Evidences Indicating A Soul Has Been Born Again
Apart from the beginning, not
all evidences are strictly chronological and do overlap. All
evidences are unique to a believer (if realized in the Biblical
sense), and though it may be possible for a born again person to be
lacking in some evidences by some degree, the lack of any of the
evidences is cause for real concern, and falling short in any calls
for examination, earnest prayer, repentance and consecration.
be multiplied unto you through the knowledge
of God, and of
Jesus our Lord,
According as his divine
power hath given
unto us all things
that pertain unto life
through the knowledge
of Him that hath
called us to glory
Whereby are given unto us exceedinggreat and precious
promises: that by
these ye might be
partakers of the
that is in the world
beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance;
and to temperance patience; and to patience Godliness;
And to Godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness
charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make
you that ye shall neither be barren nor
unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ“ (2
Pet. 5 – 8).
# 1.) Regeneration:
You had a day in which you realized your lost sinful
condition, with absolutely no hope of salvation through your efforts
or merits or that of any church (etc.), but you looked to the Son
sent by God the Father, Jesus Christ, who died for you and rose
again, and cast all your faith on Him to save you, deciding you
wanted Him over sin.
works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy
he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy
Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and
faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).
# 2.) Baptism:
You were baptized in identification with your Lord in whom you
trusted (not as a baby, which cannot fulfill the requirements
for baptism – which act is also supposed to be under water –
nor prior to conversion).
Peter said unto them, Repent,
and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts
Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the
name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,
both men and women” (Acts 8:12).
they that gladly received
His word were
..” (Acts 2:40).
as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the
eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest
with all thine heart,
thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is
the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they
went down both into
both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized
him” (Acts 8:36-38).
# 3.) Supernatural
spiritual rejoicing: You
realized a new found joy in Jesus Christ; you knew that
the Risen Jesus was real and alive, and that you were
forgiven, and “accepted in the Beloved”,
and that the Bible was in fact the Word of God. You
experienced the realities of being born spiritually; you had in
essence a new heart with new affections – an
earnest, ongoing hunger to know how to please God according
the Bible, and were much moved to pray, and had a
unique soul affection for other believers. In general
even other things in life seemed new.
they were come up out
of the water, the
Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no
more: and he went on his way rejoicing”
if any man be in Christ, he is a new
things are passed
away; behold, all
things are become
our gospel came not unto you in word
only, but also in power,
and in the
and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among
you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord,
having received the word in much affliction,
of the Holy Ghost”
(1 Ths. 1:5, 6).
# 4.) Fellowship
of believers: You
turned from sin to serve the Living and true God, and
followed Him as part of a Bible believing/preaching church, if
and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand
souls. And they continued
stedfastly in the
and in breaking of
bread, and in
they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto
you, and how ye turned
to God from idols to serve the living and true God”
# 5.) Prayer
You realized and have a burden to pray directly
to the Lord (not “say prayers” nor pray to any other), in
accordance with His Word. You see the Lord both inspiring you to pray
for certain things or people and answering your prayers.
wait thou only upon
God; for my
expectation is from
Him. He onlyis my
and my salvation:
He is my
I shall not be moved.
In Godis my
and my glory:
of my strength,
God. Trust in him at all times; ye
people, pour out
your heart before Him: God is
a refuge for us.
Selah“ (Ps. 62:5 – 8).
is there salvation
in any other:
for there is none
other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved”
there is one God, and one mediator between God
and men, the man Christ Jesus“ (1Tim. 2:5).
then that we have a great
high priest, that
is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was in
all points tempted like as we
are, yet without
sin. Let us
therefore come boldly unto the throne
of grace, that we
may obtain mercy, and find grace
to help in time of
need“ (Heb. 4:14 -16).
smoke of the incense,
which came with
the prayers of the saints, ascended up before
God out of the
angel's hand“ (Rev. 8:4).
shall ask any thing in My
Name, I will do it”
this is the confidence
that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His
He heareth us“ (1 Jn. 5:14).
# 6.) Worship:
You want to see the Lord alone exalted, and to worship
and praise Him.
LORD, in thine Own strength:
will we sing and praise thy power”
Name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified
in you, and ye in Him,
according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ”
to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be
ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ
shall be magnified in my body,
whether it be by life,
or by death”
the Lord God in your hearts: and be
always to give
answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in
you with meekness and fear” (1 Pet. 3:15).
