The Regeneration – A Study of Matthew 19:28
As a result of their faith in Jesus Christ, ″Truly I say unto you, that you who have followed me will sit upon twelve thrones, ruling the twelve tribes of Israel″ in the regeneration, when ″the Son of man shall sit on his throne of glory″ (Matthew 19:28). There is a great deal of disagreement on the meaning of this significant text. Was it ever intended to educate anything?
The events in this narrative take place in the waning days of Jesus’ ministry – specifically, during the final six months of his life.The Lord had left Galilee and was on his journey to Jerusalem, where he would fulfill his promise to die on the cross.His preaching was ″harsh″ at times, as seen by the upcoming kingdom laws for divorce and remarriage, to name a few of examples (19:3-12).
As the apostles watched, Christ placed demands on the affluent young ruler that they couldn’t understand (vv.16-26).Peter boasted about how they had abandoned everything to follow the Master, and he was curious as to what kind of recompense would come with such a sacrifice (v.27).
In two ways, Christ responded to the situation.It was first and foremost promised to the apostles personally (v.28); afterwards, it was promised to ″everyone″ who submitted to his authority, i.e., gave up their lives for the sake of his ″name″ (vv.29-30).
Regarding the wording of Matthew 19:28, which is the subject of our discussion, three basic interpretations are offered.
The Premillennial View
The Premillennial (derived from the Greek words ″pre,″ before, and ″millennium,″ 1,000) school of thought interprets this passage as referring to an alleged return of Christ to establish an earthly kingdom over which he will reign from Jerusalem with his apostles serving as special authority agents (cf.Matthew 25:31-46).(see Scofield, p.
1026).This rule is expected to last for a literal 1,000 years, according to legend.Millennialist Louis Barbieri of the Dallas Theological Seminary writes: ″Even though the nation was then rejecting His offer of the kingdom, the kingdom would come with its extensive remaking of things spiritual (Isa.2:3; 4:2-4; 11:9b), political (Isa.
2:4; 11:1-5, 10-11; 32:16-18), geographical and physical (Isa.2:4; 11:1-5, 10-11; 32:16-18), and political ( (Isa.2:2; 4:5-6; 11:6-9; 35:1-2).In such case, Christ will sit on His splendid throne (cf.
Matthew 25:31; Revelation 22:1).″ (See p.65.) There is not a single passage in the quotation above that has anything to do with a literal reign of Christ on the planet for a century following the end of the Christian period.It is quite astonishing that a text like Isaiah 11:1ff would be thus adapted, especially when an inspired apostle applies it to the Christian era (cf.Romans 15:12).And Jesus adapts Isaiah 35:5-6 to his earthly mission (see Matthew 11:5) rather than to some earthly rule following his Second Coming, as the prophetic focus of the passage indicates.
Daniel 7:13-14 / Matthew 19:28
A further point that deserves careful examination in this context is the one that follows: According to several academics, there is a similarity between the ″Son of Man″ imagery found in the Matthew text and the imagery found in Daniel 7:13-14.(see, for example, Blomberg, p.301).
The parallelism implies that both texts are discussing the same event, which is supported by the parallelism.Because the scene depicted in Daniel’s document represents the glory associated with Christ’s approach to heaven, it cannot be interpreted as a reference to an event associated with his return.Instead, it is an allusion to the reign of Jesus that began following his ascension back into heaven, as stated in Matthew 24:36.(cf.
Acts 2:30-36).Take a look at MacKnight as well (p.334).The entire premillennial plan is devoid of scriptural substance, and as a result, Matthew 19:28 is excluded from consideration (see our essay ″Examining Premillennialism″ elsewhere on this site for more information on this point).
The Heavenly Reward Concept
The promise made by Jesus in Matthew 19:28, according to some scholars, is a promise bolstered by symbolism of the unique respect that would be showered upon the apostles in the final, heavenly order of things.The concept of a ″renovated earth″ is commonly used in conjunction with this one, which is not surprising.This point of view is represented, for example, by Lenski.
The ″regeneration,″ according to him, comes to fruition ″’when the Son of Man should sit himself on his throne of glory,’ which is to say, visibly in front of the entire world, as he will do on the great day of judgment.″ As a result, the term ″rebirth″ alludes to the rebirth of the world.″ (See also Foster, pp.1028-1029; see also Foster, p.759).I do not agree with this point of view, but I do not believe it poses a significant threat if one does not advocate for a literal renovation of the material world (as unfortunately many do), a position that is in direct conflict with the clear testimony of Matthew 24:35, 2 Peter 3, and Revelation 21:1.
The Present Messianic Era
The third hypothesis is that the ″regeneration″ in Matthew 19:28 refers to the Christian period, which began on the day of Pentecost and will continue until the end of time.The term ″regeneration″ (palingenesia, derived from the Greek words palin, which means ″again,″ and genesis, which means ″a birth″) appears only twice in the New Testament (Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).In the later verse, the phrase is used in a spiritual sense, referring to the process of conversion (which is completed at baptism), by which one is transformed into a ″new creature″ in Christ.
It is a little perplexing why it should be thought that it has a substantial meaning in Matthew’s narrative when there is not enough evidence to support that conclusion.In general, quotations from Philo and some Greek secularists are cited to support the notion that the aim of Matthew 19:28 is a regeneration of the ″cosmos.″ But why should the evidence provided by these writers be given greater weight than the evidence provided by the New Testament itself?However, it is true that the ″eschatological″ reading of the text has been included into the text as a result of certain theological assumptions.Even some lexicographers have taken on the role of commentators in this regard.
