John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Last week, we looked at the five things that God does for us through the new birth. Those things are:
1. God justifies us.
2. God takes us out of the family of Adam and puts us into Christ’s family.
3. God makes us His child.
4. God gives us a new spirit, and He gives us His Spirit to dwell inside of us.
5. God gives us eternal life.
Today, as we close out this lesson series, let’s look at how we can know for sure that we have experienced the new birth. Each one of us should know for sure whether or not we have truly been born again, and God has given us some definite ways by which we can know.
1. We know that we have received the new birth by the Word of God. 1 John 5:13 says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” When we are born again, God’s Spirit will make the Word of God real to our hearts, and we will know from God’s Word that we are saved. I recall that before I got saved, I found it difficult to read and understand the Word of God. However, after I got saved — after I was born again — the Word of God was understandable and easy to read. It was as if my eyes had been opened. You will experience this as well.
2. We know that we have received the new birth by the witness of the Spirit. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” When we are born again, God’s Spirit comes to dwell within us, and He bears witness with our spirit that we are a child of God. This is not something that we can explain or prove to someone else, but we know that it is true in our hearts.
3. We know that we have received the new birth by our actions. 1 John 3:14 says, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” When we are truly born again, our actions will change. We will want to obey God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We will begin to love the things that are right and hate the things that are wrong. We will have love in our hearts for unsaved people, and we will want them to be saved. We will also love other Christians.
All of these things will begin to happen because we have been born again.