The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook
, Walter A. Elwell, Editor, (Harold Shaw Publ., Wheaton , IL; 1984), p. 355
Being reborn; the subject of Jesus' discourse with Nicodemus in John 3> (cf. Titus 3:5>). This word is not found often in Scripture, but the idea is important. Regeneration is seen to be the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:5-8>). The "natural man" always thinks of salvation (however understood) as resting in one's own hands, but Jesus taught that it is necessary for a divine work to take place if anyone is to be saved. Sinners must be reborn spiritually."