Discipleship Series on Salvation: Regeneration

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Script. Titus 3:3-7 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Emphasis Mine)

I.    Regeneration:

  • In Greek (palingenesia) means rebirth or re-creation. Its meaning stems from the Greek Palin, meaning again. Genesia meaning to bring into being, to be born.
  • This new life is described in three places well four, one being in the Old Testament .
  • 2 Co 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation
  • In John 3:3 is where Jesus tells Nicodemus about being Born-again.
  • Also in Romans 6:13 about being alive from the dead.
  • Regeneration is a process of a resurrection from the dead.
  • What was once dead has come to life.
  • When faith in the word of God mixes with the Spirit of God new life takes place.
  • Faith within the sinner brings together in union the power of the word with the Holy Spirit of God within that person’s heart.
  • Thereby forming a totally new creature in Christ, born-again and alive from the dead.
  • Ezekiel 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

II.    Born Again: John 3: 1- 8 

  • In John 3 Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and compliments Jesus saying we know you that have come from God as a teacher, for no one can do these signs unless God is with him.
  • Jesus answered?
  • Answered what Nicodemus never asked a question but Jesus answered what his heart wanted to know.
  • In John 3:3 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
  • Nicodemus realized that just having the knowledge about God’s word is not enough that’s why he came to Jesus.
  • He was still empty; he knew there had to be more.
  • Jesus simply cut to the chase.
  • Nicodemus is a very wealthy influential man of high position in society well versed in the scripture.
  • The life of a Jew
    1. Ages 5-10 memorize the Torah
    2. Ages 10-14 memorize all the rest of Tanakh (Joshua to Malachi)
    3. Ages 14 on if he was brilliant enough he could go on to Beit-Midrash or house of study, then he would attached himself to a local Rabbi that he respected, if the child was worthy of consideration he would quiz him to see how well he knew the Torah and the rest of the scriptures, (Tanakh) and was able to debate it. It was a grueling period of testing. He was then told either to “take his yoke upon him” (be that rabbi’s disciple) or “go ply your trade” (work the trade of your father)
  • So when Jesus said Art thou a master of Israel and knowest not these things?
  • A master teacher of the Jews is not just a title but spent his whole life in memorizing, interpreting and debating the meaning of God’s holy word.
  • Nicodemus to achieve this level of status he was to be the best minds of the best minds of his day.
  • The truth here is you can know a lot about scripture and still be missing the point of it all.
  • We need to realize you can know a lot about God but not know of God.
  • You can know the facts but not know the person.
  • The Greek word for Born is gennao meaning to become the parent of.
  • Also in 1 John 5:18 the same word is used “begotten of God” is the same word gennao.
  • So when the Word by faith is joined in union with the Holy Spirit within the heart of the believing sinner we are begotten of God or God is the parent of Stan, Vicki etc.
  • This is a great miracle for the very God of heaven has just deposited himself within the heart of the believing sinner.
  • The very God of heaven DEPOSITS HIMSELF within a sinner who believes in his word is fused with the Holy Spirit.
  • Making His newly birthed creation His new child.
  • If the two do not meet you (Faith and The Spirit) do not have life.
  • If faith does not connect with the Spirit you do not have life.
  • A seed that is planted just like the baby inside the womb needs the right nourishment in order for him to grow.

