Thursday, May 31, 2007

Gospel Defined #1

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Scriptural Command #7

Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37, 38

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Scriptural Command #6

“Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Friday, May 25, 2007

Scriptural Command #5

“I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:17, 18

This is the great commission given by the Lord Jesus to Saul of Tarsus making him an apostle, a “sent one”, the instant Saul became a believer. The one to whom all authority in Heaven and Earth has been given, is giving instructions on evangelism to one of the greatest followers. Let’s look at these instructions.

1) Open their eyes
2) Turn them from darkness to light
3) Turn them from the power of Satan to God

Two things are the result of step three.

1) So that they may receive forgiveness of sins
2) And a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

When the Gospel is Ineffective

Here is a quotation from The Soul Winner’s Secret by Colonel S.L. Beenglee of the Salvation Army 1918.

“That a man by personal magnetism, grace of manners, power or persuasiveness of speech, and a certain skill in playing upon the emotions and self-interest of the people, create an excitement that fairly simulates a revival; and yet have divided heart, I admit; but that he can bring men to a thorough repentance and renunciation of sin, a hearty embrace of the cross, an affectionate surrender to Jesus as a personal savior and Master who requires deep humility and meekness and tender love as the marks of His disciples is hard to be proved.”

Perhaps it is because we have trained eloquent evangelists that we have so many people apparently responding to the gospel who are not converted. The evangelists are trained but not Holy Spirit filled and the converts are not born again of the Holy Spirit. Even accepting that some of these people have passed from death into life through these glib evangelists with truncated presentations of the gospel, it is not a high percentage. I suspect we do not have a greater percentage of real Christians from orthodox catechisms (Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopalian) classes or in Baptist Sunday Schools.

No, I do not have statistical facts to back up the above statements. But, I have talked with many “born again believers” who do not have the fruit of the Spirit. I am unwilling to admit that Jesus does such a poor job of saving people.

In some cases I have came to the conclusion that they have not believed the gospel because:

1. They were never near anyone who knew God.
2. They did not hear it because it was not preached at all.
3. They heard it preached but not in the power of the Holy Spirit.
4. It was preached by someone who did not love them.
5. It was preached by someone who did not believe the Gospel himself.
6. It was preached part way—leaving out one or more pieces of the Gospel.

- Sin
- Judgment
- Deity of Jesus
- The Cross
- The Resurrection
- Belief and Repentance

In each of the above sentences I use the word “Preach” because that is what the Bible uses. It also uses the word “declare” and “proclaim.” It does not use the word “share.” We use the word “share” because it sounds more “loving” and less “preachy.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Scriptural Command #4

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38

This is a set of orders to the Apostles to ensure more harvesters. If it is still true that the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few then this prayer is still necessary.

If it is still true, it is saying that there are more non-Christians ready to become Christians than there are Christians who are ready to help them believe and repent.

To be more blunt, there are more people who want into the Kingdom than there are Christians who want them in.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Scriptural Command #3

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Here we have Jesus’ clear operational order:

1) The Disciples to be His witnesses
2) Beginning in Jerusalem
3) Via contiguous countries
4) To the ends of the earth
5) With power from the Holy Spirit

Monday, May 21, 2007

Scriptural Command #2

He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:46-49

Who: Christ

His doing: Suffer and rise from the dead

Disciples: Preach

What Authority: In His Name

What: Repentance and forgiveness of sins

To: All nations

Starting: In Jerusalem

How: Power from on High

Friday, May 18, 2007

Scriptural Command - #1

“Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Satan's Lies, 10 -14

10. Nobody’s perfect or I am only human: These are two expressions that say sin is inevitable. They are simply excuses.

11. I’m going to do it again so why confess: If I say, “Lord, just forgive me for everything,” I will not be forgiven if I don’t have any intention of quitting it. There are some people who quit confessing because they don’t intend to quit sinning. “I will do it again, so why confess?” In other words, there is no renouncing. There is no intention to quit. “Of course I’m going to do it again.” But if you renounce it, it is amazing how things disappear out of your life.

12. I’m too proud to make restitution: “The LORD said to Moses: "If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the LORD by deceiving his neighbor about something entrusted to him or left in his care or stolen, or if he cheats him, or if he finds lost property and lies about it, or if he swears falsely, or if he commits any such sin that people may do- when he thus sins and becomes guilty, he must return what he has stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to him, or the lost property he found, or whatever it was he swore falsely about. He must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day he presents his guilt offering. And as a penalty he must bring to the priest, that is, to the LORD, his guilt offering, a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value. In this way the priest will make atonement for him before the LORD, and he will be forgiven for any of these things he did that made him guilty." (Leviticus 6:1-7) This quotation from the Old Testament simply says that there are two conditions for forgiveness.

