THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The teacher was quizzing her 4th-grade students on spelling for the week.
She asked, "John, how do you spell crocodile?"
John answered, "K R O K O D I L."
The teacher said, "Now, John, that's wrong."
John said, "It may be wrong to you, but you asked how I spell it!"
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
How do YOU spell "regenerate?"
Regenerate can mean "formed or created again."
It can also mean "spiritually born or converted."
It can also mean "restored to a better or higher state."
When Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus the regeneration of God for salvation, He called it a "born again" experience.
He also spoke of that experience as being mysteriously completed by GOD!
"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8)
The person regenerated knows it happened, and can only explain that experience as being completed by GOD!
Mankind can wash a corpse dead in sin; but he can only put that corpse in the ground.
But the mysterious work of God can "by grace" cause "faith" to raise up a body dead in sin, and give it new life.
In one place, Paul explained regeneration this way: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Cor 5:17)
In other words, regenerate can only be spelled properly "IN Christ!"
Newness results from surrender to Christ as Lord.
The person is "formed or created again" by the power of God!
Furthermore, he/she is "spiritually born or converted" by the Spirit of God.
Also, that person is "restored to a better or higher state."
Christians, let us be thankful that God by grace has placed faith within us.
For now we can say, "3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Col 3:3-4)