Having examined, to some degree, the effects of death
upon the spirit, soul, and body of man, what may we say
will be the effect of being regenerated—brought back to
life by the Spirit of God? As we have already brought
forth, there is a difference between what happens to a
believer in Christ as opposed to an unbeliever. All
mankind are born spiritually dead, being separated from
God because of our imperfect nature passed down to us
from Adam. However, those who are in Christ have
been born from above, or born again by the Spirit of God
to a new life and relationship with God. Those who are
in Christ become the temple of God as His Spirit
now dwells within them. All of this is accomplished
apart from anything we may try to do to save ourselves
or to endear ourselves to God. We were “dead in
trespasses and sins,” and a dead man cannot do
anything for himself. Our rebirth came about because
“God who is rich in mercy” came to us and quickened
us to a new life in Christ. The Spirit of Christ has now
joined Himself with our spirit in a union whereby we
have become the bride of Christ—we have become part of
His spiritual body. Thus the life-giving flow of God’s
Spirit not only gives us union with God again,
rejuvenating us spiritually, but He now lives in us; and
He is forever vitally united with us, raising us from
the dead to eternal life.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born
when he is old? can he enter the second time into his
mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that
which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born
8 The wind
bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound
thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and
whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the
Cor 3:16 Know ye
not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit
of God dwelleth in you?
Tit 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;
Rom 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in
due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet
peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in
trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course
of this world, according to the prince of the power of
the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times
past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires
of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the
children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love
wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit
together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding
riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through
8 For by grace
are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Cor 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and
members in particular.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Furthermore, the light of God’s presence begins to shine
into the dark caverns of our soul. Using God’s Word, He
exposes the dirt and filthiness of our former life in
the flesh, and He begins to reveal to us what our new
life is in Christ. Thus the process of the redemption of
our soul begins, which we also call practical
sanctification. Whereas the spirit of man is immediately
brought into the new life in Christ, the soul must make
a long journey before it is brought completely into the
life and image of its Redeemer.
Psa 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the
fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of
the river of thy pleasures.
9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light
shall we see light.
Pet 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you
through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us
all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that hath called us to
glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the
divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is
in the world through lust.
Pet 1:19 We have
also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well
that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a
dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise
in your hearts:
Cor 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of
shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Thess 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you
wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul
and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ
John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not
of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
process, or journey is pictured in the nation of Israel
as they were brought forth out of Egypt to go to the
Promised Land. This journey began with the destruction
of all the false gods of Egypt, the sacrificial
deliverance of the Passover Lamb, then their passing
through the Red Sea, which was their baptism—the picture
of our death, burial, and resurrection in Christ. Then
came all the experiences of the wilderness, with all of
its trials and temptations that brought about the death
of the first generation—the old man of sin. Finally,
they crossed over Jordan, the river of separation
between their old life and their new life in the
Promised Land. Their journey ended with entering into
the Promised Land—which to us is not Heaven, as some
would teach, but the victorious life of abiding in
Christ. This was not the end of their struggles however;
they still fought many spiritual battles, and found
themselves being overcome again and again by their
Exo 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel,
saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall
take to them every man a lamb, according to the
house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let
him and his neighbour next unto his house take it
according to the number of the souls; every man
according to his eating shall make your count for the
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of
the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or
from the goats:
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of
the same month: and the whole assembly of the
congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on
the two side posts and on the upper door post of the
houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast
with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs
they shall eat it.
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but
roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the
morning; and that which remaineth of it until the
morning ye shall burn with fire.
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded,
your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand;
and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover.
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night,
and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt,
both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt
I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the
houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will
pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you
to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Exo 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea;
and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east
wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the
waters were divided.
22 And the
children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon
the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on
their right hand, and on their left.
Cor 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should
be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the
cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2 And were all
baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
Num 14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice,
and cried; and the people wept that night.
2 And all the children of Israel murmured against
Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said
unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of
Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this
land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our
children should be a prey? were it not better for us to
return into Egypt?
4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain,
and let us return into Egypt.
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all
the assembly of the congregation of the children of
6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of
Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land,
rent their clothes:
7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of
Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to
search it, is an exceeding good land.
8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into
this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with
milk and honey.
9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye
the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their
defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us:
fear them not.
10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones.
And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of
the congregation before all the children of Israel.
11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this
people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they
believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed
Num 14:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron,
27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation,
which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of
the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD,
as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
29 Your carcases
shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were
numbered of you, according to your whole number, from
twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against
30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning
which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the
son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey,
them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which
ye have despised.
32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in
33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness
forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your
carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the
land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye
bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall
know my breach of promise.
35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all
this evil congregation, that are gathered together
against me: in
this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they
Deu 9:1 Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan
this day, to go in to possess nations greater and
mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to
2 A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims,
whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who
can stand before the children of Anak!
3 Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God
is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire
he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down
before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and
destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.
4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy
God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my
righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess
this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the
LORD doth drive them out from before thee.
5 Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness
of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land:
but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God
doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may
perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
6 Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth
thee not this good land to possess it for thy
righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.
7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the
LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day
that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until
ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against
Josh 5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty
years in the wilderness, till all the people that were
men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed,
because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto
whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the
land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he
would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
7 And their children, whom he raised up in their stead,
them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised,
because they had not circumcised them by the way.
8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising
all the people, that they abode in their places in the
camp, till they were whole.
