Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Regeneration produces spiritual life

            Every person has a living body, soul and at regeneration is given a new nature. Paul reminded the Ephesians, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph 2:1). Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and... have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

            People need spiritual rebirth because they are spiritually dead. Adam was created a living soul (Gen. 2:7). He was alive both physically and spiritually. God warned against eating the forbidden fruit and said, “In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen 2:17). Although Adam ate the fruit and lived physically 930 years (Gen 5:5), he died spiritually the day he ate the fruit. As a result, everyone is born into the world spiritually dead (Eph 2:1). But when people receive Jesus Christ they receive spiritual life; this is eternal life (John 5:24).

            In regeneration, believers not only receive the presence of Christ, but of the entire Trinity. Christ promised that the Father would also indwell believers (John 14:23). THE Holy Spirit indwells Christians as well and His presence is the guarantee of new life (Roman.8:11). Hence, when people are regenerated, they receive the life of God because they are indwelt with the presence of God. The very life of God lives in the soul of believers.

            When Jesus told His disciples, “I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5), He was illustrating the unique relationship into which every believer enters at the moment of conversion. The believers becomes one with Christ. Paul often wrote of being “in Christ” and “Christ in you.” This paragraph taken from “Your Ministry of Evangelism…..a Guide for Church Volunteers by Elmer L. Town, TH. M, D.D. 

This article was taken from Elmer Town's book and each church volunteer should have a copy. Thanks for taking the time to read id. Evangelist Dr. Annie Eskridge, DMin areskridge6840@ATT.NET

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