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Are you Sure you are a Christian?
 

Are you Sure you are saved?  

The Bible says in:

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.

Matthew 7:20

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 7:21

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 7:22

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Matthew 7:23

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

These are fruits of the Spirit, which should be evidence of a new creature in Christ.

Are these fruits manifested in your life?

Check yourself out to see whether ye be in the faith!

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is

love, (do you love your spouse, family, friends, God? )

joy, (do you have joy in your relationships?)

peace, (do you have the peace that passes understanding in 

 your life?)

longsuffering, (can you still love your spouse, etc., when they do you wrong?)

gentleness, (are you gentle or mean, revengeful or forgiving?

goodness, (do your actions show good works, or evil works?)

faith, (what is your faith in? your own decisions, or in God’s commandments?)

Galatians 5:23

Meekness, (do you show meekness in your response to those who hurt you?)

temperance. (do you indulge in drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, pornography, temper, deceitfulness of riches, lusts, evil thoughts, etc., or do you have temperance to avoid these things?)

Ephesians 5:9

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Galatians 5:24

And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Galatians 6:7

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:8

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 7:1

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Ephesians 5:3

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

1 Corinthians 13:2

…and have not charity, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:4

Charity suffereth long, (do you?)

and is kind; (are you?)

charity envieth not; (do you?)

charity vaunteth not itself, (do you?)

is not puffed up, (are you?)

1 Corinthians 13:5

Doth not behave itself unseemly, (do you?)

seeketh not her own, (do you?)

is not easily provoked, (are you?)

thinketh no evil; (do you?)

1 Corinthians 13:6

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, (do you?)

but rejoiceth in the truth; (do you?)

1 Corinthians 13:7

…endureth all things. (do you?)

1 Corinthians 13:8

Charity never faileth: (do you?)

Philippians 2:5-8

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, …

… he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

The human mind is subject to deception.

Wrong can seem right. The difference is important.

By studying the parable of the sower, one can learn why so few people actually know the difference between truth and error. This parable is taught by Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Matthew 13:3-23 

Mark 4:3-20

Luke 8:5-15:

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Jesus explained the parable of the sower: he identified the seed as the word of God (8:11). When the seed is sown, or the word is preached, the seed falls on four types of soil, or various conditions of the heart in the sinner:

the way side

the rocky or stony ground

among thorns

on good ground.

Only one of these four soils bears fruit. This explains why we see so little results from the teaching and preaching of the word of God today.

The seed, or word of God, (1) falls by the way side, or as in the careless or indifferent mind, is snatched away.

Matthew 13:19

When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

Mark 4:14-15

The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Luke 8:12

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

When we examine these three verses, we can understand what happens to the word of God that is preached in most churches today. Though the word of God is given out, it is not understood, and is immediately snatched away by the devil. Many people make professions and go along with religious teachings that have no real meaning to them. They have never understood the real meaning of being born again.

Other seed falls on the (2) rocky or stony ground. As the word of God is sown or preached, it is received with joy and gladness.

Matthew 13:20

But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and…with joy receiveth it;

Mark 4:16

And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

Luke 8:13

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

But, because of the lack of interest, preparation, study, and understanding, the seed does not take root.

These have no root.

Jesus is the root!

Revelation 22:16

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

The word outwardly affects the hearer. At a glance, it even seems to produce a believer. He dureth (or endures) for awhile. But, the word has no root (the sinner does not have Jesus), and bears no fruit.

The seed withers away.

Other seed falls among the (3) thorns and, though it springs up, it is choked by the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, the lust of other things, and the pleasures of this life. The word of God is preached, but is choked out by these thorns.

Matthew 13:22

He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the

care of this world, and the

deceitfulness of riches, 

choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Mark 4:18-19

And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the

lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and

pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Every time the word is taught or preached, these four thorns compete for the mind. Very little truth gets through to the understanding of the listener.

Take a careful look at what Jesus is teaching:

The thorns are the cares of the world.

The deceitfulness of riches could involve one's intentions to serve the Lord after certain financial responsibilities or accomplishments are met.

The lust of other things could be a desire for any thing other than the will of God.

The pleasures of life: people take a greater interest in entertainment than the study of God's word.

Many times people receive the word of God with joy and anticipate great things, but suddenly they are offended by the word, and the responsibilities of Christian living, and turn away. The careless seeker will never understand the truth. We need to be careful in our teaching and preaching, and earnest in our praying that the word might be more fruitful. Too much of the time, I am afraid, we try to convince ourselves that people are sincere and honest. We refuse to admit to ourselves that they are empty, even though the Spirit is faithful to impress upon us the truth.

