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Discover the Book - Jan. 1, 2010

  • 2010 Jan 01
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Salvation: Regeneration

 

Regeneration is a word that is much wider than the Bible or theology; it is a part of the everyday world around us. 

re·gen·er·a·tion

 

1.    The act or process of regenerating or the state of being regenerated.

2.    Biology. Re-growth of lost or destroyed parts or organs.

3.    Theology. Spiritual or moral revival or rebirth. 

God must love regeneration because we see it throughout His creation.  

 

REGENERATION IS OUR GREATEST NEED 

 

The greatest example of regeneration is when God makes us His very own home; when God makes a human His habitation in the greatest miracle of all—salvation. 

God's regenerating us literally means we live again; we have new life, a fresh start, renewal, a new beginning

God has made provision for us to be born again, regenerated through the new birth—in order to give us His life living within. 

But why would we, the greatest and highest and most wonderful of all earth's creatures, why would we need regeneration? Because a disaster each of us partakes of has rendered us uninhabitable by God. 

WE ARE UNINHABITABLE

 

You and I ARE BY NATURE UNINHABITABLE TO God. We were born with a heart that was emitting a deadly radiant far worst than the gamma rays of that exploded reactor; we were producers of the element most hated by God in the Universe, which is called sin. The presence of sin within each of us made us completely uninhabitable to God. He could never live within us because He is holy and we are sinful

Regeneration is when God comes down to the site of the worst disaster in the Universe—us sinners—and completely removes the deadly elements at the core of our being.  

Biblically speaking we receive a new heart in regeneration. The first complete explanation of this process is in Ezekiel 36:26-27 when God says that He will give us who come to Him through Christ a "new heart". The Scripture goes on to say that He takes away the bad heart we had and replaces it with a brand new one that He made that is just right for the Lord Himself to come and live within. 

One of the greatest elements of our salvation is regeneration—when we entered God's family, received a new heart, and became God's habitation. We came alive, beginning to live the everlasting life that forever separates us from the lost, which remain in forever death. 

Regeneration is most important because it marks the dividing line between saved and lost, eternal life and eternal death, eternal son-ship to God and eternal alienation from God. 

That is the miracle of regeneration. 

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