He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we would be justified [made free of the guilt of sin] by His [compassionate, undeserved] grace, and that we would be [acknowledged as acceptable to Him and] made heirs of eternal life [actually experiencing it] according to our hope (His guarantee). – Titus 3:5-7
The newness we have by virtue of our regeneration now is the firstfruits of the greater newness we will have when our bodies are made new as a part of the universe being made new. – John Piper
Without the spiritual washing of the soul, a cleansing accomplished only by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, no one can enter God’s kingdom. – John MacArthur
Regeneration is the spiritual transformation in a person, brought about by the Holy Spirit, that brings the individual from being spiritually dead to become a spiritually alive human being. Regeneration is another way of speaking about the new birth or the second birth or being born again. – J.I. Packer
“Regeneration” means re-birth. The Greek word has two parts: again and to become. At salvation we become something that we were not before. For a person to become a Christian, he needs a second birth. Spiritual birth, not works of righteousness, gives eternal life. God imparts divine life into our souls at salvation.
The “washing” here is internal cleansing of the soul by rebirth of the Holy Spirit. God washes us from sin by the blood of Christ. This cleansing produces new life in Christ.
The Holy Spirit is revealed as the agent who effects this amazing change in a person. Apparently here the continuing process of the Spirit’s work is not primarily in mind, but the instantaneous change which takes place at conversion. (Note the aorist tense: “He saved us”.) Of course this renewing ministry of the Holy Spirit does continue daily in the believer. – Donald Norbie
In our Christian life this laver of bronze is Christ Himself: after passing through God’s judgement on the cross, Christ became in resurrection a life-giving Spirit, and as the Spirit He washes us, cleanses us, and removes all the dirty of the natural man and the world for us so that we may serve God and enjoy Him.
“In status this salvation is made ours through the outward seal of baptism; in vital experience it comes through the inner quickening by the Spirit.” – A.M. Stibbs
Jesus answered, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. – John 3:5
J Vernon McGee explains that “this washing of regeneration is what the Lord was speaking about in the third chapter of John. The water represents the Word of God—the Bible will wash you. It has a sanctifying power, a cleansing power. We are cleansed by the Word of God. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God. That is the way we are born again.”
We’re being saved daily from the power and dominion of sin as we allow the Spirit of Christ to live His life through us.