Tests of Salvation

Are you really saved? Several passages of scripture offer us tests of salvation; indicators of whether one has genuinely been converted.  One of those texts is Romans Chapter 8.  Multiple verses in the chapter describe the person for whom “There is therefore now no condemnation … in Christ Jesus”. Among them are:

— :5 “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

— :9 “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.”

— :13 “If by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the flesh, you will live.”

— :15 “You have a spirit of adoption as sons, by which we cry out ‘Abba, Father.'” and “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.” (:16)

If you want to know whether you are truly saved, “in Christ Jesus”, or “in the Spirit” (all the same thing) then evaluate your life in view of those verses.  What is your mind set on; fleshly or spiritual things?  Is the Spirit of God in you? What evidence of that is there?  Are you “putting to death the deeds of the flesh”? (That doesn’t mean that you never sin, but that you are gradually making progress in holiness) And is there something in your heart (The Spirit of God) that makes you feel like God is indeed your Heavenly Father?

The best test of your salvation is not whether you have walked an aisle, “said a prayer”, or signed a card, but whether you pass Biblical evaluations of salvation like we find here in Romans 8.  II Corinthians 13:5 says “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith.”  What does the Romans 8 test say about YOUR salvation?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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