Today’s study is probably one of the texts Jesus had in mind when He discussed regeneration with Nicodemus (John 3:1–8). In the new covenant that follows the exile of Israel, the Spirit gives life unparalleled in its abundance. This life is from Christ alone and begins, imperceptibly, in the individual’s heart. But over time, the life deepens and grows so that via the ministry of His church, God reaches His elect. When the elect are all redeemed, the Lord will renew the whole world.
By faith we “are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Eph. 2:19). In the kingdom, one Christian is not “more of a citizen” than another Christian. There is not one class of believers that has access to the King in a way that another class of believers does not. In Christ, we have all that we need to be full members of the Lord’s people. Even when we feel like our faith is weak, we who trust Jesus have as many privileges in the kingdom as those whose faith is stronger.