1Pet 1: 3 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, 4 Unto an inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, kept in the heavens for you, 5 Who are being guarded by the power of God through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed at the last time;
[Part 1 of 2] God has regenerated us in our spirit. The element, the substance, God used to regenerate us is His own life. Furthermore, this regeneration with God's life was accomplished by a Person, that is, by God's Spirit. As a result of this regeneration, we have received God's eternal salvation and His eternal life. In this sense we have already received God's salvation. No one can deny that we have received God's salvation in its first stage. We have received two things that are eternal--eternal salvation and eternal life. Because we have been regenerated and have received God's eternal salvation and eternal life, we have become God's children. As children of God, we shall never perish. This truth should strengthen us and keep us from the erroneous teaching that says if we sin after we have been saved, we shall perish. That teaching is nonsensical and is absolutely not according to the truth. Once we have received God's eternal salvation, we are saved forever, for eternity. God's eternal salvation is not dispensational; it is not temporary. Because it is an eternal salvation, we shall never perish. (Continued tomorrow) (c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of First Peter, pp. 57-58. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: email@example.com.
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