Thursday, February 13, 2020

"Regeneration and Renewal"

“Regeneration and Renewal”

He saved us---not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.       Titus 3:5

SALVATION is not obtained by WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS.  First, because mankind’s RIGHTEOUSNESS is like filthy, nasty, putrid rags, before the RIGHTEOUS, HOLY GOD of the UNIVERSE.  SALVATION is NOT earned, nor can it be purchased.  It is given by GOD’S ABUNDANT MERCY and His AMAZING GRACE towards mankind. 

RIGHTEOUS or GOOD works are really the FRUIT of our SALVATION.  When we are OBEDIENT to God, we are carrying out His RIGHTEOUS WORKS, and it stands as a TESTIMONY of our SALVATION.  When we come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, there is a TRANSFORMATION that takes place, and it requires REGENERATION and RENEWAL, which is done through the work of God’s Holy Spirit.

 REGENERATION is SPIRITUAL REBIRTH, which means the person coming to Christ for the SALVATION of their soul, becomes a NEW CREATURE, having been SPIRITUALLY BORN, or “IN CHRIST,” and NO LONGER under the bondage of SIN, instead of being a captive of their sinful nature, which they were born with, because of Adam.  But NOW, because of what JESUS has done on the cross, they are FREE from that sinful bondage.  And they face a BRAND-NEW LIFE, because of their REGENERATION.

The work of RENEWAL is an INTERNAL CHANGE, where a person’s thoughts, words and actions are very different, now.  There has been a RENEWAL of the MIND and HEART.  OLD things have passed away, and NEW things have come.  The MIND and HEART are WASHED, cleansed by the acts of REGENERATION and RENEWAL.  And the ETERNAL DESTINY of those who ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST as their SAVIOR and LORD will be changed. Have you experienced the REGENERATION and RENEWAL of your soul? 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your ETERNAL DESTINY is HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  If you feel a tugging on your HEART STRINGS, and feel like you want to receive God’s gift of SALVATION.  Here is what you MUST DO:  You MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and experience the REGENERATION and RENEWAL of your soul, and spend your ETERNAL DESTINY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

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