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ARTICLE 12

REGENERATION IS THE WORK OF GOD ALONE

This conversion is the regeneration, the new creation, the raising from the dead, the making alive,1 so highly spoken of in the Scriptures, which God works in us without us. But this regeneration is by no means brought about only by outward teaching, by moral persuasion, or by such a mode of operation that, after God has done His part, it remains in the power of man to be regenerated or not regenerated, converted or not converted. It is, however, clearly a supernatural, most powerful, and at the same time most delightful, marvellous, mysterious, and inexpressible work. According to Scripture, inspired by the Author of this work, regeneration is not inferior in power to creation or the raising of the dead.2 Hence all those in whose hearts God works in this amazing way are certainly, unfailingly, and effectually regenerated and do actually believe.3 And then the will so renewed is not only acted upon and moved by God but, acted upon by God, the will itself also acts. Therefore man himself is rightly said to believe and repent through the grace he has received.

1 Jn 3:3; 2 Cor 4:6; 5:17; Eph 5:14.

2 Jn 5:25; Rom 4:17.

3 Phil 2:13.