Signs of True Conversion
I Corinthians 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
The assurance of our salvation is to be enjoyed on the basis of the present and continuing work of the Holy Spirit, as well as fellowship with Christ and the Father. This is truly an essential element in true salvation and with this some questions must be asked––– “Do you enjoy fellowship with Christ and the Father?” Have you said, along with the Apostle Paul, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me? Have you experienced the presence of God in your life and have a love for Christ with the joy of sweet communion in prayer? If you have, then you have experienced the fellowship of salvation.
The person that is truly saved will be sensitive to sin in his or her life and cry out as Paul did in Romans 7:24, O wretched man that I am! True believers are to walk in the Light as He is in the Light, (I John 1:7), confessing and forsaking sin as it is made known to them. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness of sin, we are lying to ourselves and are not practicing the truth–––Light and darkness do not coexist. If you have a desire to obey the Word of God from a grateful heart for all He has done for you, then you are showing signs of true conversion by obedience and not by feelings.
What characterizes a true believer is their rejection of the world and the designed system by the evil one. This world will one day pass away but the ones who desire to do the will of God live forever (I John 2:16-17). For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. The Lord said that those that follow Him are not of this world for He was not of this world even though we must live here for a little while.
Are you so in love with Christ that you are eagerly awaiting His return? It is the Christian’s blessed hope that one day He will return and then we will see Him face-to-face. We are told that our citizenship is in heaven and that one day we will be transformed from this frail, sinful body into a glorious body bearing the image of the heavenly (I Corinthians 15:49b). Longing to see Christ is essential and it indicates the wonderful reality of eternal salvation.
Does sin have a decreasing effect in your life? Unbroken patterns of sin are characteristic of those that are not true believers because we are to be saved from something....saved from sin. This does not mean we never sin again after salvation but that we see a decline in the patterns of sin and are practicing righteousness as He is righteous. If you are seeing victory over sin in your life along with right motives, desires, deeds and words, and you are obviously not the person you used to be, then you will experience the joy of knowing you have eternal life.
Suffering rejection because of your faith is a painful test but you are not to be surprised by this persecution. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy (I Peter 4:12,13). If you are being persecuted by the world and have experienced rejection, bitterness, hostility and alienation, then it is pretty clear to whom you belong and whose name you bear.
Loving the people of God is made clear in I John 3:10, In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. If a man who says he is a Christian hates his brother, he is in darkness and his eyes are blinded by the darkness (I John 2:9-11). Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). Are you known for loving other believers and meeting the needs of those in the church? Love is the test that proves you are a true Christian and the evidence of this love is shown by deeds of affection and sacrificial acts of kindness which are characteristic of your life.
Thought: God gives us confidence to know that we have eternal life not based on feelings or past experiences but on the truths of Scripture that verify and prove our salvation. If this be true for us, then there is never a reason for any of us to live a ho-hum Christian life. We are to live our lives experiencing His exceedingly abundant grace and mercy by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for us on the cross. Hallelujah!–––God be praised!