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Adoption and Regeneration

Adopted and reborn!

With the legal determination of justification, God adopts the new Believer and establishes a legal relationship with rights of inheritance (John 1:9-13 Eph 1:3-8).

Once a son of God (Gal 4:6), the new Believer receives the Holy Spirit. This process is called "being born again" or "regeneration" and marks the first step in the process of sanctification.

Regeneration occurs instantly at initial salvation (1 Pet 1:23-25; James 1:18) and is a partial fulfillment of God’s promise in the New Covenant.

It indicates a change in the origin of one’s birth. As being "born of God," Christians receive the birthright entitling them to the promises of God (Gal 4:1-7).

Christians are now a "new creation" which describes the transformative effects of regeneration including a transformation of one’s moral standard and lifestyle (Eph 4:17-24).

Adoption and regeneration are God’s sovereign acts of committing Himself to Believers. They also represent an affirmation to Believers of their trust in God which continues to grow out of His Fatherhood (Rom 8:14-17), not only of the present, but of the future hope still to be fulfilled (Rom 8:23).


For deeper study:

What is adoption?

What does regeneration mean?

Regeneration or not... the discernment of the Holy Spirit



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