Saturday, June 30, 2007

Baptismal Regeneration 6

Another important text regarding regeneration is Matthew 19:28 -- "And Jesus said to them, 'Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'"

Here the idea of regeneration is linked to the eschaton. This shows that the idea of regeneration is larger than an individual experience. Here, all the saints or the whole cosmos (the text is not specific) is in view.

Regeneration/new birth is something that will happen in the future. In the sense Jesus speaks of it here, it has not happened to anyone yet -- except maybe Jesus himself.

More to come ....

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