A Biblical Test of Salvation
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you - unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5
In the Bible, an author named James described a certain type of faith as being a "dead faith". This is simply a profession of faith that lacks a true possession of faith. This would be a faith that does not save. The scriptures tell us that we should examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith. So how do we do that? What are the earmarks of genuine saving faith?
We are saved by grace through faith, not of works, but we can judge ourselves by our fruit (the things that we say and do). Just like an apple tree produces apples, the Christian life will begin to show itself in our lives in certain ways. These are general patterns of attitude and behavior that are exhibited in the Christian's life. A true Christian will not necessarily possess each of these in enormous abundance, but this can be a guide used to determine whether or not we are in the faith. Give yourself a spiritual check-up and take a look into your own heart for an honest assessment.
It's important to note that our answers need not be in 100% alignment with what Scripture says our answers should be. Sanctification is a process. These are simply some questions that we can ask ourselves for a spiritual examination. The only point that I would like to make is that if you find yourself consistently answering "No" to many of these questions, I would be concerned. You may be holding onto a "dead faith" that will not save you on judgment day. Jesus said that there will be many on that day who will say "Lord, Lord", and to which Jesus will respond, "Depart from Me, I never knew you." Don't be one of those people. Examine yourself, and if you fail the test, repent and believe.
Do you desire God?
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. Psalm 73:25
Are you sensitive to sin in your life?
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8
Do you repent from sin, because you have offended God?
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Cor 7:10
Are you concerned with God's glory?
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Do you enjoy fellowship with the Holy Spirit in your daily life?
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 1 John 1:6
Do you obey God's word?
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 1 John 2:3
Are you doing God's will?
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Matthew 7:21
Do you see a decreasing pattern of sin in your life?
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
Do you love this world and the things in this world?
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15
Do you love other 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
Can you discern between spiritual truth and error?
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. 1 John 4:1-3
Do you eagerly await Jesus' return?
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
Do you have genuine humility?
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6
Have you suffered rejection because of your faith?
Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 1 John 3:13
Are you reading your Bible?
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:1-3
Do you pray?
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18
Has your life been transformed?
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17