The Matthew 19:28 / Acts 3:21 Connection
- In Acts 3:21, for example, scholars commonly point out that palingenesia ″belongs to the same conceptual area″ as terms like ″new person,″ ″new creation,″ and ″restore,″ all of which are found in the Bible (Balz & Schneider, p. 8). This is an extremely significant aspect. Many scholars expressly identify Matthew 19:28 and Acts 3:21 as referring to the same time/event as the previous verses. The apostle Peter declares in Acts 3:21 that God will ″send the Christ who has been appointed for you, even Jesus: whom the heavens must receiveuntil the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke by the mouth of his prophets who have been from the beginning″ (which he refers to as ″the restoration of all things″). It is generally agreed that the ″regeneration″ of Matthew 19:28 and the ″restoration″ of Acts 3:21 are two different things that refer to the same thing in Scripture. I’ll take the liberty of reading from my commentary on Acts in relation to this passage (Jackson, p. 40). Christ was a divine ″appointment″ in the plan of God, and though the Lord has ascended to the Father’s right hand, the Father will ″send″ Jesus back to the earth (an allusion to the second coming). For the time being, however, the Lord must be kept in the heavens until ‘the times of restoration of all things,’ according to McCord. He must remain in heaven until the appropriate moment comes, according to another interpretation. (NIV). Who or what is responsible for the’restoration of all things’? According to Matthew 7:13-14, neither a universal redemption nor the restoration of national Israel ″to its proper condition″ in the earthly reign of Christ throughout the millennium are included (as asserted by Vine, 662). Rather, it is the accomplishment of God’s goal in seeking to recover fallen humanity, which is presently being carried out in the gospel era, and which will be completed when Christ returns again. Here are two critical points that may be gleaned from the context. (1) According to the chronology of the scripture, the second coming of Christ takes place after the’restoration,’ not before it. (2) (as per premillennialism). Second, the apostle directly compares and contrasts the ‘times of the restoration of all things’ (21), with ‘these days,’ which refers to what we call the Christian era (24). Notice the use of parallelism in the phraseology: The prophets talked of restoring all things (21) and The prophets spoke of these days (24)
- The parallelism is too evident to be missed. In fact, even millennialists acknowledge that the ″these days″ in verse 24 refers to ″the Messianic Age″ (Toussaint, 362). According to J.A. Alexander, concerning this ″restoration,″ ″Until this great cycle has completed its revolution, and this great remedial process has completed its design, the glorified body of the risen and ascended Christ not only may but must, as an appointed means of that accomplishment, be resident in heaven, and not on earth″ (p. 118).
The Throne of Glory
The relationship between the period of ″regeneration″ in Matthew 19:28 and the ″throne of his glory,″ which is later connected with the Lord’s return in Matthew 25:31, appears to be the primary motivation for many people to associate the period of ″regeneration″ with the Second Coming.However, as any serious Bible student is aware, words may be used in a variety of situations and in a variety of different ways.The term ″kingdom″ is used multiple times throughout Matthew’s Gospel to refer to the church (see 16:18-19), but in Matthew 25:34, ″kingdom″ refers to that regal dominion that will be ″inherited″ at the time of Christ’s second coming.
The reality of the matter is that Christ’s ascension into his ″glory″ and his ascension to his ″throne″ are used synonymously with the beginning of his reign on the Day of Pentecost (see: Luke 24:26; cf.Matthew 20:21; Mark 10:37; see also: Acts 2:30ff; Philippians 3:21; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:3; 2:7; 1 Peter 1:21).According to J.W.McGarvey, ″Christ sat down on that throne when he ascended up to heaven, and he will still be seated on it on the day of judgment…
‘The regeneration,’ then, is contemporaneous with this period, and therefore it must be that process of regenerating men which began on the day of Pentecost following the ascension…″ (See p.170 for further information.) For F.F.Bruce, ″regeneration″ began with Jesus’ death and resurrection, and it was the same as the ″church″ of Matthew 16:18.
In this ″church,″ he explains, ″the apostles would exercise the power promised in 16:19 and 18:18.″ (See p.71 for further information.)
Thrones of Authority
In Galatians 6:16, the apostles are described as sitting on ″thrones″ and judging the tribes of ″Israel.″ This would be a reference to the authority of these men, which was bequeathed by Christ and implemented by their subsequent teaching in the church (the new Israel of God) and made manifest in the sacred writings that continue to be authoritative today.This was not a reference to corporeal thrones but to spiritual thrones of prominence and authority in Christ’s kingdom, from which they should exert influence not over fleshly Israel but over the spiritual Israel, which is the church (Rom.9:6; Gal.
3:29), as Coffman pointed out.(Pages 298 and 299).However, we feel that this last thought is a highly reasonable reading of Matthew 19:28, despite the fact that it appears to have been neglected or disregarded by the majority of contemporary interpreters.
