is the evidence of being born again?
A. 1 John says it most clearly - "HEREBY WE KNOW..." That one epistle specifically mentions three ways by which we KNOW we are His:
|1.||By our obedience:
1 John 2:3 And HEREBY WE DO KNOW that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1 John 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: HEREBY KNOW WE that we are in him.
1 John 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And HEREBY WE KNOW that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
|2.||By the witness of the Spirit within us:
1 John 4:13 HEREBY KNOW WE that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
|3.||By our love:
1 John 3:17-19 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And HEREBY WE KNOW that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
If we weren't His, we'd be doing our own thing, living for ourselves,
probably not sensing the conviction of the Holy Spirit for our wrongdoing, and
being selfish in our decisions - i.e., not obeying, not having that witness of
the Spirit, not loving others.
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