Titus 3:5,6 – He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we did in righteousness, but in accordance with His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He richly poured out upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior,
This is a beautiful verse written by Paul to his son in the faith, Titus. This short passage describes part of the amazing work of the Holy Spirit in all of our lives. First, Paul says that there is a washing of regeneration that the Holy Spirit performs in us. Our sins are washed away as far as God is concerned; we are no longer banished from His presence because of the blood of His Son. Our inner man is also washed clean by the work of the Holy Spirit. The precious Holy Spirit washes away all of the filth from our past that enables us to enjoy our life in Christ. Here is how Dick Mills describes washing of regeneration.
Washing of regeneration – paliggenesia
This word is used twice in the NT. The regenerative activity of the Holy Spirit is characterized elsewhere in Scripture as cleansing and purifying (see Ezek. 36:25–27; John 3:5). The Greek term for “regeneration” literally means “being born again”—indicating a new birth brought about by the Holy Spirit. Thus God saved us through one process with two aspects: the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.
He not only washes away God’s view of our sin and our own view of our sinful life; He renews us. We can actually live in a constant state of renewal. The Holy Spirit transforms our entire life by His constant work of renewal. Here are Brother Mills thoughts about the renewal of the Holy Spirit.
“anakainōsis; Strong’s #342: A combination of ana, “again,” and kainos, “new.” The word suggests a renovation, restoration, transformation, and a change of heart and life. In Romans 12:2, it indicates a complete change for the better, an adjustment of one’s moral and spiritual vision. Here it stresses the work of the Holy Spirit in transforming the life.”
This verse takes my breath away. Is it really possible to be made new over and over again? That is the work of the Spirit; He has made us alive through the Holy Spirit, and He continually transforms us with His love. As Paul said in 2 Cor.3:18 – “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another”. He is literally making each of us new daily by the renewal of the Spirit.