Thursday, April 12, 2012
“Are people regenerated when they accept the Holy Spirit?”
That question is wrongly formulated because the sinner does not accept the Holy Spirit; they accept Jesus and then the Holy Spirit brings immediate regeneration. The person becomes a new creature as old things pass away and all things become new (2 Cor 5:17). Regeneration is the theological term for the word born again. We are born again instantaneously we receive Christ by faith. Christians do not accept the Holy Spirit; they accept Jesus for salvation. However, the Holy Spirit is the cause of the regeneration (Jn 3:5). That is; when they accept Jesus, they receive the Holy Spirit. For example, the US issues visas but human beings do that job. The regeneration is in terms of the soul and not the body. The body is the carcass and that carcass is sinful in nature. That is why there is a perpetual struggle between the Spirit and the Flesh. Consequently, the logic should read thus:
Christians are people whose minds have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit when they accept Jesus (Rom 12:2; Eph 4:23). By accepting Jesus, they accept the Holy Spirit too who brings the regeneration. Remember the linear sequence; Jesus first and the Holy Spirit later. By receiving Jesus, they receive God because whosever receives the son receives the Father who sent him (Jn 5: 36; Jn 6:57). God is holy, so Christians must (not are) be holy (I pet 1:6). God lives in Christians through the spirit of the Christ while the flesh is uninhabited and up for grasp by the devil (Rom 7:23; Gal 5:17). God is in all the Christians (Jn 1:12; Rom 8:15-16).
Therefore, all the above being true, Christians would still sin because of their sinful nature (Prov 28:13; Rom 8:10; James 5:16;I Jn 1:9). That does not mean they have not been regenerated, but they have not been made perfect. They are working towards perfection by sanctifying themselves daily by the renewal of their minds. Show that the Holy Spirit convicts of sins, revitalizes us to understand the bible more (spirit), helps us to live for Christ or our new nature by giving us the fruit of the spirit. He helps us to work for God by giving us gifts.
Until then, trust God for your salvation.
St Arrey of Ntenako“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).
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