How to know if you are a real Christian (Part 2) flows in continuation from previous Part 1. How To Know If You Are A Real Christian, Examined. Objection 1 – People are different from demons. Some people have strong religious experiences, and think of them as proof of God’s working in their hearts. Often […]
How to know if you are a real Christian, that you belong to God. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that and shudder.” James 2:19 How to know if you are a real Christian: How do you know if you belong to God? We see in these words what […]
The right heart is a broken and contrite heart that believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and in which Christ dwells by faith. J.C. Ryle.
The wrong heart is now set before you. Look at it. Examine yourself. Perhaps your heart is unchanged, still just as it was when you were born. J.C. Ryle.
Heart in the Sight of God “Give me thy heart” Proverbs 23:26 “Thy heart is not right in the sight of God” Acts 8:21 The heart is the main thing in religion. I make no excuse for asking the special attention of my readers, while I try to say a few things about the heart. […]
“The Iniquity of the Holy Things.”- Exodus 28:38 What a veil is lifted up by these words, and what a disclosure is made! It will be humbling and profitable for us to pause awhile and see this sad sight. The iniquities of our public worship, its hypocrisy, formality, lukewarmness, irreverence, wandering of heart and forgetfulness […]
If you be a child of God, you will seek thy Father’s face, and live in thy Father’s love. Pray that this year you may be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of his love.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle
“Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4
He who wishes to attain right views about Christian holiness must begin by examining the vast and solemn subject of sin. He must dig down very low if he would build high. A mistake here is most mischievous. Wrong views about holiness are generally traceable to wrong views about human corruption. I make no apology for beginning this volume of messages about holiness by making some plain statements about sin.
My brethren, this is a lesson for us; let us never reckon that we have learned a doctrine till we have seen its bearing upon our lives. Whatever we discover in God’s word, let us pray the Holy Spirit to make us feel the sanctifying influence of it. You know not a man because you recognize his features, you must also know his spirit, and so the mere acquaintance with the letter of truth is of small account — you must feel its influence and know its tendency.
Are you a Christian?
Many people who claim to be point to some event in the past to substantiate their claim. But inviting Jesus to come into your life in the past is not proof that you are genuinely saved. In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul says to the Corinthian church, “Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove yourselves (emphasis added).” He wouldn’t have said that if some event in the past were obviously the answer. The Bible never verifies anyone’s salvation by the past but by the present. If there is no evidence of salvation in your life now, you need to face the fact that you may not be a Christian. You need to examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith. How does one do that? Jesus shows us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).