“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual
immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy,
fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, 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 this list describes 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 is for
one of the following reasons:
1) You are mistaking natural personality traits for part of
the fruit of the Spirit. It is not. The fruit of the Spirit is 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 it 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
To be continued on Friday.
Excerpted from Assurances of
Salvation, available at ccmbooks.org and Amazon.com.