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Which comes first in the ordo salutis (order of salvation)—faith or regeneration?- Sinclair Ferguson


I think first of all what Jesus said in John
chapter 3 when He said to Nicodemus that unless you’re born from above, which is regeneration,
you’ll neither be able to see or enter the kingdom of God. And we enter the kingdom of God through faith. And so, in that conversation I think it’s
very clear that in order to come to faith first of all God has to give us a new heart. And that’s really what John had said in the
prologue to the gospel as well, that those who came to believe in Him were born not of
the will of the flesh, or the will of man, but born of God. So, when we’re thinking about it, we realize
that logically regeneration grounds our faith. But when we are regenerated, we come to believe. There’s not a gap that we would be able to
detect between being born again and coming to believe. In fact, the way we would recognize that we
had been born again was because that came to expression in our trust in Jesus Christ. So, they’re very intimately related.

Jean Kelley

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Jeff Robertson Posted on October 12, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Nailed it in 15 seconds. Gj Gj bro.

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  2. seeker for gods heart Posted on October 14, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Beautiful!! This video gave me the knowledge that I'm born again!! Gosh I love how god answers prayers!!!!!

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  3. Chris McCullough Posted on December 22, 2018 at 8:38 am

    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved., this text refutes this interpretation of his text🤔 belief precedes regeneration and new birth clearly here!!

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  4. Stacy Caruso Posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    It happens simultaneously–faith and regeneration. Calvin's explanations are depressingly French. With Calvin, there is no free will. And perhaps, there really is no free will. So what? Love Christ and forget intellectual crap.

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  5. robert romero Posted on October 11, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    This is new theology that faith is a given by God….. Is it accurate in
    JOHN 316…Believing is a command and need man decision to believe in Jesus… And confess Him as Lord and Saviour of His life

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  6. Tan Ewelee Posted on October 17, 2019 at 1:06 am

    (Joh 1:13)  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

    I respectfully disagreed with your teaching. You quoted joh1:13 which I fully agreed that the regeneration is fully the work of God through His Spirit but what does Joh1:12 said; (Joh 1:12)  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" It said "but as many as received or believed in Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God". I believed in the Sovereignty of God and also the responsibility of men either to receive or to reject the free gift of salvation. In the bible there are approximately 200 times God commanded man to believe.
    (Joh 20:31)  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

    (Joh 5:40)  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

    Thank you

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