9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled
away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the
name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.
10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and
kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at
even in the plains of Jericho.
11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the
morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched
corn in the selfsame day.
12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had
eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the
children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of
the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
13 And it came
to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up
his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over
against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua
went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or
for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the
LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the
earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my
lord unto his servant?
15 And the captain of the LORD's host said unto Joshua,
Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon
thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so
Judg 2:11 And the children of Israel did evil in the
sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:
12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers,
which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and
followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were
round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and
provoked the LORD to anger.
13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and
14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel,
and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that
spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their
enemies round about, so that they could not any longer
stand before their enemies.
15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was
against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the
LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly
16 Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which
delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled
17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges,
but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed
themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way
which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments
of the LORD; but they did not so.
18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the
LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the
hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it
repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason
of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that
they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their
fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to
bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own
doings, nor from their stubborn way.
20 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel;
and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed
my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have
not hearkened unto my voice;
21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from
before them of the nations which Joshua left when he
22 That through them I may prove Israel, whether they
will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their
fathers did keep it, or not.
23 Therefore the LORD left those nations, without
driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them
into the hand of Joshua.
like manner, the redemption of our soul begins with the
destruction of all the false images we have of ourselves
and of God—our Egypt. We are redeemed by the blood of
the Lamb of God—our Passover. We are baptized into the
body of Christ—our Red Sea. We also wander around in the
wilderness of ignorance and unbelief until the soul
comes to the end of itself and the ways of the flesh—our
Wilderness of Sin.
Then, by the Living Waters of God’s Spirit—our Jordan—we
are brought to see the truth of the Christ life.
In the crossing of our Jordan we enter into our new life
and the victorious living of abiding in Christ—our
Promised Land. However, just as Israel fought many
battles after entering Canaan, even so the trials of our
soul will not end until we enter Heaven and are made
ready to stand before our Saviour. We will be often
drawn away from our faith in Christ; and God, in
faithfulness and love, will chasten us to turn us back
to the truth.
Cor 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may
be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ
our passover is sacrificed for us:
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him,
and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh
away the sin of the world.
Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into
one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we
be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath
said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that
believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost
was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the
branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in
the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth
in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a
branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast
them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall
ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much
fruit; so shall ye be my disciples
Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which
speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not
thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art
rebuked of him:
6 For whom the
Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial
which is to try you, as though some strange thing
happened unto you:
Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to
him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and
his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was
granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean
and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of
may we now say is the benefit to the body for those who
are born again in Christ? As concerning this life, very
little is to be expected. Indeed, our carnal life, that
old man of sin that still abides in our bodies, will not
get any better. Contrariwise, we shall find, that he
will wax worse and worse as God probes deeper into the
life of the flesh to redeem our souls from its grasp.
The spiritual man will be in constant warfare against
this adversary, and will find that he loses many battles
against him. We shall discover as Paul did, “for I
know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good
thing.” Like the murderers of ancient times who had
the dead bodies of their victims tied to them; then, for
days had to endure the stench and weight of this burden;
so we shall have to drag about this sinful flesh, and
struggle against its habits, lusts, and desires; until
one day we are released from it, either in death or in
the rapture of the saints. Now, in a practical way, if
we restrain our flesh through the power of the Holy
Spirit to bring it under control, we may experience a
healthier, happier life. This comes about as we are
brought to live a more physically wholesome lifestyle in
Christ. For Christians, their bodies are the temple of
the Holy Spirit, and He is sure to change everything
about us to some degree; but this body, which is now an
enemy of the new man, cannot be changed, only
restrained. However, at the coming of Christ for His
saints, and the resurrection of the just, we will be
given a new body made like unto His glorious body. Then
we will experience our life in Christ completely—with
our spirit, soul, and body made whole in Christ.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my
flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is
present with me; but how to perform that which is good I
Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into
temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the
flesh is weak.
Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye
shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the
Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one
to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that
Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the
temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye
have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God
in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:
but if ye
through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye
Cor 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is
temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a
corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I,
not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep
under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that
by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself
should be a castaway.
Tim 4:8 For
bodily exercise profiteth little:
but godliness is profitable unto all things, having
promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to
Phil 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men.
The Lord is at hand.
Cor 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not
all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall
be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and
this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on
incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying
that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Phil 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may
be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according
to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all
things unto himself.
John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of
God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God,
and it doth not yet appear
what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall
appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he
Having now seen some of the effects of regeneration upon
man, and that this is brought about by the working of
the Holy Spirit in our lives, what might we say is the
process by which He brings these changes about? The
Spirit’s work in our lives does not mean some mindless
influence over us, whereby we are miraculously and
instantly changed apart from any other catalyst. His
work involves bringing us to know the truth; and it is
the truth that will free us from the life of the flesh
and show us the path to our new life in Christ. With
that thought in mind, let us now proceed to understand
the truths that He uses to create in us this new life.
John 6:63 It is
the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and
they are life.
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say
unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:
but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall
be free indeed.
John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but
ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he
will guide you into all truth: for he shall not
speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that
shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Note the expression God
uses, “Your carcases,” metaphorically
referring to the life of the flesh of those who
are in Christ.
Not any at all, but
“little” as regarding our life in Christ.
Meaning we should get the proper exercise to
maintain the health of the body, but not spend
an improper amount of time, as many do, to
glorify the flesh.