1. Sacrifice for sins
2. Take the money back plus 20%

Jesus is the one sacrifice for sins forever. That is God’s part. What is our part? Restitution! If we have stolen it, it is not our money. We take it back. See Zacheous in Luke 19. Restitution is not works. It is an essential part of repentance.

“If a man steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it, he must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.” (Exodus 22:1) Notice that the restitution is not 20%; it is an additional 400% for the ox and 300% for a sheep.

“The LORD said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites: 'When a man or woman wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the LORD, that person is guilty and must confess the sin he has committed. He must make full restitution for his wrong, add one fifth to it and give it all to the person he has wronged. But if that person has no close relative to whom restitution can be made for the wrong, the restitution belongs to the LORD and must be given to the priest, along with the ram with which atonement is made for him.” (Numbers 5:5-8) If the person or relative cannot be found, restitution goes to the Lord.

13. Bitterness, (Eph. 4:31, 32; Heb. 12:15; James 3:14-16) “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32) “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:15) “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (James 3:14-16).

Bitterness is simply prolonged resentment. It is difficult to repent of because we are focused on the other person’s sin. Bitterness is our own sin regardless how wrong the other person is. It makes no sense to stay miserable because someone else is in sin. See the booklet How To Be Free From Bitterness. (It can be obtained from Community Christian Ministries without charge.)

14. Introspection: an article on Introspection is in the booklet How to be Free from Bitterness.

But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joys will overtake them and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 35:10 (NW)

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. I Peter 1:8 (MV)

Introspection is not the same as God’s inspection. It has two characteristics. It is accusatory and it is a downer. It does not aid in confession. It is a hindrance to it. Introspection needs to be confessed as sin in itself.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Satan's Lies, Cont.

5. Put it off: The next thing is to procrastinate, or put it off. We mentioned this already. Let us suppose my joy level is high, but then I have a collision with my wife at 8 o’clock in the morning. As soon as it is over I know that I was in the wrong. I know it, but I think, “This is not the right time to admit it, so I will confess it tonight when I go to bed.” No sense letting her know I was wrong now. If I confess it to God now, I will probably have to confess it to her now, so I will just wait and confess it tonight when I go to bed.” So what happens to my day? It is an awful day! Not only do I stay under discipline of the Lord for that sin, I collect up a few more sins during the day because I am in no condition to withstand any temptation that comes my way. Nobody else at work can do anything right because I am not walking in the light.

I promised the Lord in the morning that when I confessed my sin that night, I would not justify myself, I would not say I was right, I would not excuse myself, I would not hide it, I would not blame my wife. I would confess it openly and honestly later.

So I am going to keep my word. At 11 o’clock at night I confess all dozen sins. I am back in the joy of the Lord for 8 hours while I am sleeping. I have perfect fellowship with God. I do the same thing again tomorrow; I put it off till bedtime, confess all of my sins and have 8 more hours of peace with God and the joy in the Lord.

It is funny isn’t it! I have had lots of people say to me, “Jim I confess my sins every night before I go to bed,” and they do not laugh when they say that because they thought for some reason that was the right thing to do. Yes, it is better than not confessing, but if they had confessed it when it occurred, most of the others would not have happened, and they would have gone through the day in joy. Most people don’t even confess at night.

6. Vague terms: They will accumulate sins all day, and then they will get in bed and will say, “Lord, please forgive me for anything I might have done today,” and roll over and go to sleep. That is called “vague terms” or the general confession. The result is, you have 8 hours of no joy, instead of 8 hours of perfect joy.

A woman came up to me one time at an Air Force base quite a few years ago, and said, “I want to tell you that my husband has been quoting you from 10 years ago when you were in Monterey.” I was afraid to hear what I supposedly had said in Monterey. I don’t recall saying it; I just recall her telling me. But it was this: “You cannot go to bed dirty and expect to wake up clean.” That is very true.

If you have a physically dirty, cruddy job all day, you do not say, “Boy, I can hardly wait to get in between the clean sheets so I can wake up clean tomorrow morning. A lot of people think, “Well, tomorrow’s another day. All of this is history. All this is water over the dam or under the bridge; I’ll start clean tomorrow.” No way will you start clean tomorrow! You will start with what you accumulated yesterday. So if you want to wake up clean, you go to bed clean. That is very true.

There is a case where general confession is true and right, only after the specific sins have been taken care of. General confession will probably cover things that you did not do that you should have done. Psalm 19:12 says, “Cleanse me from secret faults,” (NKJV). There is such a thing as a secret fault. But don’t call them secret if they are not secret. You do not make them secret; You do not hide them.

