Signs You Are a TRUE BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN and OBEDIENT TO CHRIST For Jesus Christ Said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” Daniel Whyte III Adds to Dr. Mattera’s Theme: The True Test of Being a Born-Again Christian — of Truly Being Saved — is a HEALTHY FEAR OF GOD, a TREMBLING AT HIS WORD, and CONSISTENT OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD and CHRIST.
Daniel Whyte III Says Further, Many pastors have committed the spiritual crime over the past thirty to fifty years of jumbling up other things with pure salvation through simple faith in Christ because many have been more concerned about attendance and people joining the church and becoming paying members than they have been about the salvation of the soul of the individual. So it has to be said in this confused, convoluted, Laodicean church environment that true born-again salvation evidence is not baptism, it is not being a member of the church, it is not speaking in some unknown tongue, it is not jumping and shouting and running around the church, it is not how much work you do in the church, it is not preaching, it is not singing in the choir, it is not singing on a praise team, it is not working in the church’s “coffee shop,” it is not working in a small group or working in what we used to call Sunday School, it is not giving money to the church, it is not a religious experience that you had when you were a child, and it is not seeing a vision and feeling something running down your spine or your leg. The first man who went to Paradise with Jesus Christ — the thief on the cross — did not have a chance to do any of these things. Your true born-again salvation is simply believing what Jesus Christ said when He said the most important words ever said in the history of the world to mankind: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Once you truly believe in Christ you will also experience conviction about your sin, whereas you did not experience that before you trusted Christ as Your Saviour. You will experience a peace that passeth all understanding in your soul and a joy unspeakable. When you sin against God as a Christian, that peace and that joy and the fellowship you had with God will be broken until you acknowledge and confess your sin and repent.
Dr. Mattera goes on to say: Paul said he was a “drink offering.” This meant that he offered his very life, spirit, soul, and body to the Lord and to His church as a “living sacrifice” (Numbers 15:4-10; 2 Timothy 4:6; Romans 12:1-2). He also said he not only “spent” but “was spent” for the Gospel (2 Corinthians 12:15). When you spend, you donate discretionary resources. When you are spent, you give everything you have, even your life.
As The Homilies of S. John Chrysostom on the Statues: Or, To the People of Antioch says “The rich man is not one who is in possession of much, but one who gives much.”
When a person is only partially committed to Christ, he is “half baked.” It’s like a half-baked cake or something that is lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, like the Laodicean church (Hosea 7:8, Revelation 3:14-16). Jesus expects His disciples to count the cost and forsake all to follow Him (Luke 14:23-35).
The following are seven signs you are living the sown life:
1. You fully surrender to the will of God every day without hesitation
Every morning we need to start the day with a blank slate in our hearts, fully submissive to the Lord. We should echo the words of Jesus when He told the Father, “Not My will but Your will be done.” (Matthew 26:39)
When we start the day with that submissive attitude, we allow Him the opportunity to fill us with His Spirit. Consequently, by waiting upon Him and practicing the spiritual disciplines (private or corporate prayer, worship, bible meditation, fellowship with other believers), it is easier to abide in His presence throughout the day and set the Lord before us (Psalm 16:8).
2. You live a life of peace that arises out of fully resolving to live for Christ.
When we acknowledge and submit to Christ in all our ways, we are at peace because we can trust that He’s directing our paths (Proverbs 3:5-7). By submitting to Him daily, we cast our cares upon the Lord and resist our anxious thoughts by prayer and supplication (Phillippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:6).
Source: Christian Post, Joseph Mattera
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