Sunday, February 28, 2010
THOUGHTS ON REGENERATION
I wish here to teach about an important thing that I believe God's people should know.
People are always asking what takes place at regeneration or the new birth.
Beloved, the following must take place before a person can be regenerated or born again. The Lord must send His Precious Holy Spirit to one of His elect chosen in Christ before the world began. The Lord of glory does not send His Holy Spirit to just anyone, but only His elect who are accepted in the beloved, Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:4)
The Holy Spirit is sent to quicken an elect person's soul and when He does, He implants spiritual life which is called a new creature, where the soul which was preciously dead in trespasses and sins is risen from spiritually dead state. (John 3:3-5 - Ephesians 2:4-5 - 1 John 3:9)
That is the first things that must happen.
The second thing that must happen when the Holy Spirit is sent into the soul is this: The power of Satan over the soul must be broken. (Romans 3:9-12 - Romans 6:1-22 - 2 Timothy 2:24-25)
Now, the third thing that must happen is this. The Holy Spirit must and does remove the hatred which natural man has for God from the soul and replace it with love. (Romans 1:18 - Romans 8:7-8)
The fourth things that must take place is the re-creation of the image of God within the soul. The new man within the flesh is re-created in holiness where the Holy Spirit dwells. (Ephesians 4:22-24 - Colossians 3:9-10)
The fifth thing that must take place by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit is this. The Holy Spirit must remove all satanic blindness and replace it with spiritual sight. (2 Corinthians 4:3-7)
None of these elements must be missing and if any of these elements are missing then there is no regeneration.
By Calvin Waller