There continues to be this question about regeneration and the issue of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
If one is dead, that means there is no life. Death is like darkness; it does not really exist but is the result of a lack of light or a lack of life. The Spirit is what gives us life. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” John 6:63 Spiritual life is the result of the presence of the HS and spiritual death is a lack of life given by the Spirit. Spiritual death which is the lack of spiritual life can ONLY be overcome by the life giving presence of the HS. If death is the absence of life and since it is the Spirit that gives life, the presence of the HS is necessary for regeneration, which IS NEW LIFE in the RT system.
New life or regeneration cannot overcome spiritual death apart from the presence of the HS. Now… regeneration does not GIVE SOMEONE THE ABILITY TO COME ALIVE. Regeneration is NEW LIFE which ALLOWS the individual to repent and believe. To try to reword this is to attempt to sidestep RT. The HS cannot make someone alive to repent and believe and THEN make them alive again. This makes no sense and there is no way to avoid this issue for the proponent of RT.