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Wesley on Regeneration (Part 2)

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Lesson

Regeneration is an instantaneous supernatural change that begins the process of sanctification. It is God alone who forgives sin and makes a person holy. The first “liberty” of the gospel is freedom from the guilt of sin. The second “liberty” of the gospel is the deliverance from the power and dominion of sin. The marks of the new birth are faith, hope and love. Wesley defines sin as a willful transgression of a known law of God. Wesley is not saying that one who is regenerated will never sin again, but open, willful sin and rejecting God should be the exception rather than the rule. Obedience of faith refers to the power of someone who is regenerated to obey the commandments of God. The greatest freedom of all is the freedom to love God and love our neighbor.

Outline

II. Defining Regeneration [Grayed out because continued from previous lecture]

D. Temporal elements of the new birth

E. New birth as liberating change

1. Three marks of the new birth are faith, hope and love

2. Wesley defines sin as a willful transgression of a known law of God

F. Freedom to love God and neighbor

1. Obedience of faith

2. Freedom to love God and neighbor

3. Love is the greatest mark of a child of God

III. Questions and Answers