Regeneration

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Regeneration is the action or process of spiritual renewal or revival or restoration of a church or the soul of a person. If we have a wound that is infected, forming gangrene to the point of further deterioration unto death, then it is cured and the body has returned to normal, to the original form, we will say that the body is regenerated. So also, if the moral or spiritual condition of a person is deteriorated, and he is restored to normal, we may say that his morality is regenerated. Let us see a few scripture verses. "Titus 3:5 ... but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" So, God is regenerating us by his mercy for our salvation. That is, God does not save us mysteriously, but through the process that includes regeneration, of living in righteousness, rather than in sin. "Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." So, regeneration is also a renewal of our mind. It is a part in the process of salvation.

In the previous paragraph, we gave the meaning of regeneration as renew it to its original form. That is okay. But, the Bible gives an entire different meaning, other than our common language means. According to the Bible, it talks about two generations, one is of the world, and the other is of heaven, which is Spiritual. In this, God is not talking about renewal to the original, but transforming the defective to the perfect, or we may say, to exchange the worldly into the heavenly. "Matthew 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, 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." Verse 27 says that they forsook all the worldly things. In verse 28, in the regeneration, the heavenly majesty and glory will be the exchange for the sacrifice in the world. In Titus 3:5 also, God saves us by an exchange of spiritual things for the worldly things. Somehow, heavenly spiritual things will be restored to us in the regeneration.

A link for more information: "Born Again." Thank you.

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