Which Comes First ?

Think On These Things (Philippians 4:8)

UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES

Which Came First? Faith or Regeneration

July 20, 2005

 

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

 

Put on your thinking caps!  Let me ask you a question.  What do you think: must a person believe in order to be born again, or must one be born again in order to believe?  To restate the question in theological terms, does faith precede regeneration, or does regeneration precede faith? To put it even more precisely, is faith the activity of a regenerated heart, or is it the activity by which we receive regeneration?

       Now, why, some of you may be wondering, would anyone want to ask such an abstract, impractical, and frankly, boring question?  Well, I trust that I can offer a convincing reply.  Indeed, there are at least three reasons why this is an issue of the utmost importance for faithful Christians to understand, and about which…

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