Today little is said about the new birth, but I think there is a question that every believer must ask himself: Am I really born again? Being born again is not as simple as going to the temple every day. When you are indeed a new creature, there is a distinctive mark that shows that you really are.
Let’s see what the apostle John tells us:
1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1 John 5:1-3 (KJV)
In the apostolic age, at a time when these Jewish customs were quite strict, there was much discussion in the synagogues about Jesus. The discussions were based on the fact that the Jews who still did not believe, understood that it was blasphemous to say that this was the Son of God or the promised Messiah.
The people of Israel did believe in a Messiah, even to this day they still believe in a Messiah. And the point here is that many of them, yesterday and today, don’t believe that Jesus was that promised Messiah. And you, do you think so?
So what John is saying here is that if you “believe” (not a superficial but a doctrinal belief) that Jesus is that promised Messiah, then you really have been born of God.
Today, just as the apostle Paul maintained that battle against those who wanted to Judaize the church, we also have some men who want to tell us that to be saved we need to live certain Hebrew customs, even, these say that Jesus is an invention of the Romans.
O beloved brothers, we are born of God, and in addition to believing that Jesus is Lord, this also demands of us that we keep His commandments, that we love our neighbor, etc.
And keeping those commandments as born again that we are, is not annoying, but with patience we run the race of faith, as one who seeks to please God in everything.