What Is Regeneration Anyways?

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What Is Regeneration Anyways?

Natural birth comes by way of our human parents. However regeneration is a supernatural birth resulting in children who are born of God (John 1:13). This new birth is of eternal importance, as Jesus told Nicodemus without uncertainty: if you want to enter the Kingdom of God, “You must be born again” (John 3:7).

Consider this question: Can you know for certain you’ve been born of God? Yes! First John was written “that you may know you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). Consider 6 characteristics (excerpted from the writings of 19th century preacher J.C. Ryle) which are a reflection of the new life of those born of God:

  1. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ. (1 John 5:1)
  2. Everyone who no longer makes a practice of sinning. (1 John 3:9)
  3. Everyone who instead practices righteous living. (1 John 2:29)
  4. Everyone who loves fellow Christians. (1 John 3:14)
  5. Everyone who exercises faith to overcome love of the world (1 John 5:4)
  6. Everyone who is careful to keep a pure heart, avoiding things leading to sin (1 John 5:18)

Some of these characteristics are more visible than others in each individual, but those who are born of God demonstrate growing evidence of each. Through regeneration, radical change happens; you become a new creation with the ability to exhibit these 6 characteristics. Sin no longer has dominion over you (Romans 6), instead you have the Holy Spirit within you and a new desire to live life by faith in Christ (Galatians 2:20).

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