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Checking For Indwelling Salvation

Dr. Stephen Phinney

Many use “I am a Christian” as a ticket to salvation and eternal life. Authentic Body members should never count on a stale testimony as an assurance of a loved one’s salvation. Real indwelling faith is alive and sharper than a two-edged sword. It breathes life, promotes life, and propagates life unto life’s last breath. Below are a few helpful ways to “double-check” authentic indwelling salvation.

  • Are they hostile toward God? (Rom. 8:7)

  • Are they submitting to God daily? (Rom. 8:8)

  • Is their lifestyle honorable to the Lord? (Rom. 8:8)

  • Do they have a desire to fellowship with other believers? (1 John 1:2-3)

  • Do they have daily joy in daily living? (Phil. 1:4)

  • Do they understand the difference between “following” vs. being in Christ? (Rom. 6:11)

  • Are they sensitive to the power of sin? (Rom. 3:23)

  • Do they avoid friendship with the world? (James 4:4)

  • Do they eagerly look forward to the Rapture? (Phil. 3:20)

  • Are they known for their love? (3 John 1:6)

  • Are they known for their deeds in serving Jesus Christ? (1 Peter 2:12)

  • Do they have an attitude of “enduring to the end?” (Matt. 13:13)

  • Are they willing to suffer for the sake of Christ? (1 Cor. 4:13)

  • Do they have the ability to separate Truth from evil? (1 Thess. 5:21)

  • Have you seen the flow of the Holy Spirit come forth from them? (Gal. 4:6)

  • Do they keep themselves from idols? (1 John 5:21)

While many of the above traits overlap one another, this is not a smorgasbord! The true Christian will not consider if he can get away with embracing 1, 7, and 10 above and leave the rest at the Lord’s Table. No, as new creations, we desire all that has been freely given to us in Christ, that we fall behind in no good thing. The true Christian looks not for excuses, but fullness (Matt. 5:6), which we have found and will continue to find at the foot of the Cross, as well as in the believer’s identification with Christ in co-death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. (Rom. 6) While no walk is perfect here on earth, true indwelt believers consistently radiate a passion for living in Christ.

  • Who is Jesus Christ?

  • When did you meet Him?

  • Tell me about this introduction.

  • How real has God been this week to your heart?

  • How clear and vivid is your assurance and certainty of God’s forgiveness and fatherly love. To what degree is that real to you right now?

  • Are you having any particular seasons of sweet delight in God? Do you really sense His presence in your life? Do you really sense Him giving you his love?

  • Does the Holy Spirit mostly control you?

  • Do you have a new nature?

  • Please explain to me what it means to have a new nature in Christ.

  • Do you have a passion for loving others, particularly those that reject you?