The Work of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration

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THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN REGENERATION INTRODUCTION The words "born again" have been cheapened today by many in religion. Satan is a master at redefining Bible terms; therefore, it behooves us to have a clear understanding of the Scriptural meaning of these words. Let’s consider what the Bible teaches about being "regenerated" or "born again." I. THE NECESSITY OF THE NEW BIRTH A. OUR LORD CLEARLY REVEALED THAT REGENERATION WAS NECESSARY TO SALVATION (Jn. 3:3, 5). 1. Before a man can fellowship with God, he not only needs forgiveness, but his whole nature must be renewed. Fallen man is: a. Natural (I Cor. 2:14). b. Sensual (Jude 19). c. Carnal (Rom. 8:5-8). d. This is opposed to being spiritual (I Cor. 2:15). 2.…show more content…
3:8). 3. While God uses means in the salvation of the elect, yet it must be understood that regeneration itself is solely a work of God. B. GOD NEVER REGENERATES A PERSON APART FROM HIS HAVING RECEIVED THE GOSPEL. 1. God’s Word is often mentioned in connection with the new birth. a. In speaking to the believers in the Church at Corinth, Paul said, "For in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel"(I Cor. 4:15). b. James tells us that God used the Word of Truth to bring about our regeneration (Jas. 1:18). c. Peter tells us that we were born again by the incorruptible seed of the Word of God (I Pet. 1:23). d. The Psalmest declared that he was quickened by the Word of God (Ps. 119:93). 2. God’s work of regeneration upon a person’s soul is always wrought in conjunction with the Gospel. a. Regeneration produces faith, and there can be no faith without the Gospel (Rom. 10:17). b. A person cannot believe in a Savior of whom he has never heard(Rom. 10:14). c. In regeneration, God gives us a heart to know God, and we can’t know God apart from having a knowledge of the Scriptures (Jer. 24:7). d. In regeneration, God empowers the Gospel by opening the heart to receive it (Acts 16:14). 3. Regeneration is a sovereign and direct work of God on the soul, but no one can

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