Thursday, September 2, 2010

FAITH TEST: 14 KARAT or FOOL's Gold?

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from GOD... This is how you can recognize the SPIRIT of GOD: Every spirit that acknowledges that JESUS CHRIST has come in the flesh is from GOD, but every spirit that does not acknowledge JESUS is not from GOD. (I John 4:1, 2, 3)

Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? ...faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do." As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 1:16, 22; 2:14, 17-18, 26)

The man who says, "I know GOD," but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys His Word, GOD's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as JESUS did. (I John 2:4-6)

Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that JESUS is the CHRIST. Such a man is an anti-CHRIST who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (1 John 2:22-23)

No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. No one who is born of GOD will continue to sin, because GOD's Seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of GOD. (1 John 3:6, 7, 9).

This is how we know who the children of GOD are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of GOD; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. This is how we know what love is: JESUS CHRIST laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers...let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:10, 16, 18)

And this is GOD's command: to believe in the name of His Son, JESUS CHRIST, and to love one another as He commanded us. Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the SPIRIT He gave us. (1 John 3:23-24)

Anyone who believes in the Son of GOD has this testimony in his heart...And this is the testimony: GOD has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of GOD does not have life. (1 John 5:10, 11, 12)

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of GOD so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves... (2 Corinthians 13:5)

The Character of GENUINE SAVING FAITH (John MacArthur's Study Bible)

I. EVIDENCES that NEITHER PROVE NOR DISPROVE ONE'S FAITH

A. Visible morality
B. Intellectual knowledge
C. Religious involvement
D. Active ministry
E. Conviction of sin

F. Assurance
G. Time of decision

II. The FRUIT/PROOFS of AUTHENTIC/TRUE CHRISTIANITY

A. Love for GOD
B. Repentance from sin
C. Genuine humility
D. Devotion to GOD's glory
E. Continual prayer
F. Selfless love
G. Separation from the world
H. Spiritual growth
I. Obedient living
J. Hunger for GOD's Word
K. Transformation of life
If LIST I is true of a person and List II is false, there is cause to question the validity of one's profession of faith. Yet if LIST II is true, then the top list will be also.
(John MacArthur)

Therefore, if anyone is in CHRIST, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The one truly born of GOD is characterized by FAITH, LOVE, OBEDIENCE. Not that the follower of CHRIST has been perfected in the flesh -- body, mind, will, emotions -- (for sanctification is a lifetime process), but that his new nature has a different bent : a bent towards righteousness and holiness. He no longer sins habitually or persistently. He is not sinless, but he sins less.

And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. (2 Corinthians 13:6)


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