Originally posted by checkbaiter
King James Version (KJV)
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Titus 3:5 - ... He saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit ..."
The Greek word for English regeneration
in verse 5 is different from the regenerated
in 1 Pet. 2:23
. That used in 1 Peter. 2:23
is means born again.
The word used in Titus 3:5
is used in only one other place in the NT - Matt. 19:28
. Be careful and don't fall into a trap.
The meaning of the word regeneration
in Matthew 19:28
is the restoration
in the millennial kingdom. The 1,000 year kingdom preceding the new heaven and new earth is called "the restoration" [b] or [b]"the regeneration"
In Titus 3:5 the washing of regeneration
I think includes more than just the birth of being born again. But it starts with the birth of being born again. It continues with a gradual change from one state to another. The new birth is the commencing of this gradual change.
The washing of regeneration
BEGINS with the person being born again and continues with the renewing of the Holy Spirit as the process of God's new creation. This is a process that makes us a new man.
Washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit
is a reconditioning, remaking, or remolding, with divine life. So BIRTH is only the initial commencement of the process.
The process is symbolized in baptism (Rom. 6:3-5)
which stands for the putting off of the old man and the putting on of the new man (Eph. 4:22,24; Col. 3:9-11).
The carrying out of the reality of this baptism symbol is the transformation by the renewing of the mind (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23)
. Christ causes a man to be born again and enter into a process of a kind of "metabolic" re-modeling in his soul leading with the renewing of the mind.
The washing of regeneration purges away all the things of the old nature of our old man, and the renewing of the Holy Spirit imparts something new - the divine essence of the new man - into the cooperative Christian's being.
The process requires cooperation and is not automatic. But it is available to all who have been born again.
In this process os passing from the old state into a wholly new one, from the old creation into the status of a new creation man is saved from more than just punishment. He is saved from oldness and the fallen Adamic soul. Both the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit are working in the Christian throughout his or her whole life until the completion of the new creation.