BIBLE VERSES ABOUT REGENERATION
– Sort by Book Order (optional).We were rescued by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, not by the works of righteousness that we had done, but by his compassion, as recorded in Titus 3:5.Ezekiel 36:26 – I will also give you a new heart, and I will set a new spirit within you; and I will take away the stony heart that has been in your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
There was a Pharisee called Nicodemus who was a ruler over the Jews, according to John 3:1-36: ″There was a member of the Pharisees named Nicodemus who was a ruler over the Jews.″ (Continue reading.) 3:5 – Jesus said, ″Truly, truly, I say unto thee, a man must be born of water and the Spirit, else he would not be able to enter the kingdom of God.″ 1 He who is born of God does not sin, for his seed remains in him; and he who is born of God is incapable of sinning, since he is born of God.(John 3:9) Ephesians 2:8 – For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that every man who belongs to Jesus Christ is a new creature: the old things have gone away; see, all things have become new.The word of God, which lives and abideth for ever, gives birth to a new life, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, according to 1 Peter 1:23, ″being born again.″ John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He who heareth my word, and believeth in him who sent me, has eternal life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life; and he who believes on him who sent me has passed from death to life.
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ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″>John 3:3 (KJV) When he asked Jesus for a solution, Jesus said, ″Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a person is born again, he will not see the kingdom of God.″ ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″>Colossians 2:13 is a biblical passage.Having forgiven us all of our faults and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He raised you up with Him from the grave, bringing you into union with Himself.ToolsVerse is a website on the internet ″>John 1:12-13 (New International Version) Those who welcomed Him, on the other hand, were given the right to become God’s children, including those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the will of God.
ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″1 Peter 1:3 (New International Version) Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, in His great compassion, has allowed us to be born anew to a live hope through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″>Ephesians 2:4-5 is a biblical passage.But because of God’s great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our sins, God, who is rich in compassion, raised us up with Christ and made us one with Him (by grace you have been saved), ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″The word of truth was brought forth in the exercise of His will, so that we might be a type of first fruits among His creations, according to James 1:18.ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″>1 Peter 1:23-25 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable seed, that is, of the live and lasting word of God, and this is the fruit of your new birth.Due to the fact that, ″All flesh is like grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of grass.″ The grass withers, and the bloom falls off, but ″the word of the Lord remains forever.″ And this is the message that was preached to you today.
ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″>John 3:5-8 (KJV) As a response, Jesus stated, ″Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he will not be able to enter the kingdom of God.″ When the body gives birth to anything, it is called flesh, and when the Spirit gives birth to something, it is called spirit.Do not be surprised if I tell you that you must be reborn in a new body.Continue reading for more information.Wind blows where it desires, and you hear its sound but are unable to determine where the wind is coming from or where it is going; this is true of everyone who has been born of the Spirit.″ ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″6:63 (John 6:63) The Spirit is the source of life; the flesh is worthless; the words that I have spoken to you are full of spirit and life.
ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″3:5 (Titus 3:5) The Holy Spirit washed us and renewed us, not on the basis of our actions of righteousness, but according to His kindness, through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.ToolsVerse is a website on the internet ″1 John 5:1 (New International Version) Each one of us who believes in Jesus as the Christ has been born of God, and each one of us who loves the Father also loves the child who has been born of Him.ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″’Truly, truly, I say to you: unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he will not be able to enter the kingdom of God,’ Jesus said.ToolsVerse is a website on the internet ″Acts 2:38-39 (KJV) He then instructed them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, after which they would be blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.Because the promise is for you and your children, as well as for everyone else who is far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″>Ephesians 5:25-26 is a biblical passage.
Love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, in order that He may sanctify her, having cleaned her by the washing of water with the word, and sanctify her by the washing of water with the word.ToolsVerse is a website on the internet ″>1 John 3:9 (NIV) Due to the presence of God’s seed in him, no one who is born of God engages in sin; and he is incapable of committing sin due to his birthright as a child of God.ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″1 John 5:18 (New International Version) We are aware that no one who has been born of God sins; nonetheless, He who has been born of God keeps him, and the wicked one does not get near him.
- ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″>1 Peter 2:1-2 (NASB) As a result, putting away all malice, all deceit, all hypocrisy, all jealousy, and all slander, longing for the pure milk of the word, as newborn newborns crave for their mothers’ milk, so that you may develop in your understanding of salvation, ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″One of the most important verses in the Bible is 1 John 4:7.
- ″Beloved,″ John writes, ″let us love one another, for love comes from God, and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God.″ ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″The love we have for God’s children is demonstrated by our obedience to His laws (see 1 John 5:2) and our love for God.
- ToolsVerse is a page on the internet ″1 John 5:4 (New International Version) In fact, whatever is born of God has the power to overcome the world; and the triumph that has defeated the world is the victory of our faith.
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Laver of brass » Illustrative of » Regeneration
Titus 3:5 is a biblical passage.Not on the basis of our deeds, which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 5:26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, Ephesians 5:27 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, Ephesians 5:28
Purifications or baptisms » Illustrative of » Regeneration
1 John 1:7 (New International Version) We have fellowship with one another if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, and the blood of Jesus His Son purifies us from all sin. so that He may sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, according to Ephesians 5:26
Regeneration » The teaching concerning » By the word of God
1 John 4:7 (New International Version) Let us, beloved, love one another because love comes from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and has a knowledge of God.1 John 2:29 (New International Version) If you understand that He is righteous, you will understand that everyone who does righteousness is also a child of God.1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable seed, that is, of the live and eternal word of God, not of perishable seed.
1 John 3:9 (New International Version) Due to the presence of God’s seed in him, no one who is born of God engages in sin; and he is incapable of committing sin due to his birthright as a child of God.
