We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given and that man has no active role in this work. Man is passive in regeneration, as evidence by Scripture referring to it as being “born” or being “born again” (John 1:13 ; 3:3-8 ; Titus 3:5 ; James 1:18 ; 1 Peter 1:3 ). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24 ), when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works will be its proper evidence and fruit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ; Ephesians 2:10 ), and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of God (Ephesians 5:17-21 ; Philippians 2:12b ; Colossians 3:16 ; 2 Peter 1:4-10 ). This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18 ).