If someone asks you “Am I saved?” what would you say to them? How do you answer these questions? Take each one and really think honestly about your answer…don’t answer quickly, giving rote answers….think…How do you answer these questions honestly?
We are commanded to make our election certain. Do you seek to obey the Lord? What do you think of Christ? Has your life changed since that moment you were saved, are you a whole new creation seeking his righteousness, seeking to honor Him, submit to Him, obey Him? Does a pattern of sin still exist in your life…has the old man fallen away? Are you reborn, a new person, a new heart that loves Christ more than anything? Would you sell all you have to gain that precious Pearl? Do you think about what you want most of the time, or do you think about what pleases Jesus? What do you do with I John? Do you gauge yourself by yourself or by the word of God in context, as HE gauges and judges you? Something for everyone to think about, especially the very confident….Are you a different person, sensitive to your own sin, with a conscience that is tender to the word? What you do in secret is what you really believe. Do you hate Hell but love sin? Of course, no pleasure seeker wants to go to Hell…no selfish person wants to go to Hell….
If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
1 John 1:8
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1 John 2:3
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.
1 John 2:4
Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
1 John 2:9
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.
1 John 2:11
But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
1 John 3:9
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.
II Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Tim does a study on repentance. Good for all believers and for those who believe they are believers….genuine repentance is fruit of regeneration.