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Redemption, Regeneration and How They Relate in Your Experience

How redemption and regeneration are related to your experience of Christ

Redemption and regeneration—they’re two of the most important words in the experience of God full salvation.

Why are they so important? It’s because they’re the foundation for many progressive experiences bringing us on to full growth in Christ.

But first, do we understand what redemption and regeneration mean?

Second, do we understand how they’re related in our experience?

Third, do we realize how we can apply them to our daily Christian life?

Let’s consider these questions—first the meaning of redemption and regeneration, then how they’re related in our experience,  and finally, how we can apply them to our daily Christian life.

Redemption and regeneration—what do they mean and how do they relate in our experience?

Redemption—solves our problems with God and reconciles us to Him

“Redeem” means to purchase back something that was originally yours but became lost. It is to reclaim what is yours at a cost. Redemption was God’s action to recover us to Himself at a great price. This price was the precious blood of Jesus, God’s only Son.

First Peter 1:18-19 says,

“Knowing that it is not with corruptible things, with silver and gold that you were redeemed…but with precious blood, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot, the blood of Christ.”

As believers, we deeply appreciate God’s offering His Son to be our Redeemer. He paid the highest price to redeem us!

But to be our Redeemer, Christ first had to become a man of flesh and blood. He had to live a perfect human life for over thirty years and pass through every trial and temptation without sin. He willing did this for us. He passed every test victoriously!

In this way, He became the One uniquely qualified to die for us on the cross—to become our sinless substitute. His death for us fully satisfied all of God’s righteous requirements on us. So now we simply need to receive by faith what Christ did for us.

Take a moment to pray,

“Lord Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross for me, bearing all my sins away. Thank you for shedding your sinless blood to redeem me. Thank you for bearing God’s judgment on the cross for me, and for making me God’s righteousness in You. Thank you, that now, in You, I’m redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.”

Through Christ’s redemption, the barrier of sin between us and God has been removed. We’re forgiven of our sins, and reconciled to God, so that we can boldly contact Him.

But then what about the sins we often commit in our daily life after being saved?

The redeeming blood of Christ is always effective. So any time we feel some offense between us and God, we simply need to confess to the Lord whatever His light exposes and receive His cleansing.

First John 1:9 says,

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Since God highly values His Son’s blood, we should too. We need to believe God’s sure Word, confess, and receive the application of Christ’s cleansing blood to our sins.  In this way we can enjoy unhindered fellowship with God.

However, redemption is not the end. It is God’s procedure to bring us back to His original intention of receiving and enjoying His divine life through regeneration.

Regeneration—enlivens us with God’s life, bringing us into a relationship of life with Him

Regeneration means to receive another life in addition to the physical life we were born with. It is to receive God’s eternal, divine life in addition to our human natural life as our new source of life. This new birth makes us God’s children.

Christ redeemed us so that, in His resurrection, He could impart God’s divine life into us to regenerate us. That’s the real meaning of being “born again” in the Bible.

First Peter 1:3 says,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Footnote 4 on this verse in the Recovery Version says,

Regeneration, like redemption and justification, is an aspect of God’s full salvation. Redemption and justification solve our problem with God and reconcile us to God; regeneration enlivens us with God’s life, bringing us into a relationship of life, an organic union, with God. Hence, regeneration issues and results in a living hope. Such regeneration is accomplished through the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

Redemption can only make us clean, sinless in God’s eyes, like Adam and Eve were before the fall. But from the beginning, before man sinned, God desired something more. He created us to receive His divine life signified by the tree of life (Gen. 2:9).

Have you been regenerated? Have you received Christ as your life? 

If not, take a moment to pray,

“Lord Jesus, thank you that You not only died on the cross to redeem me, but also to give me Your life in resurrection. Lord, I believe into You and receive You as the eternal life. Come into my spirit and fill me with Yourself as life. I love You.”

If even once you’ve prayed such a prayer, you’re regenerated. You’re born of God to be a child of God!

But is that all? No.

Regeneration is just a start. It’s the beginning to your experience of God’s life.

And this divine life is the most wonderful Person—Christ Himself as the life-giving Spirit living in you (1 Cor. 15:45).

It’s the basis for all the following experiences of life including: spiritual feeding, renewing, growing, sanctification, and transformation into the image of Christ.

Now that we have received this regenerating life, we need to apply it every day. We need to contact Christ as the life in us so that we can be saved in Christ’s life moment by moment.

6 ways we can apply God’s redemption and regeneration in our daily life:

1. Come to the Lord Jesus each morning to enjoy Him as your Savior and life; through regeneration He is now in your spirit.

2. Call on His name to breathe in His Spirit and to drink of Him as the water of life (John 7:37-39).

3. Confess anything that interrupts your fellowship with Jesus (1 John 1:9) .

4. Pray simple prayers, thanking the Lord and telling Him that you love Him (1 Thes. 5:16-18).

5. Feed on God’s Word by pray-reading a few Bible verses each day (Matt. 4:4).

6. Contact the Lord Jesus in your spirit while you’re living your daily life (Rom. 8:4, 14).

In this way you ‘ll enjoy the benefits of redemption and regeneration and grow in Christ in a normal way.

Was there a point in this post that has helped you to grow in Christ?  Please take a moment to share it in a comment.

All verses and quoted footnotes in this post are from the Holy Bible Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. Bibles for America gives away free copies of the New Testament Recovery Version (in USA). You can order yours here or read it online here.

About Tom Smith

Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

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