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Being Sure About Salvation Part 4


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This presentation concludes the series on the evidences of true saving faith

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Being Sure About Salvation Part 4

  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. “There is no question whatsoever, that is of greater importance to mankind, and what is more concerns every individual person to be well resolved in, than this: What are the distinguishingqualifications of those that arein favor with God, and entitled to his eternal rewards?” -Jonathan EdwardsA Treatise Concerning Religious Affections Page 1
  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. “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97)“Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.” (Psalm 139:21–22)
  7. 7. “That religion which God requires, and will accept, does not consist in weak, dull, and lifeless wishes, raising us but a little above a state of indifference: God, in his word,greatly insists upon it, that we be good in earnest, ‘fervent inspirit’, and our hearts vigorously engaged in religion. . . . If we be not in good earnest in religion,and our wills and inclinations be not strongly exercised, we are nothing.” - Jonathan Edwards
  8. 8. The Struggle for Domination “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are inopposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. [the new affections]” (Galatians 5:16–17)“For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. ” (Romans 7:15)
  9. 9. “Hence the work of the Spirit of God in regeneration is often in Scripture compared to the giving a new sense, giving eyes to see, and ears to hear,unstopping the ears of the deaf, and opening the eyes of them that were bornblind, and turning from darkness unto light. And because this spiritual sense is immensely the most noble and excellent, and that without which all other principles of perception, and all our faculties are useless and vain; thereforethe giving this new sense, with the blessed fruits and effects of it in the soul, is compared to a raising the dead and to a new creation.” -Jonathan Edwards A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  10. 10. The Move toward Holiness Old Nature God & Sinful Motion Self & Holy Things Sinful Things Away From Toward Disrupts maturity New Nature Self & Sinful Holy Motion God & Things Holy Things Away From Toward
  11. 11. “As from true divine love flow all Christian affections, so from a counterfeit love in like manner naturally flow other false affections. In both cases, love is the fountain, and the other affections are the streams.” -Jonathan Edwards A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Evidence from the Sermon on the Mount The Saved The Unsaved Know they need spiritual salvation Are ‘rich’ in themselves and see no need Hunger for God’s righteousness Have no appetite for God’s righteousness Mourn over their sin Laugh in their sin Are rejected/persecuted by the world Are welcomed/accepted by the world
  14. 14. “Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands far away; For truth has stumbled in the street, Anduprightness cannot enter. Yes, truth is lacking; And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey.” (Isaiah 59:14–15)
  15. 15. “The contrary affection of hatred also, as having sin for its object, is spoken of in Scripture as no inconsiderable part of true religion. It is spoken of as that by which true religion may be known anddistinguished; Prov. 8:13, ‘The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.’ So holydesire, exercised in longings, hungerings, and thirstings after God andholiness, is often mentioned in Scripture as an important part of true religion.” -Jonathan Edwards A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  16. 16. Evidence from the Sermon on the Mount“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)
  17. 17. Evidence from 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)
  18. 18. Evidence from the Parable of the Ten Virgins• They were all the same outwardly• All had the same outward ‘mechanism’ for producing light• The ‘oil’ in the parable is representative of the Holy Spirit who is the One who produces life: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. . . . The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)• Without the life, the ‘torch’ won’t put forth light and remains in darkness• What might the light represent? “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)• “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
  19. 19. “All who are truly religious are not of this world, they are strangers here, and belong to heaven; they are born from above, heaven is their native country, and the nature which they received by this heavenly birth, is aheavenly nature, they receive an anointing from above; that principle of true religion which is in them, is a communication of the religion of heaven; their grace is the dawn of glory; and God fits them for that world by conforming them to it.” -Jonathan Edwards A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  20. 20. Evidence from the Parable of the Sower• The core types of unbelief include those who are: • Unresponsive • Superficial • Worldly• Only one soil produced a crop; a true evidence of saving faith• “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:2)
  21. 21. “They often hear these things [the truth of the gospel] and yet remain as they were before, with no sensible alternation in them, either in heart or practice, because they are not affected with what they hear;and ever will be so till they are affected. I am bold to assert, that there never was any considerable change wrought in the mind orconversation of any person, by anything of a religious nature, that ever he read, heard or saw, that had not his affections moved.” -Jonathan Edwards A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  22. 22. A Comparison of the FindingsPassage Evidences of salvation CommentarySermon on the Mount (start) • Poor in spirit Exact opposite is • Hunger for righteousness seen in those who • Sad over sin are lost. • Persecuted by the worldSermon on the Mount (end) • Fruit of the person Good and bad trees • Hear & practice Christ’s words bear their own fruitTen Virgins • Holy Spirit given Externally they all • Lights shine in the world looked the sameThe Sower • Hears & understands No other ‘ground’ • Produces crop of differing sizes brought forth a crop. ¾ of the seed diedWheat and Tares • Different from the very beginning Cannot judge • Takes time to see difference instantly the state of a person
  23. 23. “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. . . . but whoever keeps His word, in him the love ofGod has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” (1 John 2:3, 5–6)“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.” (1 John 3:14) “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deedand truth. We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him ” (1 John 3:18–19)
  24. 24. Subtle Marks of False Believers• Seeks feelings, blessings, experiences, etc. More interested in the by-products of faith than the faith• More committed to denomination than the Church and the Word of God. Describes themselves by their denomination• Overindulgent in the name of grace. Lack of penitence and a true, contrite heart• Says “I believe in God”, but nothing follows in their lives
  25. 25. “False affections, if they are equally strong, are much more forward to declare themselves, than true: because it is thenature of false religion, to affect show and observation; as it was with the Pharisees.” -Jonathan Edwards A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  26. 26. Overt Marks of False or Unbelievers• No sensitivity to sin• No real desire to ready, study, or learn about God’s Word• Does not grasp the truths of the Bible if they read it• Desires the “food” of the world, whether it’s the world’s music, entertainment, lifestyle, or comedy• Sides with the world on ethical issues that conflict with Scripture (e.g. homosexuality)• No or little meaningful prayer life• No desire to witness to others about God
  27. 27. What Causes False Assurance?1. Signed a card, walked the aisle, got baptized2. Failure to self-examine their life where sin is concerned3. Fixation on works4. Comparison game with others
  28. 28. What if I’mdoubting my salvation?
  29. 29. A Quick 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?
  30. 30. “The devil does not assault the hope of the hypocrite, as he does the hope of a true saint.” -Jonathan Edwards A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  31. 31. “It is not God’s design that men should obtain assurance in any other way, than by mortifying corruption, and increasing in grace, and obtaining the lively exercises of it. And although self-examination be aduty of great use and importance, and by no means to be neglected; yet it is not the principal means, by which the saints do get satisfaction of their good estate. Assurance is not to be obtained so much by self- examination, as by action.” -Jonathan Edwards A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  32. 32. Being Sure About Salvation