Vital Signs of Living Faith
God commands each of us today to ask ourselves a series of questions. These questions are all targeting the one very most important issue of all—the reality of our eternal destination. As we turn to II Corinthians 13:5, listen to what God commands us two times in this one verse, to be asking ourselves today:
2 Corinthians 13:5 "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified." NKJV
Do you remember Christ's warnings about one of Satan's methods in Matthew 13:24-30? Jesus described an ongoing, covert (at night), campaign by Satan, to imitate and fake God's work, by secretly sowing a crop of false followers of Jesus.
Be Sure you have Vital Living Faith
So what is sufficient, real, saving faith? That is the point James makes. Saving faith goes beyond intellectual assent to facts, and a resulting emotional response to God's Word—and continues into a life-transforming walk. True saving faith shows up over time in a changed life.
Saving faith is always life-changing faith. Look back at what James repeats three times:
James 2:17, 20, 26: 17 "Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." 20 "But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?" 26 "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." NKJV
Beware of dead, counterfeit, or fake faith! God commands every person who testifies that they belong to Christ, to do a spiritual self-examination and look for the evidence of genuine, healthy faith.
Beware of Christian
Because this satanic campaign to infiltrate Christ's Church by "Christian look-a-likes" is ongoing, God commands every person who testifies that they belong to Christ, to do a spiritual self-examination; and look for the evidence of genuine, healthy faith.
At the end of Christ's greatest, and longest message we call the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus warned that there will be many within Christ's visible church who were convinced that they had genuine faith, but did not.
Matthew 7:21-27 "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven."22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" NKJV
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