Regeneration, Sanctification


REGENERATION
(new birth, renewal, restoration)

Regeneration is an act of God by which
new life is imparted to the person who trusts
Christ as his or her Savior. It does not put us
back where we would have been had Adam
never sinned. Regeneration is birth into a
brand-new life. Regeneration is accomplished by
the Holy Spirit turning a heart of stone into flesh
thereby causing the person to see their sinful nature.
They then see the need of a savior. This then results in repentance and a confession of faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ. No man can say, “Jesus is Lord” without the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16-24; Ephesians 2:4-5; 4:22-24; Col 3:5-17)

“Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:5,8).

REDEMPTION (deliverance)

Believers have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and purchased back by God. Man became separated from God at the Garden of Eden when Adam sinned.

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13,14).

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight” (Ephesians 1:7,8)

SANCTIFICATION (holiness) (set apart to God)

Sanctification is the gracious work of God in setting the believer apart for Himself and for service in the world. It has three aspects to it—positional, progressive, perfect.

  • Positional. We are adopted into God’s family as sons. We are no longer enemies of God. We have been set free from sin. “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life” (Romans 6:22).

“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

  • Progressive. “Sanctify then in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

    “I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification” (Romans 6:19).

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
  • Perfect. “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2).