Regeneration » The teaching concerning » Necessary to salvation
Titus 3:5 is a biblical passage.The Holy Spirit washed us and renewed us, not on the basis of our actions of righteousness, but according to His kindness, through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.1 Peter 1:3 (New International Version) Via the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, in His great compassion, has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, James 1:18.
During the course of His will, He brought us into being by the word of truth, in order that we would be considered a sort of first fruits among His creations.
Regeneration » The teaching concerning » Essential to spiritual vision
3:3 (John 3:3) When he asked Jesus for a solution, Jesus said, ″Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a person is born again, he will not see the kingdom of God.″ 2 Corinthians 3:3 It has been made evident that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts, as it is written on the tablets of human hearts in 2 Corinthians 3:3
Regeneration » The teaching concerning » A new creation
2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version) So that anybody who believes in Christ is transformed into a new creature; the old things have gone away, and behold, new things have come.
Regeneration » The teaching concerning » Birth of a new spirit
Ezekiel 36:26 is a verse in the Bible that says Furthermore, I will give you a new heart and instill a new spirit within you; I will also take the heart of stone from your flesh and replace it with a heart of flesh.
Regeneration » The teaching concerning » Obtained by faith
1 John 5:1 (New International Version) Each one of us who believes in Jesus as the Christ has been born of God, and each one of us who loves the Father also loves the child who has been born of Him.
Regeneration » The teaching concerning » Of divine origin
The Bible says in John 1:13 that God created those who were born, not through blood or flesh or human decision, but through the will of God.
Regeneration » Instances of » Saul of tarsus
Acts 9:3-18 is a chapter in the book of Acts.″Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?″ the voice of the Lord spoke to him as he traveled toward Damascus.He dropped to the ground and heard the voice of the Lord say to him: ″Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?″ while heading toward Damascus.
Afterwards, he inquired, ″Who are You, Lord?″ He further stated, ″I am Jesus, and I am the one who you are persecuting, read more.However, once you get up and reach the city, you will be informed of what you must accomplish.″ The guys that walked with him were silent, having heard the voice but not seeing anyone in the distance.The soldiers lifted Saul from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he was unable to see anything.They then led him into Damascus by the hand.
And he was blind for three days, and he didn’t eat or drink throughout that time.In Damascus, there was a disciple by the name of Ananias, and the Lord appeared to him in a vision and said, ″Ananias.″ After this he stated: ″Here I am, Lord.″ And the Lord said to him, ″Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he may regain his sight.″ So he got up and went to the street called Straight, and inquired at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, ″Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he caused to Your believers in Jerusalem, and here he has permission from the chief priests to bind everyone who call on Your name,″ Ananias said.″Go, because he is a chosen tool of Mine, to carry My name before the Gentiles and kings, and before the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake,″ the Lord instructed him.In this way, Ananias went to his home and laid his hands on him, telling him, ″Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who came to you on the road by which you were coming has sent me in order that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.″ Then something like scales dropped from his eyes, and he received his sight again, and he rose to his feet and went to the baptismal font.
Regeneration » Instances of » King saul
1 Samuel 10:9 (NIV) Then, as he turned his back to leave Samuel, God intervened and changed his heart, resulting in all of the signs that followed.
Regeneration » Instances of » jacob
Genesis 32:29 (NASB) Then Jacob approached him and requested, ″Please tell me your name,″ to which he replied. ″However, why do you inquire as to my name?″ he inquired. And he blessed him while he was there.
Repentance encompasses both turning from sin and towards the Lord True In what
Among whom is there a point of contention about the idea of justification?Get an answer to your inquiry, as well as a whole lot more.is defined as ″the satisfaction of God’s judgment.″ Get an answer to your inquiry, as well as a whole lot more.
Justification before God is something that must be achieved through human work; it is not something that is bestowed only on the basis of God’s generosity.Get an answer to your inquiry, as well as a whole lot more.In sanctification, which of the following is NOT one of the things to consider?Get an answer to your inquiry, as well as a whole lot more.
What is the most important function of the Holy Spirit?Get an answer to your inquiry, as well as a whole lot more.Human will, rather than God’s will, is the primary factor in one’s ability to be saved.Get an answer to your inquiry, as well as a whole lot more.
As a result of Christian assurance and glorification, one of the everyday consequences is that Christians should strive to authentically live out their Christian faith and increase in their assurances of salvation.Get an answer to your inquiry, as well as a whole lot more.According to 1 John 2:19, those Christians who abandon their religion were never actually believers in the first place.Get an answer to your inquiry, as well as a whole lot more.According to the writers, which chapter of Scripture is cited in which Paul admonishes believers to live a life of purity and righteousness?Get an answer to your inquiry, as well as a whole lot more.
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Regeneration (theology) – Wikipedia
The objective work of God in a believer’s life, rather than a stage in the Ordo salutis (‘order of salvation,’ as it is often interpreted), is commonly defined in Christian theology as the objective work of God in that believer.In a spiritual sense, it signifies that God restores a person to life (that they are ″born again″) after they have been separated from God and subjected to the decay of death in their prior condition (Ephesians 2:5) The term ″baptism″ is used to refer to the event that takes place at baptism in both Lutheran and Roman Catholic theology.Baptists believe that baptism is an external symbol of an internal reality that comes after regeneration, and that it serves as a proof of obedience to the New Testament.
