Being “born again” to new life in Christ is not a matter of acquiring a new religious identity. Instead, it’s about being adopted into a new family—a family that has a rightful claim on your life. Alistair Begg points out that it is a believer’s responsibility to actively resist sin, guided and empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit. As we obey the Spirit’s leading to live in a way that pleases our Father, we give evidence that we belong to Christ.
12So then, brothers,5 we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons6 of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.