There may be things that you do not know that God knows. I think I John 1:9 also covers that when it says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins...” Which sins? The ones we have confessed, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. After the confession of the sins, there is a cleansing of all other unrighteousness. This is not a repetition. This is the faithfulness of God continuing the work of cleaning.

7. Mistakes – errors in judgment: In the last several years we have heard of some
situations on television of politicians and television evangelists who have gotten into moral trouble. In several cases they have not said it was moral trouble. Do not use a euphemism for sin. It will not get forgiven. They said, “I made a mistake.” A mistake is 2+2=5. That is not a sin. That just says you are incompetent, not immoral. Those people would rather be incompetent than immoral. God does not forgive incompetence. He forgives immorality. If we call immorality, immorality, it gets forgiven. But if we call it something else, it does not get forgiven. People call it something else. It is just another form of justification, just another way to say, “I wasn’t really at fault.”

8. Too many: Over 40 years ago I was talking with a young woman who said, “If I had to confess all of my sins specifically, it would take me 10 years.” I assured her it would not if she would start confessing. People who say there are too many just do not want to start. She was right with the Lord before the weekend was over.

When my youngest son was 15, I was getting ready to make one of my trips to the East Coast when I realized I had to have a visit with him before I left because things weren’t going too well. So he came into my little study and we sat down. He took the floor. He had seen me give this talk privately and publicly several times, so he knew it. He started right in and said, “Dad, if I started confessing my sins right now, and continued for the next 10 years, it would only bring me up to mediocre.”

I said, “If I were you, I would get started.” When I called home from my trip, he answered the phone. I wanted to talk with his mother, but he wanted to talk with me. I couldn’t get him off the phone. He said, “Dad, I want you to know that my room is spotless.” I said, “Would you please give me an explanation for that?” He said, “Well, when you are clean on the inside, it is easy to be clean on the outside.” It did not take him 10 years. He got cleaned up on the inside then wanted to be clean on the outside.

There are never too many sins to confess. The Scripture says, But where sin abounded grace abounded much more. (Romans 5:20 NKJV). You cannot out-sin the Grace of God. Why am I saying to be specific on these sins? Because one of the reasons is that confession is made of three things:

1) knowledge of what you have done,
2) admission of what you have done and
3) the intention to forsake what you have done.


When you confess, you know what you have done, you admit what you have done, and you have every intention of renouncing what you’ve done. That is why it has to be specific.

9. I cannot remember all of my sins: That is probably true, but the ones you cannot
remember are not the ones that are bothering you anyhow, so start naming the ones you do remember. As you name those, your joy will come back up, and very likely your memory will get better as you get closer to God.

(An excerpt from How to Maintain Joy in Your Life by Jim Wilson)

Lies, 10-14, will be posted tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Satan's Lies

Here are 14 ways to stay miserable. They are biblical only in a negative sense. You can find occurrences of these in the Scripture:

SATAN’S LIES


1. Justify—really right
2. Excuse—really wrong, but
3. Hide—cover up
4. Pass the buck
5. Put it off
6. Vague terms
7. Mistakes—errors in judgment
8. Too many to confess
9. I can’t remember them all.
10. Nobody’s perfect.
11. I’m going to do it again, so why confess?
12. I’m too proud to make restitution (Leviticus 6: 1-7).
13. Bitterness (Eph. 4:31-32; Heb. 12:15; James 3:14-16).
14. Introspection

1. Justify – really right: I am not forgiven, I have no joy, the hand of the Lord stays heavy upon me and my moisture is turned into drought of summer, all because I am saying that what I have done is right.

2. Excuse – really wrong, but… This second thing I do is I excuse it. An excuse is opposite of justifying. Justifying says it was right; an excuse says it was really wrong, but If I confessed that which I had done was really wrong, period, I would be forgiven. But if I say, “It is really wrong, but,” and tell God all kinds of reasons why I did it, I do not get forgiven. He does not want the song and dance. He does not want the explanation. When I confess, I’m forgiven. When I confess and then say “but…” there is no forgiveness.

3. Hide: The third thing I do is hide. I cover up. Did Adam and Eve hide? As long as they were hiding, were they forgiven? NO! People still hide. In fact, “cover-up” is a modern day word. People are in cover-ups. When they cover up, they are hiding.

4. Pass the buck: The next thing I do is pass the buck. Did Eve pass the buck? Did Adam pass the buck? We have been doing this for a long time. It doesn’t work. Eve said, “The serpent deceived me.” That was a true statement, but she was still blaming the serpent. Adam said, “The woman YOU gave me, God, she gave it to me.” Whose fault was it really? People blame God, and then wonder why they are not forgiven.

As long as I am confessing my wife’s sin, my joy does not come back. Even if she is not in sin, I say, “She is the reason I am in sin.” My joy still does not come back, because she is not the reason I am in sin. You wonder, “Well, did she help you along?” Whatever the case, she is not the reason. I am in sin because I chose to sin.

