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THE DOCTRINE OF REGENERATION

J O H N    3 : 1 - 2 1
PART 5: THE CONCLUSION
VERSES 19-21
by
Carl  Whorley,  Lewistown,  Montana/USA


 
JOHN 3:19-21... And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
 
Welcome to part five of this paper. The conclusion. Should you wish to have parts 1-4 of this paper please feel free to let me know and it will be sent to you immediately upon request.
 
The purpose of this paper is to examine the Biblical Doctrine of Regeneration and it's surrounding ramifications. The Doctrine of Regeneration is one which is, in totality, inexhaustible. For our discussion, we have used the text of John 3:1-21.
 
JOHN 3:19
[19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
 
In John 3:19, we see the personification of Word as Light. And those who refuse Light, are already condemned to a Christless eternity in a Christless Hell. This condemnation is based on man's final and definitive rejection of the Salvation which our Savior died for. The Heavenly Father has given unto man two choices. Light which leads to eternal life, thesis, with Jesus Christ, and then there is darkness, antithesis, which leads to eternal damnation in Hell. The choice is not God's. The choice is mankind's.

I have heard very well meaning preachers speak of God casting a lost sinner into the steamy sulphuric depths of the very pit of Hell. May I say, that God has never sent anyone to Hell, and that He never shall. On the cross, God did everything within His loving power to keep man out of Hell. Man goes to Hell because that is what man has chosen for himself. When man consciously decides to reject God's Gospel Plan of Salvation, and should man decide to die and leave this world that way, then man has just made the choice to be assigned to the literal flames of a literal Hell.
 
Job 15:16...How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
 
John 12:46...I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
 
The way in which love is described in John 3:19, it is that mankind has a deep abiding passion for the world, the flesh, and the devil. In consequence, this is what will ultimately separate mankind, the creation, from God the Father, the Creator. Please note here John 1:6-10.
 
John 1:6-10...There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

Proverbs 2:14...Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
 
John 11:9-10...Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
 
There are two definitives which the Scriptures make quite clear. One, the Light in question comes from God the Father Himself. Two, is that this Light is manifest to the entire world through the person of Jesus Christ. In that, one great Biblical/Theological certainty of the Scriptures is, Jesus Christ was, is and always shall be, the fleshly, visible and tangible manifestation of the very God the Father.
 
John 1:5...And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
 
I John 2:8-10...Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
 
Here in John 3:19, we see a global crisis. That being, Light made an attempt to shine into darkness. Darkness repelled Light. This repulsion was premeditated with malice aforethought. It was intentional with full knowledge and soundness of mental faculties. This is why in John 3:19, the word condemnation comes into play. This wilful repulsion of Light, plunged mankind into a world and condition of condemnation.
 
John 1:9...That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
 
John 9:5...As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
      
In most cases, world, kosmoV/kosmos, deals with the world system or world government. In this particular case, it is dealing with mankind or the global populace. Light was not offered to a world system or government, it was offered to the human global populace. And in return, the human global populace, willfully rejected Light.
 
I John 6-7...If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
 
John 8:12...Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
 
John 3:19 alone would tell us that the final verdict on mankind. Whether eternal life in Heaven, or eternal damnation in Hell, is solely up to mankind. And that being their final decision on what they would intend to do with Light. Do they accept Light, or do they intend to reject Light.
 
I John 2:9-11...He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
 
John 5:35...He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
 
In consequence of rejecting Light, mankind plunged himself in to a world of darkness and wickedness. Rejecting Light has it's own natural regression of events. In the final analysis, mankind is plunged deep into a world of wickedness and sinfulness.
 
Ephesians 5:11-14...And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
 
Job 24:13-17...They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face. In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
 
Jesus came to the world to be Light to the world. But, mankind rejected Light and turned to darkness.
 
