of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is  flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born  again.’ The wind blows  where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-8

“Of his own will he  brought us forth by the word of truth,  that we should be a kind of  firstfruits of his creatures.” James 1:18

“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” 1 Peter 1:3

 

 a radical work or total transformation

“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 give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you,  and cause you to walk in my statutes and  be careful to obey my rules.” Ezekiel 36:26-27

“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.” 1 John 3:9

not just an addition…The SOURCE of regeneration is Christ

“Blessed be  the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing  in the heavenly places” Ephesians 1:3

“But God, being  rich in mercy,  because of the great love with which he loved us” Ephesians 2:4

“and to put on  the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24

“Therefore, if anyone is  in Christ, he is  a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

The AGENT of regeneration is the Holy 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” Titus 3:5

The INSTRUMENT of regeneration is the Word of God 

“Of his own will he  brought us forth by the word of truth,  that we should be a kind of  firstfruits of his creatures.” James 1:18

“since you have been born again,  not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through  the living and abiding word of God” 1 Peter 1:23

“but the word of the Lord remains forever. And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:25

which precedes and causes faith.

“It is the Spirit who gives life;  the flesh is no help at all.  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But  there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus  knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and  who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you  that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” John 6:63-65

“Everyone who believes that  Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and  everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.” 1 John 5:1

“even  when we were dead in our trespasses,  made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—” Ephesians 2:5

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God  made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses” Colossians 2:13

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