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The primary signs that occur to me: -- Imitating Christ (Ephesians 5:1) -- Living to serve Christ (Galatians 2:20) -- Obeying Christ (John 14:15) -- Not conforming to the world (Romans 12:2) -- Loving and forgiving others as God has loved and forgiven him/her for Christ's sake (John 13:35; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; Colossians 3:13) -- Bearing good fruit (Matthew 7:18-20; Galatians 5:22-23)
I believe the signs of a true believer will be evident to the people in their lives. Change of Direction When a person puts their faith in Jesus as a true believer, they have confessed their sin and decided in their mind to forsake their old way of life in the world and to follow Jesus into a brand new life. Change of Focus A true believer's life is no longer focused on pleasing or indulging themselves, but in pleasing God and obeying what Jesus says to do by His Spirit. Their relationship with God becomes the most important thing in their life. Change of Purpose A true believer wants to share their new found faith, to proclaim the gospel and share their personal testimony. A true believer wants to grow up in their faith from a spiritual infant to a mature and complete leader in the kingdom of God. Change of Discipline A true believer will study the bible to get to know God (his nature and character) and to understand God's plan and purpose for their life. A true believer will spend time in prayer every day to lift up the needs of others who are important to them. Change of Family A true believer will want to participate in the local church, for worship, fellowship, service, spiritual growth and to evangelise other people. A true believer will use their spiritual gifts to serve and care for others in the body of Christ as their spiritual family. Of course, all of these changes don't happen at once, but over time, these transformations will be apparent to everyone who knows them well.
We must live holy lives for God (1 John 2:28-29) The true believer has a new purpose. 1 John 2:28 – "Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming." Our new purpose is living holy lives, trying to win "the unjust" to Christ, being used up, worn out, and spent for the gospel and the glory of God in the process. Next, a true believer has a new desire. John writes about surety (1 John 2:3-14, 28-29): How can we be sure that Jesus is indeed our Savior? One guideline for this is those true believers know that we must obey God. (1 John 2:3-6) 1 John 2:3-4 – By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 3:3,9 – And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. … No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because is born of God. Unbelievers, like I was, didn't care that much about obeying God, yeah, maybe in the big things, but not in the small stuff. Third, a true believer has a new love. 1 John 2:9-10 – The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 1 John 3:14 – We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. John writes about surety again (1 John 2:3-14, 28-29): How can we be sure that Jesus is indeed our Savior? A guideline for this is that we must love God and God's people (1 John 2:7-11--. See John's exhortation to love (1 John 3:11-15): Unlike Cain, who killed his brother, we are to love our spiritual brothers and sisters.). Fourth, a true believer has a new Master. 1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. The saved person does not live in continuous sin (1 John 5:18-21). 18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. Another translation, the Darby Translation, has "We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the wicked one." Before I was saved, as a non-Christian, my master was the devil. Now, as a Christian my new Master Planner, Jesus! Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/1-John/5/19 says "the whole world lieth in the Wicked One." HW & see Sheila Alewine's 7 "clear indications of true salvation that should be evident in the life of a believer" online.
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