John 12:35-36...Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
 
I John 1:5...This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
 
I John 1:7...But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
 
We should stop and look at the word condemnation. The English word condemnation comes from the Greek word krinw/krino. It means a judgmental condemnation, or, the act of condemning or pronouncing to be wrong; censure; blame; disapprobation. The act of judicially condemning, adjudging guilty, unfit for use, or forfeited. It means the act of dooming to punishment or forfeiture. The state of being condemned. The ground or reason of condemning.
 
It has been my pleasure to visit The Liverpool Cathedral of Liverpool, England. A magnificent structure. I visited this Church when I was doing some preaching in and around the Liverpool, England area. Inside Liverpool Cathedral is a memorial to the late John Charles Ryle, 1816-1900. A great saint of God who also was a great Bible teacher/theologian of the Scriptures.
 
When it comes to John 3:19, and the matter of condemnation, this is what John Charles Ryle had to say...These verses show us the true cause of the loss of man's soul. Our Lord says to Nicodemus, "This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
 
The words before us form a suitable conclusion to the glorious tidings which we have just been considering. They completely clear God of injustice in the condemnation of sinners. They show in simple and unmistakable terms, that although man's salvation is entirely of God, his ruin, if he is lost, will be entirely from himself. He will reap the fruit of his own sowing.
 
The doctrine here laid down ought to be carefully remembered. It supplies an answer to a common cavil of the enemies of God's truth. There is no decreed reprobation, excluding any one from heaven. "God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." There is no unwillingness on God's part to receive any sinner, however great his sins. God has sent "light" into the world, and if man will not come to the light, the fault is entirely on man's side. His blood will be on his own head, if he makes shipwreck of his soul. The blame will be at his own door, if he misses heaven. His eternal misery will be the result of his own choice. His destruction will be the work of his own hand. God loved him, and was willing to save him; out he "loved darkness," and therefore darkness must be his everlasting portion. He would not come to Christ, and therefore he could not have life. (John 5:40.)
 
The truths we have been considering are peculiarly weighty and solemn. Do we live as if we believed them?. Salvation by Christ's death is close to us today. Have we embraced it by faith, and made it our own? Let us never rest until we know Christ as our own Savior. Let us look to Him without delay for pardon and peace, if we have never looked before. Let us go on believing on Him, if we have already believed. "Whoever," is His own gracious word--"whoever believes on Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life." John Charles Ryle, 1816-1900, Liverpool, England
 
Man is assigned to the literal eternal flames of Hell because that is what man has chosen by himself, for himself. Man has only himself to blame should Hell be his eternal portion. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ went to the cross and gave everything He had to keep mankind out of Hell. And yet, for whatever reason which totally escapes me, man makes the conscious choice to say no to Jesus, Heaven and eternal life, and yes to Satan, Hell and eternal damnation separated for all eternity from Jesus Christ. We are speaking of total separation from the Heavenly Master who should be the love and purpose of our lives and existence. For Jesus must be our life, love and existence here and now on the earth, and then someday in Heaven for all eternity.   But the choice between Heaven and Hell remains with man and man alone:
 
JOHN 3:20
[20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
[20] paV gar o faula prasswn misei to fwV kai ouk ercetai proV to fwV ina mh elegcqh ta erga autou
 
What would be a suitable interpretation of John 3:20? It would be, that in this verse, the works in subject, are more important than the persons in question. The idea in this verse, is not to merely display one's own works, but to show the fact that these works are a premeditated act of rebellion and disobedience to our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. Meaning, the persons in question must also make a conscious choice as to whether they will correct these acts and deeds by turning to Jesus Christ, or continue on in this rebellion by continuing on in deeds and sins of iniquity which they already know is offensive to the Heavenly Father.
 
In Johnannine, Light is differentiated from darkness in no uncertain terms. In Johannine, Light is the person of Jesus Christ and the Gospel Plan of Salvation for which He gave His all and died on the cross. Darkness, in no uncertain terms, is the world, the flesh and the devil. This represents the Hell for which Jesus died to keep all mankind out of.
 