Methodists, on the other hand, believe that regeneration occurs during the process of birthing a child into the world.Rebirth or regeneration (Ancient Greek: v, romanized: palingenesia) appears just twice in the New Testament (Matthew 19:28 and Titus 3:5), although it is part of a broader concept of re-creation and spiritual rebirth that is addressed throughout the New Testament.Furthermore, there is the notion in which the concept of ″being born again″ is included in the process of regeneration (John 3:3-8 and 1 Peter 1:3).The term ″second birth″ refers to the process of regeneration.
When Christians place their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, they are said to be ″born of God,″ or ″conceived of him″ (1 John 5:1).Man believes that he has transformed into a new and distinct creature as a result of being a member of God’s family (2 Corinthians 5:17).
New Testament references
Matthew 19:28 refers to ″the regeneration″ as something that takes place (e.g.translations in the Geneva Bible, King James Version, and American Standard Version).While both the New International Version and the English Standard Version speak to ″the regeneration of all things,″ the New International Version refers to ″the renewal of all things.″ According to Titus 3:5, the writer of the epistle alludes to two facets of God’s kindness that have been exhibited to believers: ″the washing of regeneration (which includes baptism) and the renewal of the Holy Spirit.″
- Anglican Bishop Charles Ellicott observes the ″broad range″ of meaning in Titus 3:5, noting that ″the word.
- is applied to baptism, as the instrument of regeneration or new birth of the individual believer,″ but that ″there is to be a ‘new birth’ for mankind as well as for the individual believer″ in the passage.
- However, as evidenced by the following theological schools of thought, most of the historical theological interpretation of ″regeneration″ has concentrated on individual renewal:
Baptism, according to Lutheran and Roman Catholic theology, ″confers purification from sin, the infusion of regenerating grace, and connection with Christ.″ The official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church declares unequivocally that regeneration begins at baptism.
During the period of the Great Awakening, an increasing emphasis was put on regeneration as the beginning point of an individual’s new life in Christ, which was a significant shift in Protestant theology.
Pelagius thought that humans were born clean, with God’s spirit already at work in them, and that the necessity for spiritual regeneration from a prior sinful condition was therefore superfluous and unnecessary. Historically, modernist theology has seen regeneration as more of an educational process than a spiritual rejuvenation. This has been the case since Pelagius.
Calvinism and Reformed theology
- The notion of total depravity, which is taught by Reformed theology, asserts that regeneration comes before faith.
- An unbeliever is dead before he or she receives regeneration, and until the sinner receives regeneration and a new nature, the sinner will be unable to believe.
- ″All who are clothed with the righteousness of Christ are also regenerated by the Spirit, and that we have an earnest of this regeneration in baptism,″ as John Calvin put it.
- ″All who are clothed with the righteousness of Christ are also regenerated by the Spirit,″ John Calvin said.
- A additional description of regeneration is that it is the ″hidden action of the Holy Spirit.″
- Preventive grace, according to Arminian theology, is the first step done by God in the process of salvation.
- Arminians, in contrast to Calvinists, believe that God’s grace is impenetrable to human resistance.
- ″When our wills are liberated, we have the choice to either accept God’s rescuing grace in faith or reject it, which will lead to our own destruction.″ Rather than grace distinguishing one from another, it is the emancipated reaction to exercise faith in order to embrace the grace that distinguishes one from the other.
- Traditional Arminians believe that a person’s regeneration is only due to that person’s response to grace via faith; while, if a person is rejected, such rejection is solely due to that person’s decision to reject the gospel.
- Grace is absorbed or rejected prior to regeneration; those who do not reject it are brought into the light by grace in collaboration with their liberated will, which works in synergy with the grace that is appropriated.
- God regenerates a believer’s spiritual life when he or she has made a true commitment to follow Christ under the power of prevenient grace, according to Scripture.
For example, in contrast to Calvinism, which teaches that regeneration is the result of God’s decree, Arminianism believes that a sinner must repent and place their confidence in Christ as a prerequisite to regeneration, and that, in this way, regeneration is accomplished via faith rather than decree.Accordant to Methodist doctrine, the New Birth is comprised of two parts that take place simultaneously: justification and regeneration.Despite the fact that these two phases of the new birth take place at the same time, they are in fact two different and distinct acts.
Justification is the merciful and judicial act of God by which a soul is granted complete and total absolution from all guilt and complete and total relief from the punishment of sin (Romans 3:23-25).It is only through trust in the merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ that this act of divine mercy may be accomplished (Romans 5:1).Regeneration is the impartation of divine life, which is manifested in the radical change in the moral character of man, from the love and life of sin to the love and life of righteousness.Regeneration is the impartation of divine life, which is manifested in the radical change in the moral character of man from the love and life of sin to the love and life of righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 1:23).
Emmanuel Association of Churches’ Fundamental Principles of Faith
- As taught by the Central Yearly Meeting of Friends, which is a Holiness Quaker denomination, regeneration is essential for salvation ″This includes the divine work of initial salvation (Titus 3:5), also known as conversion, as well as the accompanying works of justification (Rom.
- 5:18) and adoption (John 1:12).
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- ″Regeneration, which happens in the New Birth, is characterized by a ″transformation in the heart of the believer, in which he discovers himself to be a new creature in Christ″ (II Cor.
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- Altar call
- Augustine of Hippo
- Resurrection of Christ
- Christian conversion
- Decision theology
- Free will in theology
- Conversion to Christianity
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- The concepts of monergism and synergism
- the Sinner’s Prayer
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- Ephesians 2:5
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- George Whitefield’s ″Regeneration″ was published by the Emmanuel Association in Logansport in 2002. Pages 7-8.
