Tests of Salvation (2 of 2)

assurance 2

(Continued from yesterday)

2. Attitude – love
1 John 3:14-15 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
• 1 John 3:18-19 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him.
• 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

You will exhibit increased love for brothers and sisters (fellow Christians), your neighbors (not just literal), and even your enemies. You have received forgiveness from God and will learn to forgive.

3. Spirit
1 John 3:24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
• 1 John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
This is crucial, because:
• Rom 8:9 But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

The Spirit living in your heart helps you to do what you can’t do in your own strength.

4. Belief
1 John 4:6 We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (i.e. have discernment)
• 1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.

This is important because your beliefs control your behavior.
• Prov 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is.

There are other tests throughout the Bible, but 1 John is a good measuring gauge. The four areas cover your:
• Mind – what you believe,
• Hands – what you do, your conduct,
• Heart – what you feel, your commitment,
• Spirit – your innermost being communing with the Spirit of God,
i.e. your whole person. Everything will change because you are now a new creature:
2 Co 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
But growth takes time, so be patient. Hope this helps.

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