Article 7 – Grace in Regeneration
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again (1); that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind (2); that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth (3), so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel (4); and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life (5).
John 3:3 is undoubtedly the strongest support for the pertinence of regeneration in the life of the true believer. Jesus’ response to Nicodemus enforces the undeniable necessity of regeneration as qualification for “see[ing] the Kingdom”. Jesus’ verbiage is not identical to our modern adaptation, but the implications of being “born again” equivocally representing the transformation of His followers is uncontested and hermeneutically sealed. You must be born again! True followers of Christ do not remain, they are regenerated. This regeneration is promised in Ezekiel 36:26, which is also conveniently cited in the article, and moreover represents that the regenerating work of God is a principle held and executed throughout the whole Scriptures.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Further, it details the root of regenerate salvation: first, one can see that regeneration is the gift of a new heart and spirit; second, there is a removal of the heart of stone; and thirdly, this gift is placed within us (certainly for our convenience), which may be the best position for our utilization. The emphasis must be placed on expulsion of the old and introduction to the new; one is released from us, and the other is released to us and in us. 2 Corinthians 5:17 gives a fitting précis in Pauline language, a better acquaintance to modern Christian thought, while reinforcing that regeneration and being “in Christ” are inseparable conditions.
Support for this article would have been stronger if the article had also cited Acts 1:8, whereby the mechanical use of the Holy Spirit is shown to be “power”. What would this power be used for if not for the power to work out one’s salvation, and can this not only happen by the outpouring of inward regeneration? My view on regenerate grace can be further explored in pasts posts:
Grace: Toleration vs. Triumph (Part 1) – http://tterzek.tumblr.com/post/17622937764/grace-toleration-vs-triumph-part-1
Grace: Practically Purposed (Part 2) – http://tterzek.tumblr.com/post/17902753980/grace-practically-purposed-part-2
Biblical Citation of the NHC:
- John 3:3, 6-7; 1 Cor. 1:14; Rev. 8:7-9; 21:27
- 2 Cor. 5:17; Ezek. 36:26; Deut. 30:6; Rom. 2:28-29; 5:5; 1 John 4:7
- John 3:8; 1:13; James 1:16-18; 1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 2:13
- 1 Pet. 1:22-25; 1 John 5:1; Eph. 4:20-24; Col. 3:9-11
- Eph. 5:9; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 3:14-21; Matt. 3:8-10; 7:20; 1 John 5:4, 18