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5 Ways to Know if You’re Really a Christian

July 21, 2010

Owen Strachan, Instructor of Christian Theology at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, identifies the five marks of true conversion per Jonathan Edwards.

1. You Love Jesus. “When the Spirit moves in a person’s heart and awakens them to faith and repentance, their view of Jesus changes. The nominal believer respects Jesus, but does not reverence or exalt him. The true Christian takes delight in Jesus, a delight that is often palpable and contagious.

2. You Hate Sin. “Where before one had spotted weaknesses and flaws, but always had excuses at the ready to cover up those personal blemishes, now the Spirit shows the sinner just how degraded and evil he is.”

3. You Love God’s Word. “The third sign of a ‘true work’ is a love for the Bible. Edwards tied this love for Scripture not to simple literary appreciation for its contents, but to a Spirit-given hunger and thirst for the Word of God.”

4. You Love Truth. “The third sign of a ‘true work’ is a love for the Bible. Edwards tied this love for Scripture not to simple literary appreciation for its contents, but to a Spirit-given hunger and thirst for the Word of God.”

5. You Love Believers. “Many people who profess Christ lose their footing on this final point. They may well appreciate fellow church members and contribute in some way to their well-being, but they have not been filled by the Lord with a holy love for fellow Christians, and thus they do not serve them.”

– To read this entire excellent article, go here.

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