Are You A Phony Christian?
Matthew 23:14: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows* houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
God has never given you a command that you cannot obey, including this one. You can find ample evidence to determine whether or not you are really a Christian. You cannot afford to be wrong about this. Making a mistake on this issue will cost you eternity in the Lake of Fire. You are responsible for getting this right.
The presence of Christ in you ought to be unmistakable. If you do not know for certain He is in you, you need to make certain.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
There is a distinction of infinite width between the sinner dead in sin, and the child of God quickened by the Spirit, who has been adopted into the family of the Most High.
An infinite width between yourself when you were dead in sin and yourself after you have been quickened by the Holy Spirit ought to be unmistakable to you. If that width is not unmistakable to you, you should doubt that you are saved.
1 John 3:14: We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
What greater distinction could there be than that between death and life? Have you experienced a change that powerful? Have you ever suddenly experienced a greater love for Christians?
2 Corinthians 2:16: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
Has there ever been an event that made you feel differently about believers than you did before? Has there ever been an event that made you feel differently about unbelievers than you did before?
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Has anything ever happened to you that changed things about you that surprised and amazed you?
Romans 6:16: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
John 8:34: Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
When we become saved we get a new Master. If we quit a job and get a new one we don*t serve the old boss and we don*t get paid by him. When we work for a new boss we do the things that he wants, he is the one that rewards us and the rewards are different.
A Christian or unbeliever who is not serving God is abnormal and dysfunctional. A Christian or unbeliever who is not serving God is miserable.
Albert Barnes Commentary:
Capitalized words mine.
2 Timothy 1:12: For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I KNOW whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
1 John 3:14: WE KNOW that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
1 John 3:19: And hereby WE KNOW that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
1 John 3:24: 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.
1 John 5:2: By this WE KNOW that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1 John 5:18: WE KNOW that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And WE KNOW that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And WE KNOW that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
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