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Water and the Spirit

As noted in the previous post about water in John 3, baptism doesn’t save anyone – it is, rather, the external sign of inner conversion by the Holy Spirit. The Bible never teaches regeneration through baptism. Yet baptism is an external sign of regeneration once rebirth has taken place in a believer’s life. In Mark 16:16,

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Nicodemus

Salvation is God’s Work

Spiritual birth is something one undergoes, not something one produces. As our efforts and activities had nothing to do with our natural conception and birth, so in an analogous way but on a far higher plane, regeneration is not a work of ours. As soon as Jesus said, “unless one is born again he cannot

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spring-meadows

The Impossibility of Self-Regeneration

4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. [ESV] We’re

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