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That ye would walk worthy of God, who bath called you unto His kingdom and glory.

For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

- I Thessalonians 2:12-13

But as many as received Him, to thein gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name:

Which 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

 


  • Theologically - Pertaining to theology, the systematic study of the doctrine of God's Word


  • If God only provided a life-offering gospel, why would no person ever be saved? What rich blessings for fallen sinners are contained in God's life-giving work and life-commanding Word?

    The almighty, life-giving work of the Holy Spirit always accompanies the powerful, life-commanding Word of God.

      In the opening verses of Scripture, regarding God's creating work, we read:

      In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

      And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

      And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

      - Genesis 1:1-3

      Where do you read of God's life-giving work and life-commanding Word in these verses? How are both of these forces evident throughout the entire chapter? How is God's natural creation a pattern of His spiritual re-creation?

    As God's almighty life-giving work accompanied His life-commanding Word in natural creation, so it also occurs in His spiritual re-creation. When bringing spiritually dead sinners to life, God's almighty life-giving work - regeneration - always accompanies His powerful life-commanding Word - the internal call. The result of God's irresistible calling and regenerating work is a new creation; a spiritually dead sinner is restored to life - he is born again.

    The word "regeneration" means "rebirth," "recreation," "reformation," or "renovation." Theologically, the word regeneration is used in three ways:

    1. In a narrower sense, regeneration isGod's act of implanting a new principle of spiritual life in a spiritually dead sinner's heart. In this sense, regeneration strictly refers to a divine, one-time act that produces a spiritual rebirth and recreation in the soul of the sinner - a "new heart." This "new heart," the person's deepest will and governing principle, desires to love and serve God rather than self, sin, world, and Satan. The new God-given nature is enthroned; and the old sinful nature, dethroned.

    2. In a wider sense, regeneration refers to the entire process of man's renewal which flows forth from His new heart. In this sense, regeneration includes the person's rebirth, conversion, faith, and sanctification. It speaks of the person's entire renovation or change.


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