Pilate’s Need and Yours: Regeneration

While Jesus stands before Pilate he proclaims this “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37). What we see in this passage is Jesus bringing Pilate to see his need for the truth.  Pilate thinks that Jesus is insignificant to his life as long as Jesus does not cause a revolt or military war.  Jesus corrects Pilate’s misunderstanding with this confession to him.  Jesus proclaims that he “bears witness to the truth” and “everyone who is of the truth listens to His voice”.  This explains Pilate’s condescending response, “What is truth” (v. 38). Jesus sought to make clear to Pilate and to make clear to us, he calls people to become part of “the truth”.  Jesus is calling for a supernatural transformation.  There are many terms that the Bible uses for this transformation but here are a few.

  • Regeneration
    • Titus 3:5 “he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit”
  • Reconciliation
    • Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
  • New Birth
    • John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
    • John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
    • 1 Peter 1:23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God
  • Born of God
    • John 1:13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
    • 1 John 3:9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.
    • 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
    • 1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.
    • 1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
    • 1 John 5:18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
  • Made Alive
    • Ephesians 2:1–7 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
  • Made a New Creation
    • 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.