“But after that the kindness and 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, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” – Titus 3:4-5
Have you ever heard of the fascinating phenomenon called regeneration? The concept of regeneration far surpasses human capabilities and points to the existence of a higher source of creation. It is the process of replacing or restoring damaged or missing cells, tissues, organs and even entire body parts to full function. There are quite a few creatures God made that can regenerate their organs as well as body parts. There is an aquatic species of salamanders called axolotls, which can regenerate organs, skin, limbs or any other body part. Another animal that can regenerate is the shark; while they can’t regenerate organs or body parts, they can regenerate their dental structures and regrow teeth within days or a few months. Zebrafish can regenerate retina, fins and a heart amongst other tissues; and humans can regenerate skin tissue and organs such as the liver. How fascinating is creation!
While the above facts are intriguing, there’s something greater to be understood regarding regeneration as it pertains to Christians. The word regeneration in the Greek language means
“spiritual rebirth, spiritual renovation or restoration.”
When something is restored, it’s returned to its former condition or position. Meaning, it’s brought back, reconstructed, or refashioned to its original state as when it was first created. When Jesus was speaking with Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee, Jesus spoke of mankind needing to be born again to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). He said in order for one to be born again they must be born of water and of the Spirit (John 3:5). What does this mean? Water, or rain in Scripture, can be viewed as the doctrine or instruction of the Lord as found in Deuteronomy 32:2 when Moses says,
“My doctrine shall drop as the rain.”
The Spirit referenced in the above verse is the Holy Spirit, whom we know to be the teacher and counselor (John 14:26). So, with these two working together, Jesus shows us that the believer can receive salvation and will see God’s kingdom. This happens by the Holy Spirit revealing God’s Word to us through instruction or teaching. He guides the believer to truth, so that spiritually they can ascend to a higher way of thinking and living.
In the account of Jesus and the blind man of Bethsaida, the man first saw men walking as trees after Jesus placed His hands on his eyes. Then the Scripture says,
“…He (Jesus) put His hands again upon his eyes and made him look up: and he was restored and saw every man clearly (Mark 8:23-25).”
Here we see that word restored being used, which is connected to the word regenerate. Notice that it doesn’t simply say that his eyesight was restored, but it says that he was restored. When he looked up, he perceived or understood something spiritually and because of this he was completely healed.
Jesus says that if anyone sees with their eyes, hears with their ears, and understands with their heart, that they will be converted, and He will heal or restore them (Matt.13:15). Soon, at the Second coming of Jesus our Lord and Savior, God will restore all things according to Scripture (Acts 3:21). God wants to give back to us what Adam lost in the garden. When Adam was in the Garden of Eden, he had a perfect body; he wasn’t born of a man and woman. Genesis 2:7 says,
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
The true Word of God is what washes over us and cleanses our thoughts (ways of thinking). It purifies our souls and renews our mind, so we can be transformed back into the image and likeness of God and fulfil the Scripture which says,
“…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Rom. 12:2)
We can only be saved and born again through the process of “spiritual regeneration.” As stated in Titus 3:4-5 the Lord displays His mercy and grace towards us by washing us in the Word and renewing our minds through the teachings of the Holy Spirit to bring us back to our original state. Adam had dominion over everything because of the knowledge given to him by the Father. He heard the voice of the Lord speaking to him in the garden. He was being taught the Wisdom of God and therefore he walked in purity and was in God’s image and likeness. The Lord wants to get His people back to that place of holiness and purity. We must go through the process of change and transformation of our minds and souls so that we can be fully restored. If you want to learn more and you’re looking to go deeper, please visit us at www.voh.church to get connected with our ministry. We offer a variety of Bible study classes that will further your spiritual understanding of scripture and will help to build a more intimate relationship with the Lord. We look forward to connecting with you. Blessings!!!