Are you being renewed, are you in the recovery room, or have you flatlined?

Having been born again, not of perishable seed but imperishable, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because: “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of Lord endures forever.” 1 Peter 1: 23-25 NKJV.

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The Regenerating Power of God’s Word.

The Apostle Peter, the former denier of Christ speaks to us from his experience in the new birth and points out the intent and source of the new birth (John 1:13). Peter’s intent is direct and unmistakable, without the Word of God and the Holy Spirits activation there is no salvation.

Just as we owe our natural existence to the Creator’s spoken word and life giving breath, so we owe our New Birth to the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s activation of its power. God’s intent for our created being is only completely fulfilled when our personal spirit is alive toward Him.

As sin has produced spiritual death in people (Eph. 2:1-3), so salvation in Jesus Christ has provided spiritual life. Our text tells us that the “seed” that has produced new life in us is the Word of God, which has begotten us again by the Holy Spirit’s power (Titus 3:5) and made us members of God’s new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).

The power of God’s Word –the Holy Scriptures –is in no way more manifest than in this: its power to bring spiritual life to all who open to its truth. James 1:18 tells us that God’s “word of truth” is the means by which He brought us new life, emphasizing that He has done this as a direction of His own will.

God’s will to save us (2 Peter 3:9) has been effectively expressed in His Word, which accomplishes that work (John 1:13). J

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 22:02:47

    This is a very good description of regeneration, Manny. As to the question of your post, I’ve been in all three places. No question that the first is the best place to be.

    God’s blessings…

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