Take the Test
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5: 13)
The apostle John wrote his first letter for the express purpose of enabling Christians to have assurance of their salvation. John knew that the Christians of his day were tempted to doubt the validity of their salvation. Today many Christians struggle with doubts about their salvation. John’s letter contains some helpful tests that will help a person know the condition of their standing with Jesus Christ.
Test One : No habitual sinning. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God (3: 9).
Test Two: Believe in Jesus Christ. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him (5: 1).
Test Three: Do righteousness. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him (2: 29).
Test Four : Love others. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death (3: 14).
Test Five: Overcome the world. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (5: 4).
Test Six: Purity. We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him (5: 18).
How did you do? Are you passing the tests? You have before you the evidences of genuine salvation. Dr. Roger D. Willmore is one our most popular speakers at America’s Keswick. Check out his messages from this summer at https://new.livestream.com/accounts/4601485
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 8615-8641). . Kindle Edition.
Think About This: Do all the good you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. John Wesley
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is.” 1 John 3:2 (NLT)