Question #32: Were OT believers regenerated in the same way as believers in the present age?
Answer: Yes, of course. However, “Regeneration of the Spirit is not mentioned specifically, though some feel that the Spirit was regenerating in the Old Testament because believers give evidence of a struggle within their beings brought on by the presence of both the old and new” (Basic Theology, 402).
The regeneration work of the Holy Spirit is the same by virtue of the implications of the doctrine of God’s immutability. He saves people throughout the ages by grace through faith alone. That salvation is of the Lord is attested to by at least two Old Testament saints. David wrote, “Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people” (Ps 3:8).
And later, Jonah the reluctant prophet concurred: “But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).
One-Minute Theology with Chaplain T features the question and answer portions of the Systematic Theology courses that were part of my seminary work at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School. I will be posting one Q & A everyday until my ordination council meeting set for February 2014.
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