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Regeneration produces the following results in the lives of its recipients:

1. The implanting of the seed of spiritual life - The living, spiritual seed, planted in regeneration, will grow and produce repentance, faith, and obedience in the life of the person in whom it is planted.

2. The receiving of a new heart - The new heart, nature, or principle received in regeneration loves God and others. It produces a deep, fundamental change in the person providing a new direction to his will, affections, thoughts, and actions. He is a new creature, a new man.

3. A change of states - Before, regeneration the person was unsaved; now, he is saved. Before, he was a child of Adam; now, he is a child of God. Before, he was lost; now, found. Before, a natural man; now, a spiritual man. Before, Satan's servant; now, God's servant. Before, hell-bound; now, heaven-bound. Before, a God-hater; now, a God-lover.

4. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit enters the soul of the person in regeneration to dwell within him. He will abide there forever, in a relationship of most intimate communion.

5. The restoration of God's image - The restoration of God's image in man, of true knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, takes place in regeneration. While this restoration is not perfect in degree during the person's life on earth, due to his old sinful nature, the new nature is perfect in principle.

God's regenerating grace may never be separated from His converting grace. The personal experience of misery, deliverance, and thankfulness proceeds from regeneration. The living seed always produces living growth. Personal repentance, faith, and obedience issue from regeneration. Fruits of love to God and others are produced by the living seed of regeneration. Jesus stated, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruits. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:15-20).

A brief summary of five unscriptural views of regeneration and the biblical teaching of personal, experiential regeneration is shown in the chart on the following pages. For a more detailed explanation of these regenerational views, refer to Chapter 9 on the Covenant of Grace.

 

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

- I Peter 1:23

And a new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

- Ezekiel 36:26

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

- II Corinthians 5: 17

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

- Romans 6:23

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

- I Corinthians 3:16

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.

- Colossians 3:10

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

- Ephesians 4:24

 

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