This is a three-part sermon series on the doctrine of regeneration by Pastor Charles Leiter. Regeneration is an act of God in which He changes all Christians, so that they begin to hate sin and pursue righteousness. The thrust of these sermons is to show that this doctrine, although lost by much of modern Christianity, is presented abundantly and clearly in the Old and New Testaments, especially and most vividly in the New. Charles demonstrates from many texts, beginning in Titus 3:3-7, that every Christian has been regenerated and that justification and regeneration must always be considered together. In other words, every Christian is justified (declared righteous) by God and regenerated in the same instant. However, Charles also makes the point that the two doctrines are different. Having given a very brief overview of what justification is, Charles moves on to speak about regeneration itself. These sermons are but an introduction to the doctrine, as Charles indicates.
Charles makes it quite clear that these aspects of regeneration are not idealistic elements that “ought” to be true of Christians, but that they are statements of fact, true for every Christian. The pictures of regeneration used in the Bible, and discussed by Charles, are: (1) a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15); (2) a totally new man, not an old and new man (Matthew 16:17-18); (3) a new heart (Ezekiel 36:22-28, Jeremiah 31:31-34; 32:38-41); (4) a new birth (John 3:1-8, 1 John 3:9); (5) the receiving of a new nature (Matthew 7:15-20; 12:33); (6) a crucifixion of the old self and a resurrection the new self (Romans 6:1-11, 13; 8:13; Galatians 2:20); (7) a transfer from the realm of the flesh into the realm of the Spirit (Romans 7:5-6; 8:5-9; Galatians 5:16-25); (8) a transfer from the earthly sphere into the heavenly sphere (Colossians 2:20-22; 3:1-10; John 17:14, 16; Philippians 3:19-20; Ephesians 1:3; 2:4-6); and (9) becoming a slave of righteousness, no longer a slave of sin (Romans 6:16-22).