You are burdened for the lost and seek their salvation by
prayer and sharing the Word.
they that were scattered abroad went
every where preaching the word”
from you sounded
out the word of the Lord
not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your
faith to God-ward is spread abroad;
so that we need not to speak any thing” (1Ths. 1:8).
# 8.) Persecution:
You are persecuted for your obedience to God, but overall you
continue to follow the Lord even if you suffer affliction or
persecution for doing so.
things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
They shall put you
out of the
synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth
you will think that
he doeth God
unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the
Sadducees, came upon them, Being grieved that they taught
the people, and preached
through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid
hands on them, and put them in hold
unto the next day: for it was now eventide. .... And they called
them, and commanded them not
to speak at all nor
teach in the name
But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right
in the sight ofGod
to hearken unto you
more than unto God,
judge ye. For we
cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard”
(Acts 4:1-3, 18-20).
know thy works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is:
and thou holdest
fast my Name,
and hast not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was
my faithful martyr,
who was slain
among you, where Satan dwelleth” (Rev. 2:13).
# 9.) Led
by the Spirit:You see the Lord leading you and guiding
you to be both holy and to serve Him
practically. You see Him faithfully teaching
and using you in small decisions and large. You
see His word come true in your own life
and that of others as you (and they) seek
be the LORD, that hath given rest
unto his people Israel, according to all that He promised:
there hath not failed one word
of all his good promise,
which he promised
by the hand of Moses His servant”
God for ever and ever: he will be our guideeven unto
death” Ps. 48:14).
went forth, and preached
every where, the
Lord working with
confirming the word
without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to
God must believe
that He is, and that He is a rewarderof them that
diligently seek Him”
if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die:
but if ye through the Spirit
of the body,
ye shall live.
For as many as are led
by the Spirit of God,
they are the
sons of God“ (Rom. 8:13, 14).
# 10.) Divine
Discipline and Correction:
You realize the chastisement of the Lord as needed; if you
grow lazy in your Christian walk, and try to “save your life,”
or more rebelliously do your own will.
said to them all,
If any man will
come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and
follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but
whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it“
(Lk. 9:23, 24).
whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he
receiveth.If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons;
for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be
without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye
bastards, and not sons” (Heb. 12:6-8).
# 11.) Enlightenment
and Holy desire: You
realize holy affections, and have a real hunger to be
more holy, and have a much more enlightened realization
of what sin is than before you were saved, and of your own
sinfulness, as well as your inability to be and do God's will
by your own strength, and you know more and more how you must
be in dependence upon God and the victory that results.
know that the law is spiritual:
but I am carnal,
sold under sin.
For the good
that I would I do not:
but the evil
which I would not, that I do
(Rom. 7:14, 15).
is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after
but after the Spirit”
thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words
that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that
dwelleth in me, He
doeth the works.Believe
me that I am
in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very
sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth
on Me, the works that I do shall He do also; and greater works
than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (Jn. 14:10 -12).
the grace of God
I am what I am: and his grace which was
bestowed upon me
was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet
not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Cor. 10).
though He was crucified
yet he liveth
by the powerof
For we also are weak
in Him, but we shall livewith
by the power
toward you” (2 Cor. 13:4).
# 12.) Transformation:
You see the Lord's working in your own heart as you
yield to Him, in conforming you to the image of His Son.
You find the grace of God to endure trials and find victory
as you pray, and yield to the Lord in faith,
to let Him do His will both for your maturity and
deliverance, in looking forward to eternal life .
hath no temptation
taken you but such as is common to man: but God is
who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bearit” (1
know that all things
work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His
For whom He did
He also did predestinate to
be conformed to
the image of His Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He
them He also called:
and whom He called, them He also justified:
and whom He justified, them He also glorified“
have this treasure in earthen
vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. .... “Always
bearing about in the body the dying
of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest
in our body.” (2
Cor. 4:7 + 10).
my beloved, as ye have always obeyed,
not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out
your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which
worketh in you
both to will
and to do of His good
# 13.) Holy
Horror: You are grieved at the ways of the
world, from how they treat God's Name and people, to other
things that flow from disobeying the first two commandments. You seek
the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven, and are used
of the Lord as salt and light.
hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.”
the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word”
(Ps. 119:53, 158).
be without dissimulation [falsehood].
that which is evil;
cleave to that which is good”
# 14.) The
Blessed Hope: You look forward to when the Lord
reigns on the earth. You want to meet Him being practically holy,
and having done His will, to give Him glory,
and not to be ashamed at His coming.
this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy
kingdom come. Thy will be done
as it is in
must reign, till He hath put all enemiesunder His feet”
(1 Cor. 15:25).
that bringeth salvation
hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying unGodliness
and worldly lusts, we should live soberly,
in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the
glorious appearing of the great
God and our Saviour
Who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto Himself a peculiar
people, zealous of good works
” (Titus 2:11-14).
we labour, that, whether present
we may be accepted
of Him. For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ;
that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to
that he hath done, whether it be good
(2Cor. 5:9, 10).
what manner of love
the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons
of God: therefore
the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we
Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth
himself, even as He
then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons
ought ye to be in all holy conversation and Godliness, Looking for
and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens
being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with
fervent heat?” (1Pet. 3:11, 12).
Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you
the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God
our Saviour, be
glory and majesty,
dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen“ (Jude 24, 25).
you lack these things, and are unsure of your salvation, seek
the Lord with all your heart that He may be gracious to you, and
that you may find the salvation that comes only through true
repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,
who loved you and and gave Himself for you. Turn to Christ
from sin and receive and followHim,
trusting in Him to save you – a sinner who has no merit
or church (etc.) to save yourself by – by His blood and
righteousness, as He promised.
and come short
of the glory of God”
is love, not
loved God, but that He
loved us, and sent
His Son to be the
propitiation[perfect and final
payment] for our
God hath set forth to
in his blood,
to declare His righteousness for the remission
that are past, through the forbearance of God“ (Rom. 3:25).5
“My sheephearMy voice,
and I know them,
and they follow Me:
And I give unto them
eternal life; and
they shall never
shall any man pluck
them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them
me, is greater than
all; and no man is
able to pluck them
of my Father's hand. I and my
Father are One“
birth and your real purpose in this life, and eternal
ife in the next, OR continued spiritual death
and eternal punishment for your sins awaits you. What you do
with the Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of the
living God, reveals what you truly ultimately love and
desire, and where and with whom you will spend
saw a new heaven
and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there
was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city,
new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a
bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of
heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will
dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God
Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be
no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things
are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne
said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me,
Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto
me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the
water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all
things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.
But the fearful, and
unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second
death” (Rev. 21:1-8).
flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that
obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished
with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from
the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his
saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our
testimony among you was believed) in that day“ (1Thes. 1:8 –
heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set
before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose
life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the
LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou
mayest cleave unto him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy
days:” (Dt. 30:19, 20),
verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him
that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (Jn. 5:24).
ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the
Lord;And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto
you:” (Acts 3:19, 20).
Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but
alive] by the
Spirit: .. Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God;
angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him.
commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He
which was ordained of God to
be the Judge of
quick [living] and
dead. To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name
whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins“
(Acts 10:42, 43).
There is only one right choice.
Those who believe on the Lord Jesus and follow Him to eternal life
NEVER regret it. But those who will not shall face eternal remorse.
If you would be saved you must make your decision for Christ while
grace is still given you to do so. Will you make your decision for
Christ today, or sin away your day of grace, and spend your eternity
in agony, while saved souls rejoice in glory with God? We pray that
you will “Forsake the foolish, and live” (Prov.
9:6). Do not let anything or anyone stop you from
making that decision, and do not put it off!
together with him,
also that ye
receive not the
grace of God in vain.
For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of
salvation have I succoured [drawn]
time; behold, now is
the day of
Cor. 6:1, 2).
This decision is shown by being
baptized under water in identification with your Lord, and then
following Him with a Bible – believing and preaching
ye the LORD
while he may be found,
call ye upon him while He is near:
Let the wickedforsake
and the unrighteous
man his thoughts:
and let him return
unto the LORD,
and He will have mercy
upon him; and to our God,
for he will abundantly pardon“
(Is. 55:6, 7).