The Evangelist is definitively emphatic in his manuscripts. He who does evil hates Light, thesis, and loves the darkness, antithesis. And, evil will not come to the Light lest his works are reproved. One does not hate of one's own initiative. To hate is to live in hostility toward Light. To reject Light, is to avoid its very presence. If we understand Johannine correctly, this profound hatred is the antithesis of the fact that God is Light and love which is thesis. Just because Jesus is Light to the world, and the act of divine love, the hatred and opposition of the world is intensified. The mystery of iniquity is concealed in the word "hate." The world hates Jesus. We see this in John 7:7 & 15:18. In so doing it also hates God as per John 15:23. The world also hates all born again believers. We see this in John 15:18, 17:14 & I John 3:13.
 
John 7:7...The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
 
John 15:18...If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
 
John 17:14...I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

I John 3:13...Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
 
To live in the thesis of Light, is to live in hatred of darkness. The conscious choice on the part of man to reject thesis and turn to antithesis. This, ultimately, will prove to be the catalyst for man to precipitate acts of evil.
 
II Thessalonians 2:12...That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
 
I John 1:5-10...This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
 
I John 2:15-17...Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
 
Notice how emphatic the statement of Jesus is. That being, everyone, that lives in sin hates Jesus. This is not a minister speaking, or one of the apostles speaking, this is Jesus Himself speaking. That if a person lives in sin, then they hate Jesus Christ.
 
To be reproved is to be chastised by God Himself for one's evil deeds and sins. The unsaved world, concerning God the Father, wants to be left alone in their sins.
 
John 5:29...And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
 
Titus 2:8...Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
James 3:16...For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
 
It is only fair, that with all that is within me, to warn all persons everywhere, that to hate Jesus Christ is to hate God our Heavenly Father. And to hate God our Heavenly Father, is to hate Jesus Christ.
 
John 15:22-24...If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
 
The English word reprove comes from the Greek word elegcw/elegcho.  It means to bring conviction or to rebuke a sinner of the deeds of their chosen lifestyle. It is a word of confrontation. Not waiting to be invited to express one's own opinion, but to confront. Reprove means a face-to-face confrontation of disapproval. As used here in John 3:20, the wicked have a deep set hatred of Jesus, and His Holy Word the Bible because both make a direct confrontation of man's wickedness and man's wicked behavior.
 
THERE IS SOMETHING VERY WRONG WHEN A PERSON BECOMES ANGRY WITH ANOTHER PERSON, SIMPLY BECAUSE THAT PERSON TOLD THEM THE TRUTH!
 
For example. In the year 1535, King Henry VIII, of England, had Sir Thomas More beheaded. Sir Thomas More was Lord Chancellor of the British Empire in toto. Today, this same office would prove equitable with that of Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. More, being a lawyer, made a legal challenge to Henry concerning his practice of multiple marriages and divorces. Henry VIII told More right to his face that he knew More was telling him the truth about what the law said concerning Henry's marital practices. However, this knowledge proved to be of no consequence. Henry still had More arrested, tried for treason and beheaded simply because More would not bend the law to accommodate Henry's glutenous proclivities for lust. This is the very point of which John 3:20 is attempting to bring out. Darkness will always adjoin itself to darkness. And darkness will always exhibit a hostile reaction to Light. And just as this inconvenient fact proved true in the 1535 with Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More, it remains ever the more constant even unto this very day.
 

JOHN 3:21
John 3:21...But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
[21] o de poiwn thn alhqeian ercetai proV to fwV ina fanerwqh autou ta erga oti en qew estin eirgasmena
 
As we come to the final end of this paper, the matter of truth will come up yet again.  In part 2 of this paper, we did a theological/philosophical examination of the question which Pilate asked in John 18:38. Pilate's question was ..."what is truth...?"
 
We examined that as per Jesus in John 14:6 and John 17:17, truth comes in two separate yet identical components. That being, part one of truth is Jesus as per John 14:6. Part 2 of truth is the Written Word of God, the Bible. You see this in John 17:17. What this means is, Jesus is truth and the Bible is truth. Which would mean, the Bible is Jesus and Jesus is the Bible. To reject Jesus is to reject His Word. To reject the Word is to reject Jesus. They both are one in the same.
 
