The Biblical Doctrine of Regeneration (eBook)

Edited by John Hendryx

in epub, .mobi & .pdf formats

Since faith is infinitely beyond all the power of our unregenerated human nature, it is only God who can give the spiritual ears to hear and eyes to see the beauty of Christ in the gospel. God alone disarms the hostility of the sinner turning his heart of stone to a heart of flesh (2 Cor 4:4-6). It is God, the Holy Spirit, alone who gives illumination and understanding of His word that we might believe; It is God who raises us from the death of sin, who circumcises the heart; unplugs our ears; It is God alone who can give us a new sense, a spiritual capacity to behold the beauty and unsurpassed excellency of Jesus Christ. The apostle John recorded Jesus saying to Nicodemus that we naturally love darkness, hate the light and WILL NOT come into the light (John 3:19, 20). And since our hardened resistance to God is thus seated in our affections, only God, by His grace, can lovingly change, overcome and pacify our rebellious disposition. The natural man, apart from the quickening work of the Holy Spirit, will not come to Christ on his own since he is at enmity with God and cannot understand spiritual things (1 Cor 2:14). Shining a light into a blind man's eyes will not enable him to see, because eyesight first requires a set of healthy eyes. Likewise, reading or hearing the word of God alone cannot elicit saving faith in the reader (1 Thess 1:4, 5) unless God plows up the fallow ground of our hearts and the Spirit "germinates" the seed of the word, opening our eyes to see Christ's true beauty and excellency and uniting us to Him through a Spirit-wrought faith. So the problem of conversion is not with the Word or God's Law but with man's prideful heart. The humility required to submit to the gospel is, therefore, not prompted by man's will but by God's mercy (Rom 9:16) since no one can believe the gospel unless God grants it (John 6:63, 65). As an example of how the Spirit uses the means of the spoken word to disarm closed hearts, the Book of Acts records the work of the Holy Spirit during the preaching of the apostles and, in one instance, states that "the Lord opened her [Lydia's] heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul," (Acts 16:14). The Spirit must likewise give all His people spiritual life and understanding if their hearts are to be opened and thus respond to Christ in faith. Jesus Christ is fount of every blessing, even the blessing of giving us a new heart to believe (Deut 30:6).

In the following eBook we have aggregated content from some of the best essays on Regeneration through the centuries.


Table of Contents


The Necessity of Spirit Working the Grace of Regeneration

Man's Utter Inability to Rescue Himself by Thomas Boston

But Spiritual Discernment is Wholly Lost Until We are Regenerated by John Calvin

Man and Sin by Thomas Manton

I Can't Repent by Ichabod S. Spencer

The Necessity of Regeneration by Stephen Charnock

Human Inability by Charles Spurgeon

The Necessity of the Spirit's Work by Charles Spurgeon

The Necessity of Divine Influences by W.G.T Shedd

Total Depravity by Robert L. Dabney


The Nature and Efficiency of Regeneration

Regeneration by W.G.T Shedd

A Divine and Supernatural Light by Jonathan Edwards

Regeneration by Abraham Kuyper

The Holy Spirit's Work in Bringing Sinners to Faith in Christ by John Owen

Effectual Calling by A. A. Hodge

Regeneration by A.A. Hodge; revised by B.B. Warfield

Regeneration by J.C. Ryle

Regeneration by Ashton Nettleton

A Discourse of the Efficient of Regeneration by Stephen Charnock

Irresistible Grace by John Murray

The Order of Application by John Murray

Effectual Calling and Regeneration by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Calling and Regeneration by Louis Berkhof

Regeneration Necessary to Perceive Beauty / Excellence of the Divine by Charles Hodge

Of Regeneration by John Gill

Regeneration or the New Birth by A. W. Pink

The Holy Spirit's Work in Salvation by A. W. Pink

Regeneration and Conversion by Samuel Hopkins (1721-1803)

Efficacious Grace by Loraine Boettner

Effectual Calling by Francis Turretin

From Grace to Glory by Octavius Winslow (book)

The Wind Blows Where it Wishes by Rev. John Samson

A Simple Explanation of Monergism by John Hendryx

The Nature of Regeneration by Thomas Boston

Effectual Calling; Union With Christ; Regeneration by Francis Beattie

The Spirit Quickening by A. W. Pink

The General Nature of Effectual Application Stated by John Flavel

New Birth, Repentance and Faith by James Buchanan

The Wind of the Holy Ghost Blowing upon the Dry Bones in the Valley of Vision by Mr Ebenezer Erskine


Word and Spirit

The Necessity of the Spirit to Give Effect to the Preaching of the Gospel by Thomas Chalmers

The External and Internal Call by Wilhelmus a Brakel

The Nature, Causes and Means of Regeneration by John Owen

A Discourse on the Word, the Instrument of Regeneration by Stephen Charnoock

The Work of the Holy Spirit in Our Salvation by Thomas Goodwyn

Enlightening the Mind by James Buchanan

The Necessity of Word & Spirit in Conversion by John Calvin

Word & Spirit, Mind & Heart by John Calvin



The Cannons to the Council of Orange 529 A.D. - (related canons highlighted)

Quotes on Monergistic Regeneration from Church History edited by John Hendryx

The Jesus Syllogism: A Biblical Reflection on John 6 by John Hendryx

A Short Response to the Arminian Doctrine of Prevenient Grace by John Hendryx

The Relationship Between Irresistible Grace and the Atonement by John Hendryx

Monergistic Regeneration and the Trinity by John Hendryx

Jesus Christ Fount of Every Blessing by John Hendryx

What does "ordo salutis" mean, and why is it important?


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