Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.

—Mark 5:15

Jesus delivered a demon-possessed man.  The man had been wild and uncontrollable (v.2-5).  When Jesus cast the demons out, the previously untamable man was then “sitting and clothed and in his right mind.”  To varying degrees, this is one of the essential marks of those who have been born again.  Why?  Because to be unsaved is to not be in one’s right mind—at least not spiritually. 

Those who are born again are not only set free from the eternal penalty of sin, but also from the temporal power of sin.  Those who are born again are given new affections, hearts, and minds.

What should we make of one who professes faith and yet continues to live as a wild man?  While we are not anyone’s ultimate judge, where there is no new life, we cannot assume there has been a new birth.

Note also that the people who knew the man when he was wild, and then saw him in his right mind “were afraid.”  May the change that Christ has brought about (and continues to do so) be profound enough that people will notice and fear the Lord.