This provides the initial definition of ‘believe’ by equating it with ‘receive.’ When we accept a gift, whether tangible or intangible, we thereby demonstrate our confidence in its reality and trustworthiness. We make it part of our own possessions. By being so received, Jesus gives to those who receive him a right to membership in … Continue reading Great Quotes: Merrill C. Tenney on John 1:12-13 And Faith Preceding Regeneration
Does Jesus Teach That Regeneration Precedes Faith In John 3:3, 6?
Probably the favorite Calvinist proof text for their doctrine of irresistible regeneration is John 3:3, 6. Here Jesus directly addresses the doctrine of the new birth. Calvinists and most Biblical theologians correlate the new birth with regeneration. Jesus tells Nicodemus that no one can "see" or "enter" the Kingdom of God unless they are first … Continue reading Does Jesus Teach That Regeneration Precedes Faith In John 3:3, 6?