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- Grudem 1994, p. 699. www.biblebb.com
- ″Regeneration″ is a section of the website. Real Bible Believers are hard to find. 3rd of April, 2020 ″Matthew 19:28″ was retrieved on May 8, 2021. During the time of the rebirth of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His majestic throne, Jesus replied to them, ″Truly I tell you, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, ruling the twelve tribes of Israel.″ a b c d e f g h I j k l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l S.E.A. stands for the Society of Evangelical Arminians. In Demarest 1997, page 288
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- Demarest, Bruce (1997), The Cross and Salvation, Wheaton: Crossway Books, ISBN 0891079378
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- ″Regeneration″ . Encyclopedia Americana. 1920.
Through the Washing of Regeneration
- As a reminder, remind them to be respectful of rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be prepared for every good job, 2 to talk ill of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be kind, and to show perfect civility to all people.
- 3 For we, too, were once stupid, disobedient, and led astray, slaves to many passions and pleasures, spent our days in hatred and envy, despised by others and despised by ourselves.
- But when God our Savior appeared in goodness and loving kindness, 5 he saved us, not because of our works of righteousness, but because of his own mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he lavished on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that we might be declared righteous in his sight and inherit eternal life as his heirs.
- 8 I want you to insist on these points because the saying is reliable, and I want people who have placed their faith in God to be cautious to devote their lives to good acts as a result.
- These items are both good and profitable for the individuals who purchase them.
- In verse 5, take note of the term regeneration: ″He rescued us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but due to his own kindness, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.″ Regeneration is another way of referring to a fresh birth, a second birth, or being born for the first time.
So that’s where we’ll be concentrating our efforts today.The beginning of a new life.Alternatively, regeneration.
There has been some discussion regarding what the new birth would entail.The reason for this has also been discussed previously.And in the last message of this series, we discussed the process through which it occurs.Today, we will continue to explore the subject of how God brings about the new birth.
But first and foremost, there are some really crucial new signals here about what it is and why we need it, and these signals are incredibly essential.Take a look at one of each.
New Signals About the New Birth
- Consider a signal that is out of the ordinary about the nature of the new birth.
- Aside from Matthew 19:28, the term ″regeneration″ in verse 5 (″saved us…
- by the washing of regeneration″) appears just once else in the whole Bible, and that is in Romans 6:3.
- During the New World (a very loose translation of ″in the regeneration″), when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, Jesus says to the twelve apostles: ″Truly, I say to you, in the new world (a very loose translation of ″in the regeneration″), you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging each of the twelve tribes of Israel.″ This is an allusion to the creation’s rebirth in the afterlife.
- ″In the new heavens and the new earth,″ as Isaiah described them in Isaiah 65:17 and 66:22, is equivalent to stating ″in the new heavens and the new earth.″
1) The Regeneration of All Creation
- Not only do humans believe in the new birth, but Jesus believes that it will occur for all of creation, not only for human beings.
- Humans are not the only beings who have been fallen, filthy, and disordered; there are many other creatures as well.
- It applies to the entirety of creation.
- What is the reason behind this?
- When human beings sinned at the beginning of time, God created the whole universe as a visual demonstration of the horrors that resulted as a result of sin.
- Disease, degeneration, and natural calamities are all part of the visual, auditory, and touchable pictures of the moral outrage that sin entered the world and continues to pervade the world that sin has brought about.
Romans 8:20-23 is the most important scripture in the Bible that addresses this issue.The significance of this passage in relation to this sermon is that it supports and clarifies what Jesus stated about the creation experiencing a ″new birth″—a ″regeneration.″ Because of the one who subjected it to futility, the creation was submitted to futility, not voluntarily, but as a result of the one who subjected it, with the hope that the creation itself may be set free from its bondage to corruption and achieve the freedom of the glory of the children of God.For we are aware that the entire creation has been moaning in unison through the agonies of childbirth up to this point.
Moreover, not only the creation but also we, who are the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we anticipate with bated breath our adoption as sons and the redemption of our physical bodies.So, if we put everything together, the image appears to be something like this: God’s aim is for the entire creation to be reborn.That is, the entire cosmos will be replaced with a new order, which will include a new heaven and a new earth, which will be free of futility, corruption, sickness, degeneration, and calamities.This will be the vast, worldwide re-birthing of the universe.
The vast, worldwide rebirth has taken place.This term is used by Paul in Titus 3:5 to emphasize the fact that our new birth is a part of this new creation.The newness we have today as a result of our regeneration is a foretaste of the greater newness we shall have when our bodies are made new as a result of the cosmos being made new, which will take place after our resurrection.″We…who have the firstfruits of the Spiritgroan inwardly as we wait anxiously for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies,″ Paul said in Romans 8:23.
As a result, when you think about your new birth, consider it to be the first episode in a much larger story.Your body, as well as the entire globe, will take part in this regeneration at some point.Not spiritually rejuvenated souls occupying decrepit bodies in a disease- and disaster-ravaged world are God’s ultimate goal, but rather spiritually renewed souls inhabiting decrepit bodies in a disease- and disaster-ravaged world.
