Am I Saved? Are You Saved?

9 01 2008

Consider this (biblically faithful) conclusion I received today from a friend:

For those who question their salvation, the best evidence is not the memory of having raised a hand or prayed a prayer. Nor is it having been baptized or christened. The true test of the authentic work of God in one’s life is growth in Christ-like character, increased love for God and other people, and the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-25; James 2:18). A memorable conversion experience may serve as an important referent to God’s saving work in one’s life. But the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in making a person more like Jesus is the clearest indicator that one has been made a new creation in Christ.

By: Erik Thoennes. Erik is associate professor of theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

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