Five Solas


Rousas John Rushdoony The Biblical Philosophy of History Chapter Four

Rousas John Rushdoony The Biblical Philosophy of History Chapter Four

4. Regeneration and History

RousasJohn Rushdoony

The Biblical Philosophy of History, Vallecito, California: Ross House Books, 2000, pp.31-33

1. The Biblical Philosophy of History
2. The Dimension of Victory
3. The Dimension of Time
4. Regeneration and History
5. The Concept of an Ultimate Decree
6. Eternalizing Time
7. Truth and Historical Action
8. Inescapable Knowledge
9. Incarnation and History
10. Comte’s Law and History
11. The Virgin Birth and History
12. The Denial of History by the Historians
13. The Tree of Life
1. American History: Meaning and Resources
2. The Heresy of the Faithful


Chapter Four
Regeneration and History

 Some years ago, Westcott observed, “The great mystery of religion is not the punishment, but the forgiveness, of sin: not the natural permanence of Character, but spiritual regeneration.”1 The problem of social and personal regeneration has been a major concern of both religion and philosophy, and the basic conclusions have been clearly pessimistic. (p.31)

 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5). The water signifies forgiveness of sins, purification, as set forth in baptism. The past is not destroyed; forgiveness covers it, and the totality of the past is now used for good, our good and God's glory (Rom. 8:28). The Spirit means that man's regeneration is the act of God the Holy Spirit, Who regenerates man into the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ. The work of regeneration is not destructive but creative. God so loved the world, His creation (John 3:16), that He is re-creating it by saving men, a first step towards “the times of restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21). (p.33)