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This is by far one of the most profound questions in Christianity today. We have so many different denominations stating many different things. I know that this is a large debate, but go ahead and post your position alone.

My question revolves around assurance for "born of the spirit." How can somebody be absolutely assured that they have the Holy Spirit living inside of them?

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You will know that you are reborn in spirit when people notice a significant change in you. It's like being hit by a large truck, you are never the same afterwards. The same can be said for the spirit of God entering your life, God is unimaginably big. If you have been truly changed and born again, people will take notice.

I know people that get saved and they don't even physically look the same anymore. Instead of hurt, you see love in their eyes.

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Awh, taking from Paul Washer, Good Man. –  Ecommerce Consultant Aug 24 '11 at 3:26
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That's where I heard it! Thank you. I couldn't seem to put my finger on it. –  levigideon Aug 26 '11 at 10:06
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Your family will become a witness to you. :-) –  Benny Dec 9 '11 at 13:53

There are two ways that I can come up with to answer this question:-

1st way to know that you have received the holy spirit(i.e reborn of spirit) is by trusting what the bible says. When you accept the bible to be the word of God and repent for your sins and believe that you are saved by believing in Jesus, you also must have faith in what the bible promises. there are verses where Jesus promises the gift of the Holy Sprit.

Jesus says :

John 14:15-16 (NIV)

If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.

John 16:7 (NIV)

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

This is a promise to us that on believing (i.e loving him and following his commands) "in the name of Jesus" (explicitly mentioned in John 14:26) we will receive the Holy Spirit for sure.

2nd way actually makes you believe in the promise that Jesus gives, by your experiences. As also rightly put by olskeevi, Holy Spirit lives in you and communicates through your heart (my belief). Holy Spirit does change you and the change can be in many aspects, may be physical, your priorities may change, your longings for things may change, your attitude/behavior may change etc. But there will be change which must be noticeable atleast to you! (coz many changes in my life were evident to me and not to people around me, coz they don't know everything about me.)

Lastly when I read

1 John 2:5-6

But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

I come to know that, to know whether I am a Christian (meaning I have the Holy Spirit living in me) or not, I will have to do what Jesus did (i.e, live like him by doing God's will). By doing god's will I will come closer to him an love him even more. Also 1 thing that we must remember is that "the will of the God also must be in accordance to the teachings of the bible!"

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Rishabh - Welcome to C.SE great first answer! When you have a chance please take a look at our FAQ. Thanks for your contribution. –  wax eagle Oct 6 '11 at 20:30
    
@waxeagle and Atheist, Thank you! btw sorry for the bad formatting...not too good with it. but will learn gradually –  Rishabh Oct 7 '11 at 6:10

All the assurance I need I find in Titus 3:5-6

5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

As a Lutheran, I believe that the "washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit" is Baptism.

Holding this to be true, it explicitly states: "the washing of rebirth ... by the Holy Spirit." Ergo, being born of the Spirit.

I know that I am Baptized, so I know that I am reborn of the Spirit.

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We can know that we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us when we demonstrate the fruits of the spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5

But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, [23] Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity... — Galatians 5:22-23

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By their fruits you shall know them. –  tunmise fashipe Aug 24 '12 at 7:29

It is very much true. when you have the spirit of God. you will experience many changes. the evidence of speaking in tongues and also you will be led by that spirit Romans 8 :13-15 Ephesian 5:17-20

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Welcome to C.SE, and when you get the chance, I'd suggest you check out our tour. This reads much more like a comment than an answer. –  Affable Geek Aug 3 '13 at 14:35

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