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You Need to Be Able to Answer This

“You must be born again.” John 3:7 (NIV)

Has this miracle of God’s grace happened in your soul? There is no more important question. Have you been regenerated by the Spirit?

You need to be able to answer this question clearly.

If you’re regenerate, you need to know that so you can answer the devil’s lies when he tells you, “You’re a useless, no good, pathetic apology for a Christian.”

Nothing would be more tragic than to go through life thinking you’re a Christian when you’re not. Many people miss what could be theirs. They do not find because they do not seek. They do not seek because they think they already have.

Satan’s power lies largely in causing confusion. This is his primary strategy. If you’re truly a Christian, he wants you to think you’re not. And if you’re not, he wants you to think you are!

How would you know if you’ve been born again? God’s Word clears away the confusion. The first letter of John gives us six distinguishing marks of a genuine Christian, and hearing these marks should have one of two effects in your life:

Either you will say, “This is the life that God has given to me. I must come to him and thank him for it,” and the outcome for you is joy and thanksgiving.

Or, you will say, “This is the life that is possible for me. I must come to God and ask him for it.” Why would you not do that? If you do not already have this life, you have every reason for hope. This is the life that God offers to you in Jesus Christ.

Come to God and thank Him for the life that He has give to you, or come to God and ask Him for this life. Which one will you do?


Colin Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a multi-campus church located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and president of Unlocking the...

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