His goal is a reborn world with renewed bodies and renewed souls that take all of our newly regenerated senses and turn them into instruments for appreciating and glorifying the Creator.When you read the term regeneration in Titus 3:5, make sure you hear it loud and clear.Not because of our good deeds in righteousness, but because of his kindness toward us, he saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.He means heirs of everything included in that eternal life when he says in verse 7 that the goal of the new birth is ″that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life,″ which includes new heavens and earth, a new body, new perfected relationships, new sinless sight of all that is good and glorious, and new capacities for a kind of pleasure in God that will surpass all your dreams.
What the new birth is is revealed in an unexpected way by this signal: it is the first installment of the final, global regeneration of the cosmos, which is currently underway.
2) Why We Need This Regeneration
- Then we have a crystal-clear indication of why we require this renewal.
- That statement may be found in verse 3: ″We ourselves were once stupid, disobedient, led astray, slaves to diverse passiona e pleasurea, spent our days in bitterness and jealousy, despised by others and detested one another.″ The term ″material creation″ does not describe the material creation in any way.
- That’s a really accurate representation of the human cardiovascular system.
- All of these are examples of moral evil, rather than physical evil.
- You’re being foolish and disobedient.
- We’ve been led astray.
Slaves to immoral pleasures, as the saying goes.Envy and malice are two of the most common emotions.Those who despise and despise.
We’re all in there someplace, I’m sure of it.Because God would not accept such hearts into his new creation, we must be regenerated as soon as possible.According to Jesus, until we are born again, we will not be able to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3).In order to avoid this, we all need to be reborn.
The Meaning of Grace: But God…
- Afterwards, in verse 4, we get one of the most lovely statements in the entire Bible, which reads, ″But…
- God.″ The things that we did were stupid, disobedient, leading us astray, making us slaves to wicked pleasures; we were spiteful, jealous, and despised and despised.
- ″However, when the benevolence and loving kindness of God shown themselves, we were saved.″ That same remarkable sequence that we saw in Ephesians 2:3-5 is repeated again.
- ″ They were children of wrath by nature, just like the rest of mankind, and carried out the desires of their bodies and minds.″ Because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, God, being rich in compassion, raised us up with Christ, and it is through this grace that you have been saved.″ We were dead, but God brought us back to life.
This is the true meaning of the word grace.The dead are powerless to bring themselves back to life.God, on the other hand…
What we have here in Titus 3:3-5 is a good example of this.It was as if we were enslaved by cravings and pleasures that were so strong that we were unable to taste and know that the Lord was kind.As far as our ability to know, trust, and love God was concerned, we were a complete and utter failure.But…
there’s God.4:4-5 ″But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but due to his own mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
How Does the New Birth Happen?
- So let us shift our attention to today’s question: How does God accomplish such a feat?
- What causes the new birth to take place?
- In the same way that Jesus described regeneration in John 3, Paul defines regeneration as a process of cleaning and regenerating.
- The apostle Paul writes at the end of Titus 3:5 that God redeemed us ″by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.″ Regeneration may be thought of as a form of washing.
- And regeneration is a type of renewal in and of itself.
- ″Unless one is born of water and the Spirit,″ Jesus remarked in John 3:5, ″he will not be able to enter the kingdom of God.″ As a result, according to John 3, you were born of water and the Spirit.
Titus 3 also has a washing of regeneration and rebirth in the Holy Spirit, which is a great blessing.For my argument in John 3, I argued that the terminology of water and Spirit comes from Ezekiel 36:25-27, where God promises his people that he will sprinkle pure water on them and they will be cleansed from all their uncleannesses, as well as from all their idols.As a result, I will give you a new heart, and I will instill a new spirit inside you….
And I will place my Spirit inside you, causing you to walk in accordance with my commands.Jesus was implying that the moment has come for the fulfillment of the promises of the new covenant.The fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy is being brought about via the Spirit’s connection with me.The Spirit is the source of life (John 6:63).
And I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one else can be (John 14:6).And when the Holy Spirit unites you to me through faith, you are given the gift of a new birth.There are at least two ways to look at it: as a purification from everything that has gone before and as a rejuvenation for all that is to come.
Both Clean and New
- Consequently, when Paul writes in verse 5 that God ″saved us…
- by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,″ he is referring to a process that is approximately the same as the one described above: The time has come for the promises of the new covenant to be fulfilled.
- There has come a point in time when God’s reign officially begins.
- The ultimate global ″regeneration″ has begun, and it will last for all time.
- Moreover, your new birth represents a complete cleaning from all of the sin that you have ever done, as well as the development of a new nature by the Holy Spirit.
- After giving birth to a new child, you remain the same person.
However, there are two modifications: You are fresh and clean, and you are brand new.That is what it means to be reborn, to be regenerated, to be born again.What was the mechanism through which God accomplished this?
What Paul is trying to underline here is that it is due to the way God is, not to what we have done—even if it has been done in righteousness—that we have been blessed.Throughout verses 4 and 5, God describes himself in three different ways, each of which contrasts with anything we may attempt on our own to be born again.When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior arrived, he rescued us, not because of the deeds we had done in righteousness, but because of his own compassion, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.″He saved us,″ says the author in verse 5 of this chapter, and this is the central theme of the book.
However, regeneration is the method through which he does this.Both are traced back to God’s ″goodness,″ his ″loving kindness″ (verse 4), and his ″mercy,″ as Paul explains in the book of Romans (verse 5).This is Paul’s definitive response to the question of how God regenerates sinners.God is a good God.God is a loving being.
God is a gracious and forgiving God.
1) By the Kindness of God
- You have been saved because God has been kind to you.
