Salvation - Regeneration

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REGENERATION

I The Definition of Regeneration

1a As it relates to two key Greek Words

1b Paliggenesia

1c “Palin” - a repetition of the action of the verb it is attached too conveying the idea of “a renewal or repetition of the act” and “Genesis” speaking of the organs or original state of something”

2c The idea here is to repeat the origins or original plan of something – to repeat what was originally intended by the creator “the restoration of a thing to its pristine state” - Thayers

3c In our case it is a change back to the original blueprint of God

“that glorious change of all things (in heaven and earth) for the better, that restoration of the primal and perfect condition of things which existed before the fall of our first parents, which the Jews looked for in connection with the advent of the Messiah, and which the early Christians expected in connection with the visible return of Jesus from heaven:” (from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

2b Anakalupto: on going change for the better

2a As it is compared to Justification

1b Justification addresses our present standing before God

1c It declares us right with God’s Holy standard and thus opens the way for us sinners to be treated as Saints:

1d Fellowship with God

2d Communicate with God

3d Service for God

4d Bear spiritual fruit

5d God’s direction and truth

6d Presence of God’s Spirit

2c It does not address the person’s character and actions in the past or the present

1d We need a working relationship with God but have not arrived at a state of holiness (1 John 1:8-10; Rom. 7:14-20)

2d Justification makes this working relationship possible looking to the day in which we will be made perfect

2b Regeneration addresses our future state before God

1c It is through regeneration that we move from the state being sinners to the state of being holy

2c In other words it is the process whereby we become what we have been declared

II The Stages of Regeneration: three in all

1a Positional stage (Titus 3:5; 2 Cor. 5:17)

1b Paul declares that this take place with the washing away of our sin or in others words it is a part of God’s work of Salvation of salvation

2b When we were saved, it is granted to us that we will be completely “reborn in the image of the Second Adam, Jesus (John 3 16; 11:25; 1 john 3:2)

2a Progressive stage (Titus 3:5)

1b Since our salvation the Holy Spirit has been doing the renovation work of bringing us ever closer to the perfect state He has promised to us

2b However, this progressive state also involves our willingness to contribute to the process – to do our part as well (Eph. 4:22; Col. 3:8-11)

3b As one Saint put it, “the closer I am to Christ in this life, the less I have to change in the time of the resurrection!”

3a Perfect stage: we see our Lord (1 Cor. 15)

III The Outcome of Regeneration

1a As we remember, regeneration means a repeating of the original design

2a With this in mind we can conclude that this will mean

1b Perfect fellowship with God

2b Perfect body

3b Perfect human relationships

4b Perfect world (Rom. 8:18ff; Rev. 21)

5b Perfect lives – holy without sin

3a Therefore what we have to give up and sacrifice in this life for the cause of Christ will be given to us 10 fold+ in the world to come.