Session 1 – Thursday Evening Service – January 12, 2012
The Doctrine of Regeneration
Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15
Man is a sinner by nature with no idea how utterly wicked and evil they are. Men do not only do evil things, they are evil.
In order for men to be saved, there are two problems to be dealt with:
1) Justification – imputed righteousness before God
2) Regeneration – a new nature
The old nature has evil intentions which come from an evil heart. The unconverted person is sensual, carnal. The Christian however is a new creature that desires to do things that are pleasing to God.
The unconverted religious person tries to shun the wicked things he loves and embrace the righteous things he hates.
The doctrine of regeneration is what makes James 2:14-18 make sense. Works are not the basis for justification. And it is not that we say we have faith and then work to show proof. The fact is that regeneration naturally produces good works as a fruit.
Compare 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 with verse 9. How do you know that the gospel came with full power and with the Holy Spirit? Because they turned to God and away from their idols. So-called Christianity today calls the person to Jesus while letting people retain their idols.