These are my notes from my ladies’ Sunday School class this morning. I’ll be posting the notes from my class here each week. Click here for last week’s lesson.
How Can I Be Certain I’m Saved?
The Character of Genuine
2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
**Scripture is the measuring stick we use for examining ourselves. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 19:7-8)
**Direction, not perfection.
1: EVIDENCES THAT NEITHER PROVE NOR DISPROVE ONE’S FAITH
|A. Visible Morality:||Matt. 19:16–21; 23:27.
|B. Intellectual Knowledge:
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|Rom. 1:21; 2:17ff.|
|C. Religious Involvement:||Matt. 25:1–10|
|D. Active Ministry:
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|E. Conviction of Sin:||Acts 24:25|
|F. Assurance:||Matt. 23|
|G. Time of Decision:||Luke 8:13, 14|
2: THE FRUIT/PROOFS OF AUTHENTIC/TRUE CHRISTIANITY:
**These are not things we strive to do, but what God works in our hearts as He sanctifies us day by day.
|A. Love for God:||Ps. 42:1ff; 73:25; Luke 10:27; Rom. 8:7; **1 John 4:19|
|B. Repentance from Sin:||Ps. 32:5; Prov. 28:13; Rom. 7:14ff; 2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 1:8–10; **Psalm 119:128|
|C. Genuine Humility:||Ps. 51:17; Matt. 5:1–12; James 4:6, 9ff.|
|D. Devotion to God’s Glory:||Ps. 105:3; 115:1; Is. 43:7, 48:10ff.; Jer. 9:23, 24; 1 Cor. 10:31.|
|E. Continual Prayer:||Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18ff.; Phil. 4:6ff.; 1 Tim. 2:1–4; James 5:16–18|
|F. Selfless Love:||1 John 2:9ff, 3:14; 4:7ff.|
|G. Separation from the World:||1 Cor. 2:12; James 4:4ff.; 1 John 2:15–17, 5:5|
|H. Spiritual Growth:||Luke 8:15; John 15:1–6; Eph. 4:12–16|
|I. Obedient Living:
K. Transformation of Life
|Matt. 7:21; John 15:14ff.; Rom. 16:26;
1 Pet. 1:2, 22; 1 John 2:3–5
1 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:17
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.
3: THE CONDUCT OF THE GOSPEL:
A. Proclaim it: Matt. 4:23
B. Defend it: Jude 3
C. Demonstrate it: Phil. 1:27
D. Share it: Phil. 1:5
E. Suffer for it: 2 Tim. 1:8
F. Don’t hinder it: 1 Cor. 9:12
G. Be not ashamed: Rom. 1:16
H. Preach it: 1 Cor. 9:16
I. Be empowered: 1 Thess. 1:5
J. Guard it: Gal. 1:6:-8
*This document was written by Dr. John MacArthur and is part of the MacArthur Study Bible notes. It can be found on line here.
**Supplementary information I have added to Dr. MacArthur’s original document.