(An excerpt from How to Maintain Joy in Your Life by Jim Wilson)

Defining the next ten lies will continue in tomorrow's post.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Pray for Workers

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:36-38 NIV)

A few words stand out to me:

· crowds
· compassion
· harassed and helpless
· harvest--plentiful
· workers--few
· therefore ask the Lord

There are others of us who have seen the crowds, but not with compassion, with anger. Some of us have seen the crowds with compassion, but we haven’t seen the harvest. We have seen the few workers and therefore despair.

crowds
anger

or

crowds
compassion

or

crowds
no emotion
harassed helpless
workers few
therefore despair

Let us ask the Lord for the workers. He will send them.

(An excerpt from On Being a Christian by Jim Wilson)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Mind of Christ

We know more about the thoughts of God than we do about the thoughts of man. How can that be? There are at least two ways:
1. He has revealed his thoughts to us in the Scriptures.
2. He has given us His Spirit to understand the spiritual words.

None of the rulers of this world understood God’s wisdom. If they had, they would not have nailed the Lord of glory to the cross. It is written, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has known what God has prepared for those who love him.” But God has shown it to us through his Spirit. The Spirit understands all things. He understands even the deep things of God. Who can know the thoughts of another person? Only a person’s own spirit can know them. In the same way, only the Spirit of God knows God’s thoughts. We have not received the spirit of the world. We have received the Spirit who is from God. The Spirit helps us understand what God has freely given us. That is what we speak about. We don’t use words taught to us by people. We use words taught to us by the Holy Spirit. We use the words of the Spirit to teach the truths of the Spirit. Some people don’t have the Holy Spirit. They don’t accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. Things like that are foolish to them. They can’t understand them. In fact, such things can’t be understood without the Spirit’s help. Everyone who has the Spirit can judge all things. But no one can judge those who have the Spirit. It is written, “Who can ever know what is in the Lord’s mind? Can anyone ever teach him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:8-16 NIV)

This is one of those True or False paragraphs. It is so wonderful, we hesitate to say “True.” We dare not say “False.” Meditate on this truth.

(An excerpt from On Being a Christian by Jim Wilson)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Assurance of Salvation #9: Jesus Said So

“I tell you the truth; whoever hears my word and believe him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24

Notice the present tense:

Hears my word

Believes in Him who sent me

Has eternal life

Notice the future tense:

Will not be condemned

Notice the past tense:

He has crossed over from death to life.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Assurance of Salvation #8: Loving Christians

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” 1 John 3:14

Christians love Non-Christians.

Non-Christians love non-Christians.

It takes a Christian to love a Christian.

Do you love Christians?

It is a means of knowing that you have passed from death to life.

Not only you do know that you are saved, everyone else also knows that you are saved.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34, 35

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Assurance of Salvation #7: Discipline

“And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:5-11

Notice that God does not discipline those who are not His children. If you are getting away with disobedience you are not a child of God.

If you are being disciplined, pay attention and repent. It is evidence that you are saved.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Assurance of Salvation: Obedience

“No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.” 1 John 3:6

“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.” 1 John 3:9, 10

“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.” 1 John 5:18

We know we are saved because we are no longer living in sin. If it looks like we are living in sin then there is no reason for others to know that we are Christians and we should come to the same conclusion.

“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.” 1 John 2:3

Obedience is not the means of salvation; it is an evidence of our salvation.

Are you obedient?

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Assurance of Salvation: Confessing Jesus is Lord

“Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:3

This confession is not a matter of the mouth only. People say it in liturgies all of the time who do not have the other evidence of the Holy Spirit.

“That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9, 10

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Ignoring the Great Commission

“We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.” –Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

“Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:9, 10

The lostness of the lost! Unlike the soldier quoted above one of the major characteristics of the lost is they do not know they are lost. One of the major characteristics of the saved is they do not know the lost are lost. If they do know the lost are lost they do not care. If they do care, they do not know how to help them. If they do know, they are afraid to help them.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38

More lost people want to be found than there are Christians who want them found.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Assurance of Salvation: Change of Character

“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

If you are in this list as your normal state “you will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-25

If this describes you, you are saved. Jesus saves out of the first list into the second list.

If you find yourself in both lists it’s for one of the following reasons.

1. You think natural personality traits are the fruit of the Spirit. They are not. The fruit
of the Spirit are the characteristics of God given to a person when he is saved.

2. You are saved but are deliberately choosing to go back into the first list. Confess and
forsake them right now.

3. You are naturally in the first list but faking the second list. That is you are a hypocrite. You
are not saved.

Jesus Christ saves us out of the first list into the second list.