Being Sure About Salvation - Part 2


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This is part two of a presentation on how to determine the evidences of saving faith (who is a Christian and who is not).

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Being Sure About Salvation - Part 2

  1. 1. Being Sure About Salvation
  2. 2. Is there a way to tell who is a true Christian and who is not?
  3. 3. “And when statistics come out that show how the divorce rate among Christians is really no different than that of the rest of the world … and when other studies are done thatshow how unmarried teen pregnancy rates are no different inside or outside the Body of Christ … andwhen reports come out that speak to heavy use of alcohol and drugs among professing believers … you have to pause and wonder … why – with a God who transforms lives – why are so many supposed Christians living lives with no evidence of any transformation having taken place?” - John MacArthur
  4. 4. The Evidences of Being Lost Maturing/Growth Process Love things of world / sin Fleshly Positive / Reject God / Affections Negative things of GodHuman Birth WorksExperience / Reject Spiritual Old Nature Truth Fruit Darkened Mind Mind centered Personal life on self/flesh God & Sinful Motion Self & Holy Things Sinful Things Away From Toward
  5. 5. The Evidences of Salvation Maturing/Growth Process Love God/Things of God Holy Hate sin / world Positive / / enemies of Affections Negative GodNew Birth / WorksNew Nature Accept Spiritual Truth Fruit Renewed Mind Mind of the Personal life Sprit in Holy living Self & Sinful Holy Motion God & Things Holy Things Away From Toward
  6. 6. Five Teachings of Christ Provide the Details 1. The beginning of the Sermon on the Mount 2. The end of the Sermon on the Mount 3. The parable of the ten virgins 4. The parable of the sower 5. The parable of the wheat and the tares
  7. 7. The end of the Sermon on the Mount
  8. 8. The End of the Sermon on the Mount“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
  9. 9. “Through many tribulations wemust enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)
  10. 10. Two Ways… 1. A Narrow way 2. A Broad way
  11. 11. Two Destinations… 1. Life 2. Destruction
  12. 12. Two Groups… 1. Few 2. Many
  13. 13. The Key Evidence of True/False Believers“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears badfruit. “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15–20)
  14. 14. Two Trees… 1. Good Tree 2. Bad Tree
  15. 15. What Kind of „Good‟ Fruit is Produced?1. Holiness : “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.” (Romans 6:22)2. Christian character: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22–23)
  16. 16. What Kind of „Good‟ Fruit is Produced?3. Good works: “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; ” (Colossians 1:9–10)4. Evangelism/Witnessing: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)
  17. 17. What Kind of „Good‟ Fruit is Produced?5. Generosity (Luke 3:11): “And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.” ” (Luke 3:11)6. Praise toward God: “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. ” (Hebrews 13:15)
  18. 18. Peter‟s Signs of a True Believer “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the trueknowledge of Him who called us by His own gloryand excellence. For by these He has granted to usHis precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control,and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherlykindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ” (2 Peter 1:3–8)
  19. 19. Peter‟s Signs of a True Believer “Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you;for as long as you practice these things [previous slide], you will never stumble” (2 Peter 1:10)
  20. 20. The End of the Sermon on the Mount “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we notprophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Yourname perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:13-14, 21–23)
  21. 21. Can God Work Through Unbelievers? “Then the Lord put a word inBalaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus.” ” (Numbers 23:5) “forsaking the right way, theyhave gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; ” (2 Peter 2:15)
  22. 22. “By this means *false religion and misleading affections] he [the devil] deceives great multitudes about the state of their souls; making them think they are something, when they arenothing; and so eternally undoes them; and not only so, but establishes many in a strong confidence of their eminent holiness, who are in God’s sight some of the vilest hypocrites.” - Jonathan Edwards
  23. 23. “Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who areHis,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”” (2 Timothy 2:19)
  24. 24. Two Types of People… 1. The Doers 2. The Sayers
  25. 25. Mark of a True and False Believer“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22–25)
  26. 26. Mark of a False Believer “The Dialect of Canaan” (“Le patois de Canaan”)French theologians have a saying for the sayers-only. It describes aperson who has a spiritual language, but whose heart is actually far from God. They know all the right lingo, can punch all the right buttons … in fact, they do it so well they‟ve actually deceived themselves into the ultimate case of false security.
  27. 27. Faith and Works “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has noworks? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing andin need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmedand be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offeredup Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture wasfulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to himas righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. ” (James 2:14–26)
  28. 28. The End of the Sermon on the Mount “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, maybe compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. “And the rain fell,and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24–27)
  29. 29. Two Builders… 1. Builder on sand 2. Builder on rock
  30. 30. Two Final Outcomes… 1. Perseverance 2. Destruction
  31. 31. “The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.” (Proverbs 12:7)
