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).
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