Regeneration or new birthTHE VERY SIMPLE TRUTH ON
REGENERATION OR NEW BIRTH
Since I became a Christian in 1953, I have read reams of materials -- books, articles, and theologies from writers of all religious persuasions -- on Regeneration and/or the New Birth, many of which try to dissect the unseen work of the Holy Spirit in various ways; but the "bottom line" or simple truth which is very clear in Scripture is this:
One who believes in Christ is born again, and one who is born again is the one who believes in Christ.
Slice it up in as many pieces as you wish, the simple truth is that the believer is born again, and the born again person is a believer:
"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" -- I John 5:12.
So all of this "ordo salutis" drivel about "regeneration precedes faith," or "born again before faith," and any other effort which tries to separate faith from the new birth, is hokey-pokey, pure and simple.