Friday, January 25, 2013

Is My Salvation Real?

Is My Salvation Real?
1 John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Many New Testament writers were concerned about the matter of true salvation and the Apostle John wrote his first letter dedicated to the subject of eternal life. John gives us a series of tests to determine whether our salvation is real. If we pass the tests, we’ll know where we stand and whether or not true conversion has taken place.  We are not to rely totally on an experience from our past, but we are to examine ourselves today, to see whether or not we are in the faith.
A relationship with God is necessary for salvation. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him (I John 5:1). Jesus said in John 10:10, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. The Apostle Paul described his relationship with Christ in this way:  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 (Galatians 2:20)
If you have not experienced communion with God and Christ, or sensed Their presence in prayer and the joy in knowing the truth of the Word of God, then you have not been truly Born Again by the Spirit of God. The Christian life is rich and he who tastes the abundant life will know the “God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3); the “God of all grace” (I Peter 5:10); and the “God who supplies all [our] needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
The person who is saved is conscious of sin in their life.  Are you willing to confess and forsake any sin in your life as you are made aware of that sin? If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (I John 1:8).  Do you at times not understand your own actions and do the very thing that you hate? Then you can feel right at home with the Apostle Paul in his example he left us in Romans 7:14-25. Do you realize that you can choose not to sin and when you do fail, you can go to Christ the Devine Advocate? Can you agree with Paul in saying, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? If so, you are obviously a Christian and since salvation is secure, you need to enjoy your security in being fully assured.
A true Christian obeys God’s Word.  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments (I John 2:3).  If you want to know if you are a Christians, ask yourself whether you obey God’s commandments given in Scripture. If your desire is to obey God’s Word from a heart that is filled with gratitude for all He has done for you, and this desire is producing in you an evident example of obedience, then you have passed an important test that indicates the presence of saving faith.
A person that is saved rejects the world.  Satan, for now, is the god of this world.  A system the evil one has designed that embraces false religion, crime, immorality, materialism, and all things equivalent to it. We are not to love the world or the things that are in the world for if we do, the love of the Father is not in us. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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 (I John 2:15,16). To reject the world does not come naturally, and man, because of his sinful nature, has a tendency to love darkness rather than light and to hide his evil intentions and deeds of the flesh (John 3:19-20).  If you reject the world and its evil desires, that is a sure indication of new life in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).
True believers love other Christians. Here’s another test. Are you characterized by a loving spirit towards other believers and are known for fulfilling the needs of others? If you claim to be a Christian, and yet have no love for those in the church, and never meet the needs of one person, you’re in darkness in spite of your claim to be in the light.  Love is a test of newness of life and is evidence that you have passed from darkness into light because you love the brethren. 1 John 3:14-15 says:  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Our love is not perfect, but it will be there for all to see–––when we know Christ.
Christians experience answered prayer. Having a skimpy prayer life will lead you to believe that God does not answer prayer and you will struggle with assurance of your salvation. This is a great tragedy!  Do you have a pattern of answered prayer? Have you seen God move in clear and precise ways?  Have you asked the Lord to help you to know Him better and then experienced an intimacy with Him greater than ever before? These are indications that you truly do belong to Christ.
Thought: We need to regularly, “Examine ourselves, whether we be in the faith.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? We are to practice self-examination to prove our genuineness in saving faith–––evidence that Christ dwells within. Psalm 139:23,24 says, Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Ask God to show you your sin continuously and then be willing to turn from your sin and seek His forgiveness. Love not the world or the things of this world but love other believers fulfilling  their needs. Pray with fervency having a passion for God to answer your prayers. Desire a communion with the eternal God and long to know His precious Word.
If these few tests are true in your life, they prove you are a Christian, Justified by His death, burial and resurrected life. Romans 3:24 ~ Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: If these things are not true in your life, Scripture teaches: 2 Corinthians 6:2b (...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

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