EIGHT EVIDENCES OF GENUINE SALVATION

Following are eight evidences, given in God’s Word, that reveal if a person is truly born again. (There are more, but we have listed these eight so that you may use then to examine yourself to see if you are in the faith.)

According to Scripture, the following will be true of a genuinely saved person.

1. He Is a New Creature
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (II Cor. 5:17)
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Gal. 6:15)

2. He Loves and Trusts the Bible
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (I Jn. 5:2-3)
“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” (II Jn. 6)
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (II Jn. 9)

3. He Has the Holy Spirit’s Witness
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (Rom. 8:16)
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Gal. 4:6)

4. He Has the Love of God in His Heart
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” (I Jn. 4:7-11)
If he truly loves God, he will obey His commandments.
“And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” (I Jn. 3:23-24)
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (I Jn. 5:2-3)
“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” (II Jn. 6)
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (II Jn. 9)

5. He Has a Love for the Brethren
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” (I Jn. 3:14- 15)
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (I Jn. 4:20)

6. He Does Not Continue in Sin
“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” (I Jn. 3:6)
“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (I Jn. 3:8-9)

7. He Has the “Fruit of the Spirit” in His Life
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Gal. 5:22-23)

8. He Does Not Love the World
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not     all of us.” (I Jn. 2:15-19)

WHAT IF ANY—OR ALL—OF THESE EIGHT EVIDENCES ARE LACKING?

If any or all of these eight evidences are missing in a person’s life, there is just reason to question his genuine salvation, regardless of his profession of faith.

If a person really is saved but is lacking some of these evidences, this means he has a serious sin problem, for which he needs to repent.
So then, whenever one or more of these evidences is lacking in a person’s life, the problem is one of two things.

1. This person has never truly been born again. (This is a hard truth, since the majority of professing church members in America today do not have evidence of true salvation.)

2. This person has a sin problem in his life somewhere, for which he needs to repent.

THE SOLUTION

Beloved, we pray that both your spirit and fruit bear witness to your salvation. If not, this can be changed now. This very moment you can repent of your sin.
Genuine repentance is from the heart, when the heart is broken and contrite over sin. True repentance is a change of attitude followed by a corresponding change of action. A lost person’s corresponding action will be, to by faith, entirely surrender his heart and life to Jesus Christ. Anyone reading this can do this now and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Repent and, by faith, believe—and you shall receive.

A PRAYER FOR SALVATION

“Lord, I confess that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and ask You to forgive me of my sins. I know You are alive and I believe You are the Saviour. I want You to be my Saviour. I give You my whole heart and life now. It is no longer mine; it is Yours to do with as You please. I receive Your forgiveness.
Jesus, I receive You now into my heart by faith. I take You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and coming to live in my heart.”

If you’ve done this, please let us know. Thanks!

If you are already a born again believer, please feel free to share this with those you love who aren’t saved.

This blog is an Excerpt from The Expected Christian Life—An Exposition of Romans 6-8

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