YOU HAVE BEEN REGENERATED (3)

“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: The conditions that affected a dead man’s nature were changed at salvation.


It’s been established in the course of our studies on this subject that when the word regeneration is mentioned, what is being implied is a birth (a new birth); a new beginning; to start again. From our studies so far, the question now is how is this regeneration possible? It is possible by the spirit in us (or the spirit indwelling in us). That is why our opening text where regeneration is implied speaks of the act of salvation (because it is at the point of salvation that a man is indwelt by God’s spirit) and not at the washing of water. Thus, regeneration is what the Holy Spirit does in the believer. In fact, Paul’s words in our opening text clarifies this; “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). Observe in this text, Paul explains how we were saved, he says “by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost”.

The word “by” used here was translated from the Greek word “dia” which means “through”. In other words, Paul is saying we were saved by His mercy through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Observe the word “and” used in between regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost. That word “and” was translated from the Greek word “kai”, this word is not always used as a conjunction; sometimes, it is used in an explanatory fashion. However, it is the context of the usage of the word “kai” that determines if it was used in an explanatory fashion or a conjunctive fashion.

Whenever this word “kai” is used in an explanatory fashion, it could be better understood as that is or which is (denoting a further explanation of what precedes it). However, the word “and” here in this text (Titus 3:5) was used in an explanatory fashion.
That is to say, the “regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost” was to further explain the regeneration. In other words, what Paul said was “…according to his mercy he saved us through the washing of regeneration, which is the renewing of the Holy Ghost”. So, the renewing of the Holy Ghost is the regeneration. Thus, Paul’s words here implied that the regeneration is only possible because of the Holy Ghost in us. More so, having known in previous studies that it is the Holy Spirit indwelling us at the point of salvation that makes regeneration possible, then it will be out of place for Paul to be discussing two different things when he said “by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”.

Therefore, at the point of salvation, we received the Holy Ghost and that raised us from death to life. That regeneration changed the condition that had affected our old nature. Hallelujah!!!


INSTRUCTION: Know what happened to you at the point of salvation.


PRAYER: I am regenerated; I am not born of a mortal origin; I am born of God and therefore, God’s life is my life and I give expression to that life here on earth, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: You are regenerated because you are created in Christ Jesus.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1 JOHN CHAPTER 2

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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