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Regeneration

Also termed the 'new birth', this refers to the entry into salvation by the pardoned sinner, involving the full realisation of becoming a child of God. Fear and sin are replaced by adoption through faith in Christ into the family of the redeemed. This inward change in the believer, enables growth into the image of God. Baptism may be understood as the sign of the reality of the new birth or as a sealing in anticipation of its fulfilment. Regeneration must lead to increasing holiness, or it may be made void by falling away from proffered grace. For John Wesley it was imperative for the life of faith. It is not a static condition or relationship, but must demonstrate the marks of the new birth, such as ever-developing transformation and anticipation of the full potential of grace.

Sources

  • Sermons by JW on 'The New Birth' and 'The Great Privilege of those that are Born of God'
  • Kenneth Collins, John Wesley on Salvation (Grand Rapids, 1989)
  • Randy L. Maddox, Responsible Grace: John Wesley's Practical Theology (Nashville, 1994) pp.77-9

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