In Ezekiel 36 the Lord, talking to Israel, says: Here, in the Old Testament, is God's description of the new birth. In John's Gospel we are told that in order to be saved we must be "born again" (Jn 3:3-8). We must have a new heart, and we must have the Holy Spirit living within us. The result of this is that we will obey Christ. The Bible tells us that those who do not have His Spirit cannot obey or please Him (Rom 8:5-9). Those who are born of God obey Him because we have His Spirit within us (1Jn 2:1-5, 3:9-10). If you have God's Spirit in you (Eph 1:13-14) then you will live a new life. If you claim to be a Christian yet you do not live a new life then your claim is probably in vain. In Christ, Martin.