This Bible study uses verses and footnotes from the New Testament Recovery Version. You can find more study topics here.
The word regeneration means “new birth.” Thus, to be regenerated is to be born again, to experience a new birth.
But what is this new birth? Is it merely a religious conversion? Is it to have a change in life through self-improvement, or to experience a new beginning by “turning over a new leaf”?
The New Testament has much to say about the new birth. It shows us clearly what it means to be regenerated, how we can be regenerated, and the result of being regenerated.
The Meaning of Regeneration:
- To be born again is not self-improvement; it is to be born of God with a new life, the life of God: John 1:12–13 and note 132; John 3:1–6 and notes 21, 31, and 62.
- To be born again is to be born of both water and the Spirit of God: John 3:5 and note 52.
- Regeneration is the greatest wonder, the greatest miracle, in the universe: 1 John 2:29 and note 297.
How We Can Be Regenerated:
- We are regenerated by the living and abiding word of God as the incorruptible seed of life: 1 Peter 1:23 and note 232.
- We are regenerated also through the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:3 and note 37.
- To be regenerated, born again, we must receive Christ by believing into His name: John 1:12 and note 121; John 3:16 and note 162; 1 John 5:1 and note 11.
The Result of Regeneration:
- In the new birth our human spirit is born of the divine Spirit, and the two spirits become one mingled spirit: John 3:6 and note 62; Romans 8:16 and note 162; 1 Corinthians 6:17 and notes 171 and 172.
- Through the new birth we become children of God: John 1:12 and note 122; 1 John 3:1 and notes 13 and 14.
- By being born again we become a new creation: 2 Corinthians 5:17 and note 172.
- Through regeneration we also enter into the kingdom of God: John 3:3, 5 and notes 32 and 33.
- Regeneration causes us to live a life of divine righteousness and divine love, and enables us to overcome the world, sin, and Satan (the Devil): 1 John 2:29 and note 296; 1 John 3:9 and notes 92 through 94; 1 John 4:7 and notes 73 and 74; 1 John 5:4 and notes 43 through 45; 1 John 5:18–19 and notes 181, 182, and 191.
- Regeneration brings to us a living hope (the hope of life) and a glorious inheritance: 1 Peter 1:3–4 and notes 36 and 41 through 43.
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