We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
-1 John 3:14-15
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
Seven Indicators of True Salvation If you were put on trial for being a Christian, would the evidence of your life be overwhelmingly clear that you know Christ and that He knows you? Genuine salvation is a life-changing experience. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come”(2 Cor. 5: 17). Good works do not remove sins, nor can they save anyone. But after a person is genuinely saved and is truly transformed by Christ, specific good works will start showing up as evidence or proof of their salvation. These seven things are not the cause or roots of salvation, but they are the fruits of true salvation. The book of 1 John gives us seven key indicators of genuine salvation revealing that someone is truly saved and knows God.
A lifestyle of obedience to God. Though Christians stumble and make mistakes, the big picture direction and habit of a true believer becomes one of submission and obedience to Christ. They will want to read and follow God’s Word. The Holy Spirit in their lives bends them toward greater and greater obedience. What about you? Have you been living a lifestyle of obedience toward God? “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked”(1 John 2:3–6).
A confession of Jesus as the Christ, God’s Son. First John 2:22–23 says, “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.” While cults communicate that Jesus was merely a good teacher or prophet, God’s Word says He is the Christ, the sinless Son of God, and the Lord of all. Do you openly confess that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, or do you believe Him to be merely a good teacher or prophet?
A lifestyle of repentance of sin. Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”(Luke 13:3). Though we all stumble in many ways (James 3:2), true believers will be confessing and turning away from sin, while false believers will not. First John 3:9–10 says, “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. 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.”
Genuine love for other believers. “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him”(1 John 3:14–15). God’s Spirit pours out God’s love into the hearts of God’s children (Rom. 5: 5; Gal. 5: 22). Do you have a genuine love for other believers?
The discipline of God your Father. “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are”(1 John 3:1). Even as a loving earthly father disciplines his children, God promises to discipline His children when they get out of line. He says this is one of the evidences of true salvation. “God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons… All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness”(Heb.12:7–8, 11). Have you experienced the clear discipline of your heavenly Father in your life?
The presence of God’s Holy Spirit. “This is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us”(1 John 3:24). If you are a true believer, then God’s Spirit is in you and will testify with your spirit that you are a child of God (Rom. 8:16). He will also convict you when you sin (John 16:8), reveal what God’s Word says when you read it (John 14:26), and pour genuine love, joy, and peace in and through you toward others (Gal. 5:22). Have you been experiencing these evidences of the Holy Spirit in your life?
Faith in Jesus alone for salvation (and not yourself). “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 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 5:12–13). Or as Paul said in Philippians 3:9, “Not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.” Have you been trusting in Jesus alone for your salvation, or trusting yourself or your church?
These seven things are signs of a changed life—litmus tests revealing whether God has really made you a new creation or not. They don’t come naturally and are impossible to fake long-term. The world, the flesh, and the devil are all against you doing these things and will push you in the opposite direction from them. But if you look at your life over the past few months from a fifty-thousand-foot view, do you see these things? Do you see a genuine love for other believers? Or not? Repentance of sin? Or not? Obedience to God? Or not? The discipline of your Father? Or not? The evidence of God’s Spirit? Or not? A confession of Jesus as God’s Son? Or not? A genuine faith in Jesus alone for salvation? Or not? If these indicators reveal a true relationship with Christ, then rejoice and rest in it. If they do not, then don’t put off the command of Scripture to repent and believe in Jesus Christ, placing your faith in Him alone for genuine salvation.
re: the post about religions leading to heaven: Jehovah's Witnesses believe in salvation through Jesus Christ. They are baptized in his name.
The problem with Jehovah‘s Witness is that they do not worship the God of the Bible, they have made a god of their own choosing. They have rejected parts of who God is, and it is rejection of God that leads to Hell. John 12:48, “He
who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges
him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.“ Here are some basic doctrinal teachings of the Jehovah’s Witness that deviate from the truth of the Bible…
Only certain people within their organization can understand the Bible, not individuals - The Bible leaves no doubt that God gives everyone the necessary capacity to understand what the Bible says as they seek after Him. God wants us to draw near to Him, to be in relationship with Him, and therefore He reveals Himself to us through the Bible.
