Union with Christ and Regeneration

Dr. Lane G. Tipton, the Charles Krahe Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, teaches on regeneration in this special presentation from Alive with Christ: Saving Union with Christ. This series of addresses comes from the Fall Seminar on Reformed Theology, held on November 12 and 13th 2011 at Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Ringoes, NJ. This is the second installment of the series. The entire series is as follows:

  1. A Biblical Overview: Dr Richard Gaffin
  2. Regeneration: Dr Lane Tipton
  3. The Good Work Begun: Dr Richard Gaffin
  4. Sanctification: Dr Lane Tipton
  5. Questions and Answers
  6. The Gateway into Fellowship with the Triune God: Rev. Jeff Waddington (Sunday School)
  7. The Gospel: Dr Lane Tipton (Sunday morning service)
  8. Glorification: Rev. James Cassidy (Sunday evening service)

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Out And About 11/20/2011 » All Things Expounded

6 years ago

[…] great series! I’ve listened to A Biblical Overview of Union with Christ by Richard Gaffin and Union With Christ and Regeneration by Lane Tipton. You can find all 8 messages at […]

Ben H.

6 years ago

I think we should want a more Trinitarian construct in our association between regeneration and the resurrection of Christ. Dr. Tipton equates the utterly passive position of the believer at the moment of regeneration with the passive state of Jesus dead body at the moment of His resurrection when God the Father raised Him from the dead (Eph. 2: 4-5). While this seems to be what Paul is saying in Ephesians, the overall biblical emphasis affirms that all the members of the Godhead are involved monergistically in salvation (I think Dr. Tipton would agree with this). Similarly, all the the members of the Godhead were involved in the resurrection of Christ. God the Son was not a passive agent in His physical resurrection, but very much active. Although Jesus’ human nature was laying lifeless in the grave, His divine nature was at the same time united with His dead body and invigorated His body into resurrection life (See John 2:19). Scripture also shows God the Holy Spirit involved in the resurrection of Christ in Romans 1:3.

If we explain the resurrection as a sole act of any one member of the Trinity, I think we are causing a major disruption in our covenant theology, particularly in the covenant of redemption, which is a pact within the Godhead that God the Father sends the Son, the Son accomplishes the work of redemption, and the Holy Spirit applies that salvation to all those who are brought into that union with Christ. And to properly parallel the resurrection of Christ to the regeneration of the believer, we would say that God in His Triune Nature (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) gives life to the sinner, who is dead in trespasses, just as He, in His Triune nature, raised Jesus from the dead, thereby accomplishing the covenant of redemption.
I thought I’d post this because Dr. Tipton’s explanation about union with Christ at regeneration seemed to disrupt covenant theology to a certain extent. What do you guys think?

Ben H.

6 years ago

I just posted a comment, but its not showing up. Could this be issues related to my name or email address?

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6 years ago

Ben, for some reason the spam filter caught your comments. I’ve marked them “not spam.” Are you posting nefariously elsewhere to get this reputation? 🙂

Ben H.

6 years ago

Thank you. I certainly am not using profanity. I’ll try to re post.

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6 years ago

I recovered the comment. There’s no need to repost. Thanks for alerting us to the issue. We greatly appreciate edifying comments.

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