HT: Crosstalk Blog
Great video! Many need to see this video.
Thank you for posting this.
2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Wonderful testimonies of the Lord’s grace toward undeserving people He has called to new life in Christ!
I was told I was saved when I was 8 years old. No repentance evident, much enjoyment of sin for many years thereafter – signs of Romans 1:18ff.
But God, Who is merciful, called me from the darkness and into His marvelous light when I was 38 years old! It took me coming to the knowledge of Reformed theology before I recognized my “revival” more accurately as my salvation.
I’m not sure if I am misunderstanding, but I don’t know if I would categorize these people as false converts necessarily. Believers are already sanctified through Christ in heaven, but the Holy Spirit still works to sanctify us on earth.
Romans 6:11-22 tells us to count ourselves dead to the old nature and yield the new nature to God; we are delivered by the Spirit. We must yield to the Spirit and let Him work in us, or we will become slaves to sin. Paul still struggled with the two natures in Romans 7:15-25; he spoke of the battle between the mind which holds the knowledge of the Law and that which is good, and sin (the natural body/ the flesh).
“Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”
It is clear that the true believer in Christ will still struggle with sin. To struggle with sin and even give in to sin or turn your back on God for a time does not mean you have not been saved. Thanks be to God that He is faithful even when we are faithless. (I Cor 1:2, 8-9). And only God knows those who are truly His. But as true believers we must stop resisting and let the Spirit work to sanctify us here on earth.
“The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Rom 8:6)
2 Cor 13v5, ‘Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you, unless indeed you are disqualified?’
We should know, truly, whether we are God’s or not. We have His word to go by.
I have just read Hebrews 10:26-27, it is written that those who have had the knowledge of the Truth and still sin on purpose, have no forgiveness left.
In another part of Scripture (i don’t remember where) it is written that we must continually test ourselves to see if we are still in the faith. I believe it is not so much a case of saved – then sinned – then damned, more a case of satan creeping up with nice words, slowly turning one, one step at a time going back without noticing.
After all, if the Holy Spirit is living in you, He will tell you what is right and wrong. But as the flesh continually strives against the spirit, one may at some point, without knowing, disregard the voice of the Spirit. Simply because the Flesh drowns out the voice.
Which says to me, that it is possible to be a “false convert.” Saying a prayer does not mean saved by a prayer.
I believe the scripture you are looking for is in 2 Corinthians 13v5, ‘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?
A modern rendering reads, ‘Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you, unless indeed you are disqualified?
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