Now these are those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan and Immer,
but they were not able to give evidence of their fathers' households and their descendants, whether they were of Israel: … [a list of names]… These searched among their ancestral registration, but they could not be located; therefore they were considered unclean and excluded from the priesthood. The governor said to them that they should not eat from the most holy things until a priest stood up with Urim and Thummim.
After 70 years as refugees, the Jewish people had the opportunity to return to their home country, Israel. Some who returned could not prove they were Jews by birth. They were either not Jews or their family records were lost. What would you do in this situation? The leaders would not say that they were not Jews, but they also would not say that they were Jews! Their decision was to wait and let God decide. That was a wise decision! God knows those who are His own.
We live in a similar day. Many who claim to be Christians have little or no evidence of their new birth, but they want the privileges of the Christian community. If a person is born again, he is born again. God knows and needs no proof; but if a person wishes to join the Christian community, the community needs convincing evidence of new birth. We cannot say that you are saved, and we cannot say that you are not saved. We can say, "We are not convinced."
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness."
How do you show evidence of new life? What evidence can you show on earth for your new birth from heaven?
For me to live is Christ.