- If you have been resurrected from spiritual dead and have been given eyes to see, ears to hear, a spiritual sense to taste that Jesus is profoundly gratifying, and a heart to trust him, it is because God has been gracious to you.
- The first word in verse 4 (chrestotes) is an important word in the passage because it signifies compassion or goodwill.
- It is used by Paul in Ephesians 2:7: ″so that in the coming ages he would demonstrate the immense riches of his generosity in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus,″ Paul writes.
- God delights in showering us with kindness.
- The more you expand your notion of God, the more wonderful this appears to be.
God is the one who created the entire universe.He is the one who brings the galaxies into being.He has complete control over everything that occurs in the world, even the fall of a bird and the change in the color of your hair.
He is immensely powerful, smart, and just, and he is also holy and righteous.And, according to Paul, he is nice.And it was because of this generosity that we were reborn.Allow your own presence as a Christian to serve as a constant reminder to you that God is kind to you at all times.
2) By the Philanthropy of God
- The second way Paul portrays God’s character is translated as ″loving kindness″ in the English Standard Version.
- The word is philanthropia, and it is from this word that we derive the term philanthropy.
- The desire to serve mankind.
- This is not a commonly used expression to describe God’s love.
- In reality, it is only seen in this context in the New Testament.
- God’s heart, according to Paul, is inclined to do what is beneficial for humans.
He is a philanthropist in the truest meaning of the word.As a result, Paul is stating that if you have been born again, it is because God has chosen to bless humanity.Then he says something that is vitally necessary and Christ-exalting in nature.
This benevolence and this humanity-blessing propensity ″came,″ as he states in verse 4.God’s love and loving kindness were shown to us via the appearance of our Savior, who rescued us ″by the washing of regeneration.″ What exactly does this mean?God’s goodness and love manifested themselves.It follows that if they just remain in God’s essence and do not descend and take on human form among us, they will be able to save no one.
Jesus: The Appearing of God’s Kindness and Philanthropy
- What was their appearance like?
- What caused God’s benevolence and love to manifest themselves?
- This may be determined by observing that God is referred to as ″our Savior″ in verse 4 (″the goodness of God our Savior came″).
- Then in verse 6, Jesus is referred to as ″our Savior,″ as follows: ″Whomhe lavished on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.″ To put it another way, God ″our Savior″ manifested himself in the person of Christ ″our Savior″ Jesus is the manifestation of God’s kindness and love in the world.
- Therefore, the historical action of Christ is responsible for our regeneration.
- This is something we have seen time and time again.
New birth is not some ethereal spiritual transformation that is divorced from the past.Because we are linked to Jesus via faith, it is an objective historical act of God’s Spirit that connects us to the historical, incarnate—the appearing—Lord Jesus, resulting in his life as the crucified and resurrected Savior becoming our life as a result of our union with him.Because Jesus came into the world as the compassion and love of God, and because he died for our sins and rose again, we can experience a new birth.
3) By the Mercy of God, Not Our Deeds
- Our conclusion is reached by expressing the third component of God’s nature that explains our new birth and by saying the polar opposite, which would be to explain it via our own actions.
- He saved us not because of our good deeds, but because of his own kindness, which washed us clean through regeneration, as it says in verse 5.
- If you have been reborn, you owe your salvation to the kindness of God.
- God is a gracious and forgiving God.
- We didn’t deserve to be reborn in the first place.
In addition to being harsh and resistive, we were also spiritually dead.God would have been quite content to simply pass us by.God, on the other hand, being abundantly kind…
even while we were dead in our sins, raised us up with Christ″ (Ephesians 2:4-5).Mercy is responsible for our new life—our fresh birth.
Not Our Best Works and Best Motives
- God is a gracious and merciful God.
- God’s attitude toward humans is one of love.
- God is a gracious and forgiving God.
- That is the manner in which we were reborn.
- God was the one who accomplished it.
- If Paul had wanted to, he could have left it like that.
Only good remarks have been made.He, on the other hand, did not.In verse 5, he stated, ″He rescued us, not because of the acts of righteousness that we performed.″ He is aware of our inclinations.
Our tendency is to believe that if wonderful things happen to us, it must be because we did something nice in the past.Paul is aware of our existence.He also issues a warning.Never conceive of salvation through the new birth in this sense when it comes to God’s grace.
Take note of what Jesus does not say: This redemption was not a result of actions performed in the spirit of legalism.He claims that this salvation—this new birth—is not the result of good deeds performed in righteousness.Excluded from consideration are not just your worst works and reasons, but also your finest efforts and most noble motives.They didn’t force you to regenerate, and they don’t force you to remain regenerative either.They are harmed by remaining regenerate.
- In part, it is for this reason that I do not believe the phrase ″washing of regeneration″ in verse 5 corresponds to the act of baptism.
- No matter if we are talking about circumcision in the old covenant or baptism in the new covenant, it is not our good deeds that lead us to be regenerated.
- God’s generosity is unfathomable.
- God’s unconditional love.
- This is explained by God’s entirely gratuitous kindness, which is the source of our new birth.
- This is not circumcision.
This is not a baptism.We haven’t done any good deeds in the name of righteousness.New life enters into the world and brings with it good acts, not the other way around.
Gladly Submit to God’s Mercy
May God open your eyes to understand that nothing could make you more humble and nothing could make you happier than the realization that you have been reborn, not as a result of anything you did, but as a result of God’s kindness. Accept it and be thankful for it.