  32. 32. The Inevitable Progression False Path False Teachers False Follower False Foundation True Destruction
  33. 33. “Wherever a profession of conversion is not accompanied by holiness of life it must be understood that theindividual concern is not a Christian.” - Jonathan Edwards
  34. 34. One Self-Exam1. Do I have a longing for holy things?2. Do I seek those things that honor God?3. Am I sensitive to sin?4. Am I enjoying fellowship with God?5. Do I delight in God’s Word and ways?
  35. 35. The parable of the ten virgins
  36. 36. Parable of the Ten Virgins “Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. “Five of them were foolish, and five wereprudent. “For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along withtheir lamps. “Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. “But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ “Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. “The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ “But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ “And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, andthose who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. “Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ “But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. ” (Matthew 25:1–13)
  37. 37. The Jewish Marriage1. The engagement – arranged by the fathers of the bride and groom; amounted to a contract of marriage2. The betrothal – ceremony where the vows were exchanged in the presence of family and friends. The couple was considered married at this point. Could last up to a year. During this time the groom would go away and build a home for the couple to live in3. The wedding feast – began with the groom coming unexpectedly to the bride‟s house (where she and her bridesmaids were) with his groomsmen. They would parade through the streets proclaiming the wedding feast was about to begin; this was usually done at night with torches to light their way and attract attention. The „best man‟ would place the hand of the bride‟s into the groom‟s and the couple would go back to the place the groom had prepared and remain for seven days, after which a great feast was held
  38. 38. Who‟s Who in the Parable• Who‟s missing? The Bride• The bridegroom – Jesus. A point of His deity: “For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the Lord of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth. ” (Isaiah 54:5)• The ten virgins – Professed believers who claim to love the prospect of His appearing and who demonstrate outward readiness for entrance into His kingdom. In appearance the ten were indistinguishable. They were all dressed appropriately in wedding garments and all had the required torch to carry in the wedding procession. Could this be Israel?• The lamps– Torches. Symbolize the virgin‟s outward identity with the Church. Also an expectation of an imminent return• Oil – the one thing the wise had that the unwise didn‟t: the Holy Spirit
  39. 39. “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blamelessand innocent, children of God above reproach inthe midst of a crooked and perverse generation,among whom you appear as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14–15)
  40. 40. Other Notes of Interest• “Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.” Just like: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. . . . “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” (Matthew 7:24, 26)• “Now while the bridegroom was delaying…” – the Church period; currently now.• “But at midnight…” – an unlikely time for the Bridegroom to come (the Midnight Cry). “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. ” (Matthew 24:44). Israel began their exodus from Egypt at midnight• “there was a shout…” “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. ” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)• “The foolish said to the prudent, „Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.‟ “But the prudent answered, „No…” The unwise recognize their need, but they wise cannot help them at this point; the saved cannot become saviors. A torch without fuel is obviously worthless, and a profession of faith in Jesus Christ without a saving relationship to Him is infinitely more worthless, because one is left in spiritual darkness.• “and the door was shut”. Literally „having been and staying shut‟• “‟Lord, lord, open up for us.‟ “But he answered, „Truly I say to you, I do not know you.‟ Just like: “Many will say to Me on that day, „Lord, Lord . . .‟ And then I will declare to them, „I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.‟ ” (Matthew 7:22–23)
  41. 41. “And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Once the head of the housegets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, „Lord, open up to us!‟ then He will answer and say to you, „I do not know where you are from.‟ “Then you will begin to say, „We ate anddrank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets‟; and He will say, „I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.‟ “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.” (Luke 13:23–28)
  42. 42. “Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered asGod had commanded him; and the Lord closed it behind him.” (Genesis 7:16)
  43. 43. “Like that man without proper weddingclothes, five of the bridesmaids were withoutproper torches. They had a form of godliness but had no spiritual life or power because they did not belong to God (cf. 2 Tim. 3:5). They were committed to Jesus Christ religiously, intellectually, socially, and no doubt emotionally. But they were not committed to Him in their hearts becausetheir hearts had not been regenerated by His saving grace. They had the appearance of faith, but it was dead (cf. James 2:17). Theywere in darkness, not light. The warning Jesusgave in this parable is repeated over and over in the gospels, a continually recurring theme of His teaching. He warns that professed believers are like wheat and tares; some are genuine and some are false. They are compared to various kinds of soils, some ofwhich give initial evidence of productivity butonly one of which genuinely receives the seed of the gospel and allows it to take root andgrow. It was not a popular message in Jesus‟day and is not a popular message today even in many evangelical churches.” - John MacArthur
  44. 44. Being Sure About Salvation