“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” Titus 3:5
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: It is in what Jesus did in His redemptive sacrifice that made regeneration possible.
One of the vital words used in the scripture in relation with salvation is the word regeneration. In other words, the word “regeneration” is a salvation related term and an understanding of this term is very essential where salvation is concerned. It is important to note that this term (“regeneration”) was used only twice in the New Testament books of the bible; it was used once in the synoptic account (that is, the four gospels) and once in the epistles; these two occurrences or texts read: “And said unto them, verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration when the son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones; judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28).
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and receiving of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5). The question that readily comes to mind is what is regeneration? The word “regeneration” was translated from the Greek word “palingenesia”. The word “palingenesia” is a combination of the words;
• “Genesia” which means to start.
• “Palin” which means again or anew.
Thus, by bringing these two words together, the word “palingenesia” means to start again; to begin; a new beginning; a birth. In other words, the word regeneration speaks of the new birth and in using that word; it means that the man who is born again is just beginning. It is important to note that regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit upon being saved. Recall, “regeneration” was used once in the epistles (Titus 3:5) which is where we took our opening text for this subject of study. Let’s observe Titus 3:5 again, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and receiving of the Holy Ghost”. Having known what regeneration means, it can be deduced that our opening text (Titus 3:5) speaks of an act of salvation and not washing of water. It is at the point of salvation that a man is born anew; in other words, regeneration is found in salvation. At the point of salvation, the born again man was regenerated, that is, just began (a new beginning). Therefore, the born again man indwelt by God’s spirit is regenerated and thus, has the nature and life of God in him. You have been regenerated! Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your realities in Christ.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your spirit that dwells in me. Thank you Lord for that regeneration which took place in my spirit has now dwelt in my spirit thus making my spirit one with your spirit. I therefore walk in the consciousness of this nature I have in you, in Jesus Name. Amen!!
QUOTE: In salvation is the regeneration of the new creation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: TITUS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1