Saturday, January 22, 2011

True Saving Faith

It is greatly to be feared that there are multitudes in Christendom who verily imagine and sincerely believe that they are among the saved, yet who are total strangers to a work of divine grace in their hearts. It is one thing to have clear intellectual conceptions of God's truth, it is quite another matter to have a personal, real heart acquaintance with it. It is one thing to believe that sin is the awful thing that the Bible says it is, but it is quite another matter to have a holy horror and hatred of it in the soul. It is one thing to know that God requires repentance, it is quite another matter to experimentally mourn and groan over our vileness. It is one thing to believe that Christ is the only Savior for sinners, it is quite another matter to really trust Him from the heart. It is one thing to believe that Christ is the sum of all excellency', it is quite another matter to LOVE HIM above all others. It is one thing to believe that God is the great and holy One, it is quite another matter to truly reverence and fear Him. It is one thing to believe that salvation is of the Lord, it is quite another matter to become an actual partaker of it through His gracious workings. A.W. Pink

7 Signs of True Saving Faith:

Faith in Christ's sufficient work on the cross

Signs and evidence of true biblical repentance

Deliberate turn from a life enslaved to sin to embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior

Desire/joy to follow God's Word-(obeying God's law from the heart)

Bearing fruit (attitude [fruit of the Spirit] and action [good works])-Continual working out our salvation

Desire to live for God's glory

Christlike desires and emotions

Mark Talbot The Signs of True Conversion, Crossway Books, 2000.

Another proof of the conquest of a soul for Christ will be found in a real change of life. If the man does not live differently from what he did before, both at home and abroad, his repentance needs to be repented of and his conversion is a fiction. C.H. Spurgeon

Sin forsaken is one of the best evidences of sin forgiven. J.C. Ryle

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