Infused With Life

Sometimes debates have a way of overshadowing the glory of a doctrine. I believe this has been true in the debate over the Lord’s Supper, which has focused on the presence of Christ in the meal and has missed the main thrust of the ordinance. I believe this has also been true of the doctrine […]

The New Birth and Discipleship

Thinking deeply about the doctrine of regeneration and observing my newborn daughter have sparked some new thoughts and questions about the discipleship process. I think that the new birth motif may be one helpful lens through which to view discipleship. Consider some of these observations and potential implications for discipleship from regeneration. The New Creation […]

The New Birth in Paul

Though Paul does not speak in depth about the new birth as he does other doctrines what we glean from his letters is indispensable for our understanding. Sometimes his entry point into the topic is different. Sometimes he utilizes language and images that are fresh and distinct from other NT writers.┬áHere are five texts that […]

The New Birth in 1 Peter

Peter touches on the theme of the new birth at two different times in his first letter. In both places he adds some new and vital information for understanding regeneration. These two texts of Scripture will serve to round our perspective on the subject even more. 1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father […]

The New Birth in 1 John

As I noted in my last post the most natural thing to do after your born is to live. Life is the result of birth—it is a necessary consequence. So simple and yet so profound when you think about this in light of the new birth. 1 John gives us the practical side of the […]

The Spirit, the Cross, and the New Birth

Jesus’ late night conversation with Nicodemus is quite instructive regarding the role of the Holy Spirit in our entrance into the kingdom. I love the fact that Jesus was accessible at all hours of the day or night. Apparently he was no stranger to inconvenient late night ministry (Mk 1:32). He is an accessible God […]