III.    Knowing God Fully:

  • Jesus is telling him you cannot fully know of God until you are born from above, until you are born of the Spirit.
  • 1 Co 2:11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
  • Therefore no one can know you personally without first knowing your spirit or knowing your heart.
  • No one can fully know God without having the Spirit of God inside of you.
  • It is impossible to know God without His Spirit to teach you about Him.
  • John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  • Flesh cannot comprehend the things of God that’s why it seems as foolishness to them.
  • You have to be born of the Spirit to know the things of God, you cannot know God by any other means.
  • His Holy Spirit taught all you now know about God regarding him as a personal being.
  • In Philippians 3:8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ my lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
  • And in verse 10 that I may know him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death
  • Everything in these two verses is very personal, excellence of the knowledge of Christ my lord, I may know him, power of His resurrection, fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.
  • The more you know the more you grow like when a seed is growing, it’s showing, it sprouts, its bursting through our human soil.
  • We produce fruit for others to enjoy for others to see.
  • Our fruit is a product of the root of God.
  • Without Jesus we can do nothing!
  • The more knowledge of who God is what makes the seed grow and sprout and produce fruit.
  • Faith needs intelligence to grow just like a physical baby.
  • SO the more you know about God the more you grow.
  • How many of you are a 1,000 miles down the road from when you first believed and since the Spirit of the living God was birthed inside of you?
  • Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
  • With God’s word there is power.
  • However without faith in His word changes will never happen.
  • Our faith mixing with the Holy Spirit into our hearts brings about change, and change brings about growth.
  • 2 Peter 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.(Emphasis Mine)
  • Next we will be studying of “being partakers of the divine nature”

Note:

If this series helps you or your new converts please feel free to use and copy. This is not an exhaustive research of scriptures on the subject I just used what I felt led of the Holy Spirit to use. If this helps in any way please email me.

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Christian? D-I-V-O-R-C-E Tammy Wynette 1968 hit

The 2nd annual Country Music Awards in 1968. Tammy Wynette takes home the female vocalist trophy with the help of the hit, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” Telecast from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Isn’t it ironic that such a song should became a hit and in 1968, what is the world coming too. However, before November of 2009 I previously like the catchy tune and the southern twang of Tammy Wynette who is truly an vocal artist in the era of country music that we just do not have with todays music. After experiencing divorce with the devastation that it brings to every family member and no one is immune to the sting of it. I somewhat feel differently now than what I did then for if I had the opportunity to turn back the hands of time along with the knowledge that has been given me, my marriage to a woman given to me by God would have been a totally different ending to the story I now know. I can clearly understand the heart of God concerning the matter of D-I-O-R-C-E-.

Malachi 2:15 (NIV) Has not [the Lord] made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.

Malachi 2:16 (NIV) “I hate divorce,” says the Lord God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,” says the Lord Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.

How many Christians have let down their guard and broke their faith with the wife of their youth? I know of one who did and that was me, my wife and I were of one flesh one spirit with God, we raised children who became Christians at a very young age of 6 and 4. I admit I that I failed and broke my family, broke that bonding that only a man and wife can have. This was hard for me to admit in  the beginning and God forgives and forgets however the pain is still there to all involved. God’s healing in such matters takes time, takes counsel, takes prayer and takes the reading of God’s word, but eventually healing does come to the heart. Now I am thankful and humbled that God has continued this process in me.

Divorce no matter if you spell it or speak it still hurts the same and no one comes out the winner. Devastation, accusations, blaming, shouting, anger, bitterness, and revenge are traits not uncommon with the world that we live in. Its sad but it seems every family ancestry has at least one broken home. However, to have these extremely hurtful traits within the home of a Christian is a paradox, for “God so loved the world that he gave” in John 3:16 is the very essence of love and who God is. So, for those who believe in God, believe in His word, and believe he is the very epitome of love, for the very ones who call themselves Christians to even bring it up in a marriage let alone go through with it is an extreme paradox, unacceptable even contradictory to all we stand for and believe in. For if we cannot truly love the gift that God has given us in human form how can we love him who is spirit. Those who are contemplating D-I-V-O-R-C-E please consider all the variables before going through it and exhaust all your resources at your disposal before finalizing it. Please consider these words from a man who is now on the other side of divorce who is telling you divorce is not the answer. The hurt you will cause, will cost you and those you love more than you can imagine. No one can make up for the loss only Christ can heal and restore what you will destroy.

Intimacy With Christ,

Richard W. Wafford