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Regeneration by the Holy Spirit

Once we are baptized into our faith in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit our human spirit will be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. The following verse gives us this specific revelation from the Lord.

“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 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, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)

First this verse tells us that we are saved by the grace of God, “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy”. God is saving us “through” the “the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit”.

Second this verse tells us the Holy Spirit is doing the regeneration work Himself, the words “regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit”.

Here are some definitions for the word regeneration from several bible dictionaries.

  • Spiritually reborn
  • Spiritual rebirth producing a new beginning
  • A spiritual rebirth, being renewed, reformed or reconstituted
  • Renewed or restored after a decline to a low condition
  • New birth, the begetting of new life
  • Renewal of moral and spiritual nature

Once we were dead in our sins but now we are alive through Christ in the regeneration of our spirit by the grace of God. Therefore we are born again in the spirit by the work of the Holy Spirit restoring a right relationship between us and God. The following verse tells us Jesus’ explanation of being born again.

“Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 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.” (John 3:3-5)

Jesus is saying that one must be born again in the spirit by the Holy Spirit’s work or he cannot see the Kingdom of God. Without the work of the Holy Spirit after our acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior we would not be able to enter the Kingdom of God.

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Durant Bible College

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