“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 NOW: Salvation is to have life and this life is in the son.
In our previous studies, we got into examining Paul’s words in Ephesians 2. Having examined verses 1 and 2 of Ephesians 2, let us now examine the proceeding verses (verses 3 to 5). “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in time past in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved)” (Ephesians 2:1-5).
The word “conversation” (verse 3) was translated from the Greek word “anastrepho” which refers to what a person busies himself with. The word “time past” implies some time ago. The word “wrath” refers to anger indignation or a violent passion. The term “children of wrath” is describing the same people he referred to as children of disobedience earlier. Their unbelief is why they are referred to as children of wrath; that is, the unbelief is the wrath itself. Hence, by his discussion, he is explaining the former state of the believer. In verse 5, he explains what God’s role was: “Even when we were dead to sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace, ye are saved)”. The words “hath quickened us together” is a compound word in the Greek that implies “to reanimate”, “to give life” or “to be born alive”.
Jesus used this same word in John 5 which reads, “For as the father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the son quickeneth whom he will”. Recall, regeneration means the Holy Spirit giving life to a dead man upon salvation. Thus, salvation is to have life and this life is in the son. Observe Paul’s words in 1Corinthians 6:17 which reads “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit”. Therefore, in regeneration, a person is born of the spirit and this is solely the work of the spirit.
It is important to note that regeneration is not conversion, repentance, sanctification, justification or experience but a new birth. Such an individual that is saved has his sonship forever. The life and nature he possesses is forever. In other words, the believer (regenerated by God’s spirit) has his sonship forever and the life and nature he possesses at the point of salvation is of the father and it is forever. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: You have the life and nature of God. Don’t think otherwise.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your life which is at work in me forever. Thank you for making me a partaker of your divine nature and therefore I walk in the reality of this nature, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Faith in an eternal God imparts eternal life which is the life of the eternal God and this life can never be lost, hence, why it is called eternal.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6