Test Your Own Faith
“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” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Have you tested yourself? Are you aware that Christ is in you? There are several ways to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are born again. First, do you have the witness of the Spirit? In other words, does the Spirit of God in you align with your spirit that you are God’s child? We read from Romans:
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17).
How powerful is that? When we are His, all that is His becomes ours also, because we become joint heirs with Christ. Amazing!
“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).
This is the Word test. How bad do you want it? Do you want to read it, and study it for sole purpose of growing in grace and becoming more like Him? Do you seek to rightly divide Scripture, through the careful study of it?
Finally, there is the change test. Simply put, has you your life changed? Have your thought patterns, your speech and your desires been altered by the Spirit of God? Because this is what will happen when you are born again.
“Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles – when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you” (1 Peter 4:1-4).
“They think it strange that you do not run with them;” this is the change that true salvation brings. It is change that is both known by you, and seen by others. Does this describe you?
The most dangerous verses in the Bible will have no bearing on us when we are saved and sure; not placing our faith in the work that we have done, but rather in Christ and His finished work. That is where true salvation begins.
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