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Written by Bill Rudge for “Bill Rudge Ministries” @ https://billrudgeministries.wordpress.com/
Original post @ https://billrudgeministries.wordpress.com/2022/08/02/examine-yourself/
AUGUST 2, 2022~ BRM7
by BJ Rudge, Ph.D.
The apostle Paul told the Corinthians to examine themselves to see whether or not they were in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Many people base their confidence on trying to be a “good” person and live a “good” life. Others believe they are saved by merely reciting the sinner’s prayer or responding emotionally to an altar call – and then living any way they choose. Still, others think salvation is simply an intellectual acknowledgment of beliefs in God, Jesus, and the Bible.
These views of salvation allow many people to believe they are on their way to heaven, when in fact, they may not be. Jesus clearly warns that many will stand before Him claiming to be saved and He will say: “I never knew you; depart from Me …” (Matthew 7:23). So in light of this sobering verse, it is crucial that each of us can answer the question, “Am I really a Christian according to what the Bible says about a believer in Christ?”
The apostle John provides the answer to this question in his first epistle, “These things I have written to
you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). Consider the following points that John makes; indicators of the certainty of eternal life:
Admit and confess your sins(1 John 1:8-9).
Acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God(1 John 2:22-23; 4:15).
Live a life of obedience and keep God’s commandments(1 John 1:6-7; 2:3-6, 29; 3:7-10; 5:2).
Display love to others(1 John 2:9-11; 3:10, 15, 17-19; 4:7-9).
Possess the hope and longing for Jesus’ return(1 John 3:2-3).
Love other believers and enjoy having fellowship with them(1 John 5:1).
Persevere in the faith(1 John 2:24).
P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
You say you are a “born again” believer… BUT is your soul “ON FIRE” for the Lord ?? If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/
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It all comes down to relationship as Matthew 7:23 clearly shows. Jesus came to show us, to introduce us to the Father and we CAN’T know Him, without knowing intimately, the Son, Christ Jesus. Everything else falls into place and sanctification can begin with relationship. GREAT message! 👍💗🕊📖😇