EVIDENCE OF SALVATION


"Justification is by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone."




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TRUSTING(FAITH) IN CHRIST -
Hebrews 3:6   but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
Hebrews 3:14   For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
{In this verse the indication of past salvation is present reality. The converse would clearly be, "For we have NOT become
partakers of Christ if we FAIL TO hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.}

Rom 1:17   For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."
Jeremiah 17:5,7   Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. (7) "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.


A CHANGED LIFE -

2 Corinthians 5:17   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Ephesians 4:20-24   But you have not so learned Christ, (21) if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: (22) that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, (23) and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (24) and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
1 John 3:10   In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
1 John 2:15-17   Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; is not of the Father but is of the world. (17) And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
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OBEDIENCE TO GOD -
Matthew 7:21   "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.
1 John 5:3   For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
John 16:8   "And when He(Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Ezekiel 36:26-27   "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (27) "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.
Hebrews 12:6-11   FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE CHASTENS, AND SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES." (7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? (8) But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. (9) Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? (10) For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. (11) Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
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A LIFE OF REPENTANCE -
{Sanctification - a continual, general decrease of sin in one's life; not perfection, but a turning from sin}
Luke 5:32   "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
Luke 24:47   and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
2 Corinthians 7:9-10   Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. (10) For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
Romans 2:4   Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
Acts 3:19   "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
Jeremiah 32:38-40   "They shall be My people, and I will be their God; (39) and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them. (40) "I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.
Revelation 3:19   "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
Hebrews 12:6-8   For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives." (7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? (8) But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
Hebrews 12:11   Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
{Notice that Hebrews 12:11 is in the "present" tense, not the past tense. Also, the phrase "to those who have been trained by it" indicates the sanctification process, which is over a period of time and NOT immediate.}
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GROWTH IN HOLINESS -
Hebrews 12:14   Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
1 John 3:3   And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Philippians 1:6   being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Hebrews 5:12-14   For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. (13) For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. (14) But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
{True salvation = a changed life}


THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT -
Galatians 5:22-23   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Ephesians 5:1-11   Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. (2) And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (3) But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; (4) neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. (5) For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (6) Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (7) Therefore do not be partakers with them. (8) For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (9) (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), (10) finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. (11) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
James 2:20   But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
{Professed faith without accompanying deeds/action = an empty profession of faith}  {Your actions match what you believe}


LOVE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS -
1 John 3:14   We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.
1 John 4:20-21   If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (21) And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.


A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON OTHERS -
Matthew 5:16   "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
1 Peter 2:12   having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.


ADHERING TO THE APOSTOLIC TEACHING -
1 John 4:2   By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
1 Timothy 4:6   If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.
1 Timothy 4:16   Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.


THE TESTIMONY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN THEM -
Romans 8:15-16   For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." (16) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
1 John 5:5-6   Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (6) This is He who came by water and blood; Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
John 16:8   "And when He(Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:


A HUNGER FOR GOD'S WORD & KNOWLEDGE OF GOD -
Matthew 5:6   Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Psalms 42:1   As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
Psalms 119:33-35   Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. (34) Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. (35) Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it.
Psalms 119:73-74   Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. (74) Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, Because I have hoped in Your word.
Philippians 3:8   Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
1 Peter 2:2-3   Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation-- (3) if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
2 Peter 1:3-11   as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (4) by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (5) But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, (6) to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (7) to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (8) For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. (10) Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; (11) for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 5:12-14   For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. (13) For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. (14) But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
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A LIFE OF THANKSGIVING & PRAYER -
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   (16) Rejoice always, (17) pray without ceasing, (18) in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Ephesians 6:18   praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints;
Ephesians 5:18-20   ...be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ....
Colossians 3:17   And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Psalms 105:1-6   Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! (2) Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! (3) Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! (4) Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore! (5) Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, (6) O seed of Abraham His servant, You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!
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10 Tests To See Whether Or Not You're In The Faith
(from a SERMON by Paul Washer)

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.



1)  1 John 1:6-7  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (7) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

2)  1 John 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

3)  1 John 2:3-5  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. (4) He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (5) But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

4)  1 John 2:9-11  He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. (10) He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. (11) But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

5)  1 John 2:15  Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

6)  1 John 2:19  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

7)  1 John 2:22-23  Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. (23) Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

8)  1 John 2:29  If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

9)  1 John 3:3-8  And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (4) Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (5) You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. (6) No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. (7) Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. (8) Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

10)  1 John 5:12  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.








Indicators That You May Not Be Saved, But Rather Deceived
(from a SERMON by John MacArthur)

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.


Proverbs 30:12   There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10   Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, (10) nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21   Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, (20) idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, (21) envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.