4 regeneration


Regeneration is a theological expression denoting the spiritual change which passes on all men in becoming Christians. Conversion is to pass from a state of nature to a state of regeneration; from a state in which he obeys the mere impulses of the natural life to a state in which a new and higher divine life has been awakened in him. Many Christians have spoken of the rapture of this experience, of its thoroughness, its suddenness, its immediateness.

Regeneration suggests a spiritual renewal in which the old things have passed away and all things have become new. We have passed from death to life and if it is genuine should effect a profound change in one's life. Faith and repentance is involved and the desire to move on to a sanctified life.

Because we continue to sin, simply from our human nature, we need to be in a constant state of regeneration. Sin is not just in the obvious, as in lying and immorality but includes the more subtle acts of walking in pride and arrogance, judging our brothers and sisters, back-biting, and even bitterness in our thoughts for each other that do not spring from love. The more that we are aware of these things, the more that we can turn from them and receive forgiveness but if we do not, they fester and sin piles upon sin until we are used to having it that way and we become unfit for the kingdom.

Bit by bit, I am coming into the realm of acceptance for all the others that are off on their own little kingdoms doing their own thing for the Lord. But you know, I am a sinner, I have nothing over them. You may think that I should be calling myself a saint and maybe I am and maybe I am not but I do know that I am a sinner. It is not so hard for me to figure out either, I ask for forgiveness, I would not need to do that if I did not sin. But sin is ever present within me and I keep on making the same mistakes over and over again. Regeneration is a step to revival.

The Lord has given Christians the grace to reconcile the children to their Fathers

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