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The purpose of regeneration is to make us spiritual people, those who live and walk by the Spirit.  This life is a life of intimate communion with God in Christ.  Though believers are made new creatures in Christ, this does not mean that their created nature is qualitatively transformed.  Believers remain fully human, fully created image-bearers of God as in the beginning.  As in creation itself, no new substance enters into the world with redemption; the creature is liberated from sins futility and bondage.  Sin is not of the essence of creation but its deformity; Christ is not a second Creator but creation’s Redeemer.  Salvation is the restoration of creation and the reformation of life.  Redemption is not coercive; it delivers the people from the compulsion and power of sin.  The new life comes from God and is born of his love.

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