Let’s begin from the end. On the Day of Judgment, when all of humanity stands before God to determine if we will be sent to Hell or invited into the eternal presence of God, all will know who are truly born again. Luke 8:17, “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” At that moment, it will be clear who is truly a disciple of Christ and who is a fake.
What is interesting is what Jesus says in Matthew 7:21 about that particular day, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”
Before perfect revelation, there will be things that are hidden. For many people, these hidden things include their salvation. The people in Matthew 7 believe they are born again, but they are not. These people claim the name of Jesus, and “prophecy” and do many “mighty works,” but they are phonies, who will spend eternity in Hell. Is this you?
Look at what Jesus says at the end of verse 23, “you workers of lawlessness.” These people who claimed Jesus were a lawless people. If you read verse 21 Jesus says that the one who will enter the kingdom of heaven is the “one who does the will of my Father.”
If you go back even farther in Matthew 7 and look at the teaching right before these passages Jesus says, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
What does this mean? It means that if you are born of the Spirit (truly born again) you will behave in accordance to the Spirit. At the point of repentance and faith in Christ, the Spirit of Christ begins indwelling and empowering a Christian to live like Christ. Another way the Bible says it is found in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
So how can you know if you are truly born again? You must examine the fruit of your life. Where do you begin? How about with the two greatest commandments: “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-39).
Do you love God with all your being? Do you, in addition to loving God, love others? If you cannot answer yes, then I would encourage you to examine yourself to determine if you are truly born again. And I would encourage you to do it before Jesus looks at you and says the most dreadful words ever to be uttered, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”