FIRST WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF PERSON SALVATION?
- John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
- John:3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
- John:3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
- John:3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
J.I. Packer: " Regeneration or new birth, is an inner re-creating of fallen human nature by the gracious sovereign action of the Holy Spirit" (John 3:5-8)
The Bible conceives salvation as the redemptive renewal of man on the basis of a restored relationship with God in Christ and presents it as involving "a radical and complete transformation wrought in the soul (Eph 4:23: "And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;") by God the Holy Spirit ( Tit 3:5 "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost") by virtue of which we become new men ( Eph 4:24 "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.")
No longer conformed to this world (Roms12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God) but in knowledge and holiness of the truth created after the image of God" ( Col 3:10 "And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:")
REGENERATION IS THE birth by which this work of new creation begun.
SANCTIFICATION IS THE growth whereby it continues IPeter 2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby."
Paul specifies the Christological dimensions of regeneration by presenting it as a life-giving co-resurrection with Christ, a work of new creation. Eph 2:5, and 2:10)