What a weekend we had at the Autumn European University Conference in Bower House. The topic was ‘The Organic Aspect of God’s Salvation’ and it was very enjoyable getting into the Word and understanding what organic salvation is.There are eight steps in God’s organic salvations:
I really enjoyed the matter of Regeneration. Firstly regeneration is not:
- Remedial – it’s a cure or a solution which improves us
- Rehab – it won’t restore us to a a better condition
- Resolve – it won’t change or magically convert us
Regeneration is simply to to receive another life, the life of God, in addition to our human life. This is such a wonderful thing. Just think about it. God’s life is added to our life. He doesn’t substitute our life for His, rather He adds His spiritual and divine life to our human life. His heart’s desire is for Man to be the same as He is in image, life, nature and expression. That is love.
We are regenerated when we receive the Spirit because God is Spirit. But how do we receive the Spirit? 1 Peter 1:23 says “Having been regenerated not out of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, through the living and abiding word of God.” This shows that we are regenerated through the word of God. John 1:1, 14 clearly show that the Word is Jesus. Therefore by believing into Jesus, we are regenerated through the Word and receive the Spirit which mingles with our Spirit thus regenerating us and making us children of God.
This regeneration is a washing which changes our senses. Before we are regenerated, our sense of sight, taste, touch, hearing and smell are of the world but after we’ve been regenerated this becomes of the Spirit. It is not necessary to tell a newly regenerated Christian what how to act, rather the Spirit within him will wash him and he will have see, taste and smell things differently. He will naturally act according the the Lord.
This matter of regeneration is so important because not only is it the first aspect of God’s organic salvation, it is also the centre of His complete salvation. However we must approach it and know it in a theological or doctrinal way. Rather, as it was impressed on us, we must take it to the Lord and say “Lord what does this mean to me? How is regeneration applicable to my life?” Only then can we have a true experience of regeneration rather than just an academic understand of it.