"How can you know that you are
A two-year-old boy
was once staring at a heater, fascinated by its bright
orange glow. His father saw him and warned, "Don’t
touch that heater, son. It may look pretty, but it’s
hot." The little boy believed him, and moved away
from the heater. Some time later, after his father had
left the room, the boy thought, "I wonder if it
really is hot." He then reached out to touch it
and see for himself. The second his flesh burned, he
stopped believing it was hot; he now knew it was hot!
He had moved out of the realm of belief into the realm
in God’s existence before their conversion. However,
when they obeyed the Word of God, turned from their
sins, and embraced Jesus Christ, they stopped merely
believing. The moment they reached out and touched the
heater bar of God’s mercy, they moved out of belief
into the realm of experience. This experience is so
radical, Jesus referred to it as being "born again."
The Bible says that those who don’t know God are
spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1; 4:18). We
are born with physical life, but not spiritual life.
Picture unbelievers as corpses walking around who, by
repenting and placing their faith in Christ, receive
His very life. There is a radical difference between
a corpse and a living, breathing human, just as there
is when sinners pass from spiritual death to life. The
apostle Paul said if you are "in Christ,"
you are a brand new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Those who now have
God’s Spirit living in them will love what He
loves and desire to do His will; they will have a hunger
for His Word, a love for other believers, and a burden
for the lost. The Holy Spirit also confirms in their
spirit that they are now children of God (Romans 8:16).
Those who believe on the name of the Son of God can
know that they have eternal life (1 John 5:12,13).
Paul wrote to the
church at Corinth, "My speech and my preaching
were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that
your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but
in the power of God" (1 Corinthians 2:4,5). What
Paul was saying was, "I deliberately didn’t
talk you into your faith, but I let God’s power
transform you." He didn’t reach them through
an intellectual assent, but through the realm of personal
Suppose two people—a
heater manufacturer and a skin specialist—walked
into the room just after that child had burned his hand
on the heater. Both assured the boy that he couldn’t
possibly have been burned. But all the experts, theories,
and arguments in the world will not dissuade that boy,
because of his experience. Those who have been transformed
by God’s power need never fear scientific or other
arguments, because the man with an experience is not
at the mercy of a man with an argument. "For our
gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power,
and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:5).