What causes us to be regenerated to new life?
John 1:12-13 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Causes of Regeneration:
Born of God – John 1:12-13
Born of the Spirit – John 3:8
Born through the Word – I Peter 1:23-25
Our dead spirit needs to be regenerated (Rom. 8:1; Gal. 5:24) by the Spirit of God. Only God can regenerate mans fallen spirit, God administers the new birth, not man. Our cleansing comes from His blood but our regeneration by his Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the principle agent for our regeneration.
Regeneration is proved by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is an unseen work that one receives after they trust the Gospel for salvation. They are then sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13).
Those who believe the gospel receive the Holy Spirit and are the children of God. They are "born of the Spirit." They are "born again. 1 Jn.5:1 "Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God."
We hear the gospel message and the Spirit works in concert with the word to bring our new birth.
John 6:63: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Peter wrote, “having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:23). Salvation comes by trusting God's Word James 1:18 “He brought us forth by the word of truth.” V.21 “receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”
Titus 3:4-5 “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
For the daily cleansing of the church Eph 5:26 “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word” Our daily cleaning comes from believing the word, water is Scripture.
John 15:3 "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.”
(1 Peter 1:23) We are begotten by the word of God
The Bible teaches that a man is “born of God” (Greek- EK - out of). Born of God is used exclusively by John to explain the Spirit as the source of our birth. This description occurs four times in John’s epistle (1 Jn. 3:9, 4:7, 5:1,4). In all the instances where the source of the new birth is mentioned, the language is EK Him, EK God, or EK Spirit. Regeneration is always related to the work of the Holy Spirit John 1:12-13, . . . of God.” The Greek preposition (“out of”) is never used elsewhere in connection anything else but its source which is God Himself. When describing the new birth, it is always the Greek word “dia” (by, with, or through) that is used. “EK” signifies the source, while “dia” signifies the means. The source is the Holy Spirit who actually gives the new birth and the means is the Word of God.
In John 3:3, the term “born-again” literally means “to be born from above,” is what happens by Jesus sending His Spirit to those who respond to the gospel message. The very essence of regeneration is by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, it is The Spirit who gives life.
John sums up the purpose of his gospel - John 20:31: It was written so we "might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."