GENERATION, REGENERATION, AND RENEWAL

Titus 3:4,5 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

Even in his fallen state man is an amazing display of God’s creativity. We see the hand of God in the wisdom of an Einstein, the creative genius of Rembrandt, or the musical excellence of a Beethoven. There is something essentially unique in the crown of God’s creation, humans, that is intrinsically different from all of God’s other amazing creatures. We see creativity in the chimpanzee and incredible intelligence in the dolphin but nothing compares to mankind in its combination of intelligence and creativity. What is the difference? We are spiritual creatures. Man is created in the image of God. Unlike the rest of His creatures, we are spirits. The only other creatures that are spirit beings are the various kinds of angelic beings. We stand alone. The amazing thing is this, there is the power of regeneration in Christ that causes us to tap into an even greater potential. Here is how A.B. Simpson sees it.

“We see here that human life comes through the human soul, not through the human body, and springs from the direct touch of the Creator and the inspiration of the Almighty. Man’s life is not, like the life of the brute, a part of his physical organism. The human organs are complete before they receive the touch of life. Our life came not from the ground, nor from the physical forces and functions, but from the imparting of the human soul through God’s direct in-breathing.

Man’s life is so sacred, because it is the direct gift of God’s love, and the very communication of God’s own life. We see the Holy Spirit presented here as the author not only of life, but also of mind and soul. What a glory it gives to our conception of the Holy Ghost, to think of Him as having part in creation! Job says : “Thy Spirit hath garnished the heavens.” The glowing stars, the beautiful firmament, the rainbow, the golden sun, the silvery moon, the sunset clouds in all their radiant glory, are but touches of His infinite wisdom and taste.”

If you are born again, drink deeply of His Spirit. You can experience not only regeneration but continual renewal. All things are possible when we live off of the incredible power of the Holy Spirit.

One Reply to “GENERATION, REGENERATION, AND RENEWAL”

  1. Knowing that God knew me before being created in my mother’s womb is mind altering! He knows what each of us will do throughout ours lives. Jesus told Peter about his future, Judas, his mother Mary, his step father Joseph, the woman at the well, and several others. In the old testament books of the bible God speaks of how he uses sinful and righteous actions to bring about his will! Wow! Even when satan does something sinful God makes something good come out of it! That’s my God! Always making the crooked ways straight.

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