Jehovah’s Witness does not believe in the Trinity - This is a massively grave point. If we deny the trinity, the entirety of the gospel is dismantled. Rejecting the Trinity either means that you are either polytheistic (you believe that the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all separate Gods), or you believe that two persons of the trinity are not God. Both these options are in direct opposition to the Bible. Isaiah 46:9 reminds us that there is only one God, “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.” The concept of the Trinity is solidified in verses such as John 1:1-3, 14; Isaiah 9:6; John 10:30; Colossians 1:15; John 14:9-11; Philippians 2:5-8; Genesis 1:26
Jesus is not equal with God - Philipians 2:5-6 says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.“ Jesus often talks about submitting to the Father’s will, but this does not mean they are unequal.
Salvation comes through works - Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.“ We cannot earn our salvation, not through works, not through baptism. The Bible consistently teaches that salvation comes only through faith. One of the primary indicators of a false religion is works-based salvation. The Bible teaches that we need Jesus because we cannot save ourselves, and that apart from God, nothing we do is good. (Romans 3:10-12)
We will be gods when we get to heaven - Again, the Bible repeatedly declares that God is the one and only God, now and forever. Isaiah 44:6, “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.“
There is no hell, unbelievers merely cease to exist - were the entire book of Revelation not proof enough, throughout, Matthew 13:41-42 paints a dire picture. “The
Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His
kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.“ Mark 9:43 tells us that this punishment is eternal and unceasing. “If
your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter
into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the
fire that shall never be quenched“
Those are just a few of the fallacies taught by the Jehovah’s Witness. By rejecting the character of God, they condemn themselves to hell. Anyone can say they believe in God, but if it is not the God of the Bible that they are putting their trust in, their faith is worthless.
The Israselites at one point put their trust in a golden calf and called it God, but that wasn’t God. What they chose to believe God was couldn’t save them because it wasn’t true. They made a god of their own choosing. We MUST put our trust in who God says He is, not our idea of Him, nor anyone else’s. God is everything that the Bible says He is, and only who the Bible says He is.
ought to forget anything which has nothing to do with Heaven. For in
Heaven is our abode. Our Jesus is waiting for us there. ‘And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto
myself; that where I am, there you may be also’ (John 14:3).”
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” - (John 3:14-16)
In Ephesians 6 when Paul describes the armor of God, each piece is defensive except scripture, which the sword of the Spirit. We know from Hebrews 4 that the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, so it seems imperative that we wield such a weapon with great care. Jesus came to save the lost and to fulfill the law - to make us right before God. The enemy is not the nonbeliever, is not your belligerent cousin on facebook. Sin, which leads to death, is the enemy. Satan is the enemy.
The following two points are just my opinions:
When reading scripture, especially to someone else, especially to someone else who doesn’t know scripture well, context is key. A lot of this list is made of single verses, but reading the surrounding chapter will help us understand what was going on, what God meant, and how to practically apply it.
2 Corinthians 3 tells us that if the law which condemns us is glorious, the gospel which makes us righteous is much more! Scripture that convicts us of our sin is important, but the gospel doesn’t stop there. When we’re ministering to ourselves or others, we can’t forget to follow conviction with the hope and freedom that Jesus offers us.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Eph 2:1-10
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
John 14:11- “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.” (KJV)
Devotion: Much of the works Jesus did on earth was miracles he performed. However, in present day we discount the credibility of miracles because we rely heavily on reason and logic but a large portion of believing in miracles is having faith in God. Is there an area in your life where a miracle is needed? Maybe it’s in your relationships, finances or in your heart. Don’t give up on believing. Miracles can and do happen but only through your faith in God.
Lord,we don't even know where you are going.How can we know the way?
I am the way, the truth and the life! without Me, no one can go to the Father. if you had known Me, you would have known the Father.But from now on, you do know Him, and you have seen Him.
Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need.
Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don't you know who I am? if you have seen me, you have seen the father. How can you ask me to show you the Father? Don't you believe that I am one with the Father and that the Father is one with me? what I say isn't said on my own. The Father who lives in me does these things.
Have faith in me when I say that the Father is one with me and that I am one with the Father. Or else have faith in me simply because of the things I do. I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things that I'm doing.You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father.Ask me, and I will do whatever you ask.This way the Son will bring honor to the Father. I will do whatever you ask me to do.(John 14)