WHEN SOMEONE IS SEARCHING FOR TRUTH, THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR JESUS AND HIS
WRITTEN WORD, THE BIBLE
 
Coming to Light is coming to Jesus. Again, Light and Jesus are synonymously one in the same. The Scriptures are quite clear on this point.
 
John 1:4-5...In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
 
John 1:7...The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
 
John 1:9...That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
 

John 8:12...Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
 
John 9:5...As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
 
John 12:46...I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
 
In both verses 20 & 21, Jesus Christ is both Light and truth.
 
In verse 20, as per the very words of Jesus Himself, if a person lives in sin, then they hate Jesus. They are not going to come to Light/Jesus. They will not come because they do not want this Jesus to confront them about their sins.
 
Then verse 21 continues this same thought. That being, those who live in the truth/Jesus are drawn to Light/Jesus. A person who is drawn to truth/light/Jesus, are those who's deeds and actions are directed by the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
 
In John 3:3, the English word see comes from the Greek word eidw/eido. This word is not about visual eye sight. Instead, it is about understanding or seeing with mental comprehension, a particular point of view. Therefore, what Jesus is saying in John 3:3, is that without regeneration, or being born again, one can never come to a comprehensive understanding of spiritual matters.
 
I would like for us to turn our attention immediately to John 3:5.
 
John 3:5...Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
 
When looking at John 3:3, and then John 3:5, if one is not careful, you will not recognize the subtle, yet profound, differences between the two verses. The wording is so similar in nature. In John 3:3, Jesus speaks of seeing the Kingdom of God while in John 3:5, Jesus speaks of entering the Kingdom of God.

In John 3:3, seeing is a Biblical way of saying understanding or comprehending. The only way to understand or comprehend Bible truth is to be regenerated/born again. To have the Heavenly Father apply the shed blood of His dear Son Jesus Christ to your heart, life and spirit and bring your spirit, the part of you which is God conscious, to life. For according to I Corinthians 2:14, an unsaved person cannot comprehend Bible or spiritual truths.
 
I Corinthians 2:14...But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
 
John 6:63...It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
 
Jesus was teaching this precise, selfsame truth in Matthew 7:13-14. In Matthew 7:14 Jesus uses the English word find. Though the English word find comes from the Greek word euriskw/heurisko, though not the Greek word under consideration in this part of our study, the meaning remains the same. In John 3:3, as in Matthew 7:14, both mean the same thing. Spiritual comprehension due to divine enlightenment. Meaning, that the one and only way to enter Heaven, is through regeneration/born again through and by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Lord Jesus Christ only.
 

Matthew 7:13-14...Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
 
In John 3:5, Jesus teaches that to enter into Heaven one must be born of the water and the spirit. The English word water comes from the Greek word udwr/hudor. The initial meaning of this particular Greek word would be H2O as we would normally understand it. However, water is also a cleansing agent as well. We see this in John 15:3.
 
John 15:3...Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

We see in Ephesians 5:25-26, that the water is a symbolic pictorial for the Word of God or the Bible.
 
Ephesians 5:25-26... Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
 
In John chapter 6, we see Jesus walking on the water. We see this in John 6:19. 
 
John 6:19...So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
 
There are unlimited interpretations and hypothesis concerning Jesus walking on water. And I am not here to argue any of them. However, if I may be permitted to do so, I should wish to add yet another thought to this fray. That being, since water represents the Written Word of God, and there is Jesus standing and walking on it, perhaps this would be a pictorial of when it comes to the teachings, doctrines and theologies of Jesus, that in all things, Jesus stands on the Word and stands on the Word alone.
 
There is also yet another correlation between Jesus and the Word to consider. It begins in John 18:38. This would be at the trial of Jesus before Pilate. In this verse Pilate will ask a very intriguing question. The question is, what is truth?
 
John 18:38... Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. Pursuing the answer to that question will prove quite interesting.

