Regeneration is a fundamental teaching in the doctrine of salvation. It is a work of God on behalf of man and in man. The word “regeneration” occurs only twice in the Bible (Matt. 19:28 and Titus 3:5). In both places the Greek word used is παλιγγενεσία paliggenesia, which means the “the state of being renewed… [the] experience of a complete change of life, rebirth of a redeemed person.”
- On the basis of this text [Tit. 3:5], the word “regeneration” has been chosen by theologians to express the concept of new life, new birth, spiritual resurrection, the new creation, and, in general, a reference to the new supernatural life that believers receive as sons of God. In the history of the church, the term has not always had accurate usage, but properly understood, it means the origination of the eternal life which comes into the believer in Christ at the moment of faith, the instantaneous change from a state of spiritual death to a state of spiritual life.
Regeneration by the Holy Spirit
Regeneration is accomplished by God for those who believe in Jesus as Savior (John 1:12-13; 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:17; Tit. 3:5). Though God the Father and God the Son are involved in our new life (John 5:21; Jam. 1:17-18), Scripture directs us to view it also as a work of God the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-7; Tit. 3:5).
Eternal Life Imparted by Regeneration
The believer who trusts in Jesus as Savior is given eternal life (John 3:16; 10:28; 20:31). This means the lost person is transferred from a place of spiritual death to spiritual life (John 1:13; Rom. 6:13; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:1-5). (Read page 99)
The Results of Regeneration
Our regeneration as born again persons is the foundation upon which all other Christian experiences are based. (Read pages 99-100)
 William Arndt et al., A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 752.
 Lewis Sperry Chafer; John F. Walvoord; Major Bible Themes (Grand Rapids, Mich. Zondervan Publishing, 2010), 97-98.