Justification, Regeneration, and the Witness of the Spirit

Biblical Justification is a pardon granted by God upon the soul of man who trusts in Christ for the forgiveness of sins. After repentance and trusting in the death of Christ alone, God’s justice declares a sinner innocent from all sins committed in the past. Justification by Grace removes the guilt of sin from the human conscience. In a judicial sense a believer is declared righteous by the Justification of God through faith alone in the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. God’s Justification deals with the acts of sin and not the inherited sinful nature.

• Acts 13:38-39…Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

• Rom 3:24-25…being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past

*Regeneration is the Spirit’s restoration of the human soul that saves a believer from eternal death and separation from the mercy of God. A justified man right in the presence of God is passed to life through regeneration. Life in the New Testament is two fold: First, a present life consisting of holiness of heart and obedience to God: Second, to an inherited eternal life which follows death to the physical body beyond the grave. Washing of regeneration, an inward work of the Holy Ghost is granted to a believer by the Mercy and Grace of God through Justification.

• Titus 3:5…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 3:6-7…Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

When a penitent sinner is cleansed from all sin the moral make-up is also restored in Christ. The Holy Spirit re-creates the inner being of a believer through the new birth. This re-creation includes a Divine nature. The mind, conduct, and desires of one born of God are conscious to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. This person knows God from the heart because of communion in the Spirit. Unlike the sinner, a regenerate man has strength to stop sinning and quit doing wrong as consciousness to the presence of the Holy Spirit takes away sinful desire. The divine nature produces a new desire to live holy and without sin as a child of God should.

• 1 John 3:9…Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.

• 1 John 4:4… because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Through God’s regenerative work the Holy Spirit bears witness with the spirit of man. This union confirms in the heart of a believer that he’s a child of God and his sins are forgiven.
The *witness of the Holy Spirit testifies Christ inwardly to a believer and brings to knowledge a life of holiness and obedience to God. Every believer has this witness in himself.

• Rom 8:16…The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

• 1 John 5:10…He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:

***The intent of this Blog is to first bring clarity to the Biblical terms Justification, Regeneration, and Witness of the Spirit unused in everyday language and second, to confirm an actual Christian experience and its relation to the scriptural reference given…Rick Roehm

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Since 1988 I’ve been writing and doing service for the Lord. It all began in 1987 after a personal walk began with the Lord. This personal walk with the Lord I speak of turned into extensive Bible studies and later evolved into blogging in early 2000. At present I write, author, and publish several different sites on the Internet. My Blogs contain a vast library of Theological writings, teaching videos, and preaching audios that currently go around the globe for the cause of Christ. I write at Christian Blessings on Wordpress, Holy Hubert Lindsey Group on Facebook, Churches on Trial at Google, publish You Tube videos, record sermons at holy.sermon.net, etc. I also pastor a Church called the Upper Room in Williamsburg, Ohio . My secular Blog called Southwestern Ohio Fishing on Wordpress is where I write about experiences with my son and fishing partner Chad where we together enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty mixed with Father God’s creation. At Southwestern Ohio Fishing Blog I also publish favorite recipes for those who enjoy eating and cooking as much as this writer does. Thanks for sharing your time and life with this writer at the Blogs. Here's more access to my ministry and fishing Blog if you'd care to check them out further. Bible Truth Christian Blessings Holy Hubert Group Facebook Churches on Trial Hubert Lindsey YouTube videos The Upper Room Southwestern Ohio Fishing Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it! God Bless!
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4 Responses to Justification, Regeneration, and the Witness of the Spirit

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  2. wayneman says:

    Rick, what you have written is totally correct and I agree wholeheartedly. Justification does come after repentance. But what constitutes this true repentance that the apostle Paul in Romans is declaring? The elucidation of how one comes to repentance is found in Rom. 6. To not “continue in sin” one must be “dead to sin” (v. 1-2). The state of being “dead to sin” then is realized when we are “baptized into His death” (v. 3). That is being “baptized into Jesus Christ.” [Water baptism is an outward symbolic witness as to the inward spiritual transformation.]
    How are we “baptized into His death”? “We are buried with Him by baptism into death” (v. 4). We take it on faith that we can surrender up our old sinful nature and let it die with Christ on the cross. For “Christ was made to be sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” When He died, our old Adamic sinful heart died with Him. Then when He was buried, our old sinful heart was buried. And “like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in a newness of life” (v. 4).
    “Our old self is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin’ (v. 5-7).
    We are “freed from sin” because our old self is dead in God’s eyes–by just believing it. This is the repentance He is talking about. And this brings with it justification. This is “repentance from death works and faith toward God”–the first two tenets of the apostles’ doctrine found in Hebrews 6: 1-3. It is the foundation and the first principles of the doctrine of Christ.
    What is interesting is that many brothers and sisters have realized astounding transformations in their Christian lives, walking in this newness of life. I offer this to share with all just what happened in their hearts. We simply must know to better be able to explain the reason for the hope that lies within us.
    God continue to bless you, Rick, in your labors for our Master and LORD. Kenneth Wayne Hancock

    • rickroehm says:

      God breaks the human will from sin. Brokenness allows sinful men to believe and trust Christ. When man is broken he will “quit” his meanness. He turns from sin – forsakes sin – and finds Christ. God Bless you also.

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