First, in John 14:6, Jesus makes four self-witnessing statements about Himself. First, He is the way, second truth, thirdly, the life, and then fourthly, no man can come unto the Father but by Him.
 
John 14:6...Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. I want you to notice that Jesus makes the self-witnessing statement that He is the truth.
 
THE DOCTRINE OF SELF-WITNESS ARE THOSE STATEMENTS IN THE BIBLE MADE BY JESUS HIMSELF CONCERNING THE FACT OF
HIS OWN DEITY

In John chapter 17, Jesus makes another interesting statement. In John 17:17. That being, that the Word of God, the Bible is truth.
 
John 17:17...Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Let us also remember the words of John the Apostle in John 1:1-2, John 1:14 & I John 1:1-2.

John 1:1-2...In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
 
John 1:14...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
 
I John 1:1-2...That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
 
What this means is, Jesus Christ Himself is the Written Word of God. Jesus Christ is the Bible. And the Bible, the Written Living Word of God, is Jesus Christ. They are both one in the same. They are both inseparable. And to neglect the Bible is to neglect Jesus. And to neglect Jesus is neglecting the Bible. Jesus Christ, was, is and always shall be the Living, Breathing, Perfect, Written Word of the Living God the Father.
 
Which then brings us back to the original question of Pilate in John 18:38, when he asked ...what is truth? The answer is, Jesus is truth. The Written Word of God is truth.   Both are in separately one in the same. Truth will never be found in a the world, the flesh and the devil. Truth is found in the Bible. Truth is found in the person of Jesus. The search for truth in any other media will only lead to an ongoing frustration and deep sense of a doomed failure.
 
This would then mean that since Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus, that based on Romans 10:17, since one cannot be saved until they hear the Word of God, this would then mean that one cannot be saved until they hear the witness of Jesus Himself as presented in His own Written Word.
 
Then there is the promise of Jesus concerning the Bible. It is found in John 4:14.
 
John 4:14...But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
 
What the world offers will never satisfy what you are looking for. People attempt many things in life attempting to satisfy the place which only the Lord Jesus can fill. Not realizing that they make their dilemma only deeper and more foreboding. What Jesus is offering is a water from which we will never thirst again. The water which He offers is not only the Word, but also Himself. For without Jesus and Jesus only, and without the Word, there is no salvation. There is no eternal life.
 
James 1:18...Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
 
Romans 10:17...So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
 
Hebrews 12:2...Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 
As we witnessed in these verses, even Nicodemus spent the entirety of his life hoping that the pomp, circumstance and regalia of religion would savw his soul.  And as we saw so profoundly, it all failed him miserably.
 
The goal of our Heavenly Father in the process of Regeneration/born again, is to eradicate the nature of Satan the devil from the new convert, and replace the nature of Satan with the nature of Jesus Christ. We see this in II Peter 1:4.
 
II Peter 1:4...Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
 
Dr. John F. Walvoord (May 1, 1910-December 20, 2002), on February 6, 1952 was installed as the second president of Dallas Theological Seminary. He remained DTS President until 1986. Dr. Walvoord had these timely and important observations about the importance of Jesus in the Doctrine of Regeneration and Salvation.

Other important undertakings of God, such as the creation of the world, the incarnation of Christ, His resurrection, the second coming, and the creation of the new heavens and the new earth, become meaningless if Jesus Christ did not die. This doctrine is not only the heart of Gospel preaching, but, without it, other doctrines have no relevance. Without the death of Jesus Christ, there would be no sacrifice for sin, no Salvation, no resurrection, and none of the other doctrines that have formed the context of Christian faith from the beginning. Dr. John F. Walvoord
 
In closing and in conclusion on this paper on the Doctrine of Regeneration, the entire doctrine can be summed up in one verse. That verse is John 3:36.
 
John 3:36...He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
 
John 3:17-18...For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
 
II Thessalonians 2:10...And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
 
Psalms 122:6...Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
 
 
I pray that our Heavenly Father will bless you quite richly.

Carl Whorley
816 Virginia Street
Lewistown, MT 59457