Spiritual Law of Regeneration
Most people consider death the end of existence, but the Bible shows us physical death is a transition to existence in the spiritual realm. In the same way, most consider losing something of value as undesirable, whereas the Bible shows us a loss in the physical realm actually can cause regeneration in both the physical and spiritual realms.
As Jesus faced death by crucifixion, he told his disciples, “unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (Jn 12:24). After his death, anyone who has faith in him would do even greater works than he did because he was going to the Father (Jn 14:12), who would send the Holy Spirit to empower them (Jn 15:26; 16:7; Acts 1:8). So through his physical death, Jesus made it possible for his disciples and multiplied followers to continue his work, eventually throughout the world.
This is the Law of Regeneration, which is different from the Laws of Increase and Reciprocity because it actually involves a death or other major loss and produces multiplied results. For example, at another time Jesus told his disciples, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life” (Lk 18:29-30). Giving up one’s home or family for the sake of God’s kingdom would be a major sacrifice, but Jesus assures us such a person would receive much more than he gave up, in addition to eternal life. This is more than a reward for faithful service; it’s a multiplied replacement or regeneration after a major sacrifice.
The ultimate personal example of regeneration will be our transformation when the Lord takes us home (1 Co 15:50-54). Our present physical bodies are temporal, perishable, extremely limited and completely unsuited for our eternal destinies. We will literally be changed as God regenerates us with bodies that are fully compatible with the spiritual realm and capable of far more than we can imagine now. It’s our faith in Jesus’ death for our sins that guarantees that regeneration. But the sacrifice required of us is to make Jesus the Lord of our lives rather than live for ourselves, to figuratively die to the world, to figuratively crucify our old nature with its sinful attitudes and behaviors. The world would view such actions as major sacrifices, but we make them out of love for God and gratefulness for what he did for us, and what he gives us in return far exceeds what we sacrificed.
Regeneration is a spiritual law, so when we sacrifice something very important to us for the sake of God’s kingdom, we can anticipate multiplied blessings in this life and transformation in eternity.