By Peter Toon
Which of Jesus' statements have evangelicals of the final 250 years preached on extra frequently than the other? most likely, "You needs to be born again." What metaphor reveals wider use in evangelistic appeals than the single of rebirth? yet do Christians this day, let alone people, snatch the whole biblical that means of the doctrine referred to as regeneration? the writer fears they don't. He leads the reader via all biblical references to the recent delivery. Then he strains the doctrine's improvement in the course of the church's background, from Augustine in the course of the Reformers to Billy Graham. He has made Born back "intelligible to any considering person."
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Cosmic Regeneration 51 ariety of other ways. , Matt. 8:11; 22:1-14; Luke 13:29; cf. 14:16-24). Then, also, he made use of the later prophetic and apocalyptic concept that salvation ill conclude with the arrival of a new age and new order of creation. W There are three strands to the prophetic expectation that salvation will issue in a new creation. The oldest is the renewal of the natural Order, a restoration of the original paradisal state (Isa. ; 11:1-9). Secondly, there is the idea of the provision of a new political order wherein all nations bring their gifts to Jerusalem and Israel functions as their light (Isa.
He looks forward to the second coming ofJesus and desires that the readers be ready to meet their Lord, Savior, and Judge in conﬁdence and without any shame. They certainly know that the God and Father of the Lord Jesus is righteous, and thus they also know that everyone who practices a similar righteousness has been begotten by God and born of the Holy Spirit. The evidence that church members have been truly begotten of God is their practice of righteousness, which shows that they have a proper relationship with God and with fellow human beings.
In this period of grace it behooves all to respond to the preaching of the gospel and be born from above. Did not Jesus say to Nicodemus, “You [plural] must be born from above”? The relationship between the kingdom of God and new birth is made clear in the episode recorded in Mark 10:13-16: People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom ofGod belongs to such as these.
Born again : a biblical and theological study of regeneration by Peter Toon