Jesus told the woman at the well that she would want what he had 

if she understood Who He was and the gift of God.

John 4:10

…If thou knewest the gift of God, 

and who it is that saith to thee, 

Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him,

and he would have given thee living water.

In talking to the scribes and Pharisees, He said to them,

John 8:32

… ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The Scriptures teach that one finds the Lord when he seeks for Him with the whole heart. No one accidentally gets saved, or serves the Lord. It is always on purpose. It is by faith, 

and faith comes by the word of God.

Let us now consider the fourth soil. 

Some of the seed falls on (4) good ground, and brings forth fruit. This good ground is described in:

Luke 8:15

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, 

keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Mark 4:20

And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, 

and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Matthew 13:23

But he that received seed into the good ground is he that 

heareth the word, and 

understandeth it; 

which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

It is his desire to hear and to know the word of God. When we carefully consider this verse, we realize that so few people are really honest in the desire to know and do the will of God.

Jesus makes it clear that the truth of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God are not understood by careless or rebellious individuals;

 that truth is spiritually discerned and cannot be understood by the natural man.

I Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: 

for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, 

because they are spiritually discerned.

God promises us in:

Proverbs 1:23

… I will make known my words unto you.

It is God Who makes His words known. 

Unless the mind is divinely enlightened, one will never understand the truth. 

As Jesus talked to his disciples after the resurrection, their eyes were opened and they knew Him.

Luke 24:31

And their eyes were opened, and they knew him

It is the Holy Ghost that teaches us all things:

John 14:26

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, 

he shall teach you all things…

But, it is the work of the Devil, or the god of this world, to hide the truth from an individual. 

He has been empowered with the ability to blind an unbeliever’s mind:

II Corinthians 4:4

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…

For one to know the truth, he must have an honest desire to know, and must give careful, serious attention to God's word. 

The Lord is ready, willing, and able to unlock the mind, or to lift the veil.

The Bible clearly teaches us that many preachers and religious workers are going to hell.

Matthew 7:22

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

He will say unto them that He never knew them. 

They were unsaved, even though they had been involved in hearing and even preaching the word of God.

Matthew 23:13-15

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men:

for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

These religious, but unsaved people, make long prayers. 

Many are zealous in winning others to their way. 

The people that they win are said to be two-fold more a child of hell than they themselves. 

What an awful indictment against people who are involved in religious work!

These people are blinded and deceived. 

They probably have made a false profession and are giving false hope to others concerning their eternal destiny. 

They are the children of the Devil. They are hypocrites. Jesus said in

John 7:17

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine,

The saved sinner has not only an interest in hearing the word, but keeping it. 

The word brings forth fruit, with patience. 

Patience involves a willingness to suffer without complaining.

There is conflict in individuals as they hear, meditate upon, and digest the word of God. 

In Mark, we are challenged to take heed what we hear, 

and are promised that unto one who hears, more shall be given.

Mark 4:24

And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: 

and unto you that hear shall more be given.

It is important to be serious and concerned about truth. The word of God is true.

Though man is a sinner, God has reconciled man to Himself by Jesus Christ at Calvary. 

The Lord laid on Christ the iniquity of us all.

He was smitten of God and afflicted.

He was wounded for our transgressions.

He was bruised for our iniquities.

The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with

His stripes we are healed.

The Just suffered for the unjust

That He might bring us to God.

The substitutionary work of Christ is clear and simple.

2 Corinthians 5:21

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; 

that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The Rich became poor - that we who are poor might be made rich through His poverty. 

God judged Christ for our sin and extends to us forgiveness. 

Though we are guilty, yet we are forgiven. It is all because of Christ.

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

When we understand that though we are guilty, yet He bore our judgment, then we can understand why He forgives. It is not because of a prayer, a commitment, or a determination, but because of Christ that God extends to sinful man a pardon and forgiveness. We accept it or receive it by faith.

The just shall live by faith.

Romans 3:25

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, 

to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past...

It is our responsibility as Christians to learn about the message of Christ, and share it with others. As we preach the Gospel, we will face conflict, rejection, and difficulty. We must not grow weary in well doing, knowing that in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. The Lord desires someone to come before Him on behalf of a lost and dying world. We need to understand: where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. God is looking for someone to go to others with the message of redemption and forgiveness. It is a simple, but positive, message. The door of Heaven is open. God beckons sinners to come.

It is all because of Christ.

Acts 13:38

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

Acts 13:39

And by him all that believe are justified from all things, 

from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Those who

are born into God's family and have the assurance that Heaven is their home.

 

They should then preach this message to others.

 

hear,

understand, and

believe