Now here is a question that many ask, if not out loud, then certainly in their head. Most of the time with an air of offense. I know this because it has been confessed later. That question being, "Who are you to question my salvation?"
Well, the bible actually encourages us to do this. Since I presented that challenge in the previous post I thought I had better back it up. The Apostle Paul, who wrote the better part of the New Testament wrote these words in 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 you fail to meet the test."
This scripture is written in context as part of a thought process that has involved concerns expressed about unrepentant sin(1 Corinthians 13:20-21).
If you have not turned from your sin and surrendered your heart to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, then you have reason to be concerned. If there is very little to no evidence of the fruit of obedience to the commands of scripture in your life you had better hope that someone questions it. Worse yet, if you don't possess a truly heart-felt desire to repent and pursue holiness before God then there is a problem.
You don't want to find out when it is too late. There is no chance of repentance once you are in hell.
Stay with me as we discuss further attitudes surrounding a lack of repentance. Also, we will discuss what it means to be a believer and follower of the one true and living God; a believer who is truly living a life of repentance and obedience that is indicative of change. A change that works itself from the inside out, not the outside in. It IS a heart issue, NOT simply a behavioral issue. There is no greater truth to get right in this life than a proper understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you are wondering how these things apply to your heart and the way you live out your life as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we will get there. Application is important but we need to get the basics first.
Love in Christ,