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The Laver

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The laver, by Ty Gybson. Laymen Ministry News, Summer - Fall 1994, page 14.

The Laver of Regeneration. The laver was a large, bath-like basin in which the Hebrew priests cleansed themselves before entering the temple. In the Christian experience, when the Lord forgives us our sins, He also cleanses us from the filthiness of unrighteousness. "For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of our God our Saviour appeared, not of works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:3-7). At conversion, the new believer is given the gift of the Holy Spirit as a washing, regenerating in the heart and life. The Holy Spirit draws the attention and affections of the soul to Christ, creating hatred for sin and a desire for holiness. The resulting and ongoing regeneration accomplishes a transformation of the tastes, motives, desires, inclinations, and the whole focus of the life.