2018-04-14 / Religion

Understanding your salvation

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13 KJV)

Have you believed on Jesus? For me, he is not simply some historical figure, but he is the one I walk with every day. He is my boss. He is the guide. He is the way. All of who I am or will be is owed to him.

One thing I like to share with people who’ve made childhood professions of faith is what I call the “Three Verse Litmus Test of Christianity.” We’ll get to that in a second.

Don’t you find it deeply encouraging and very exciting to know God sent word to us by the apostle John to give us security in our walk with Jesus? The holy spirit gave John to say today’s focus verse. John said he wrote the letter he wrote “that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”

The words that pierce me through with a blessed stab are “that ye may know.”

God wants us to be sure! Are you sure?

Are you sure you are ready to meet God, our maker and judge? Our lives are like a mist, and, without much notice, we could indeed find ourselves absent of this mortal coil and indeed standing before him who judges the quick and the dead.

Many people say, “You can’t judge me!” and they are right. I can’t; that’s God’s job and he is going to do it. I don’t want to judge you either. I am judged myself, and I am humble and needy. I need Jesus, and I know it.

Or, people might say, “You don’t know my heart!” and they are right; I don’t. But, God knows it.

The real question is, “Do you know your own heart?”

Many people know what their mouths say – “I joined the church” or “I was baptized” or “I prayed the sinner’s prayer” or “I believe in God” – but they don’t know their own heart.

It’s not just what our mouths say; do we have the life of Jesus in us? Is his heart beating in ours?

It’s not a matter of knowing information; Jesus is the Lord of transformation.

Here is where the litmus test comes in; I love sharing this with people because I don’t want a single soul to have a false sense of salvation.

Firstly, are you, even if it’s a struggle, seeking to obey God and learn the life of Jesus? Jesus said, “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (John 8:31-32, ESV)

Secondly, are you loving sacrificially? Sacrificial love means loving past convenience; it means loving the unlovable.

Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34- 35, ESV) Loving our neighbors as ourselves means doing at least as much for someone else as we’d do for ourselves. The kind of love Jesus describes in John 13 means doing more for someone else than we’d do for ourselves.

Thirdly, are you bearing fruit? By that, I mean to ask, is your character becoming like the character of Jesus? Jesus said, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:8, ESV)

Did you notice in each and every verse Jesus says these things are how we “prove” to be his disciples? That’s critical.

Jesus’ life and death and resurrection purchased our salvation. Being his disciple fulfills our lives, gives us purpose and shapes us into his very own image.

Friend, have you believed on Jesus? Are you obeying? Are you loving? Are you changing? Many of us believed, but are we believing on Jesus today?

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