Is your faith in Christ real? Examine yourself with these 2 Lists

In light of the fact that we’re covering James 2:14-26 at CrossView Church tomorrow, I wanted to post these lists for our members and friends.

The two lists that distinguishes saving faith from dead/damning faith [1]

  • Stuff that neither prove nor disprove the authenticity of one’s faith
    • Visible morality- Matt. 19:16-21; 23:27
    • Intellectual knowledge- Rom. 1:21; 2:17ff.
    • Religious involvement- Matt. 25:1-10
    • Active ministry- Matt. 7:21-24
    • Conviction of sin- Acts 24:25
    • Assurance- Matt. 23
    • Time of decision- Luke 8:13-14
  • Stuff that is proof of authentic faith.
    • Love for God- Ps. 42:1ff; 73:25; Luke 10:27
    • Repentance from sin- Rom.7:14ff; 1 Jn. 1:8-10
    • Genuine humility- Matt. 5:1-12; Jam. 4:6, 9ff.
    • Devotion to God’s glory- Jer. 9:23-24; 1 Cor. 10:31
    • Continual prayer- Eph. 6:18ff.; Phil. 4:6ff.
    • Selfless love- 1 Jn. 2:9ff, 3:14; 4:7ff.
    • Separation from the world- James 4:4ff, 1 Jn. 2:15-17, 5:5
    • Spiritual growth- John 15:1-6; Eph. 4:12-16
    • Obedient living- Matt. 7:21; John 15:14ff. 1 Jn. 2:3-5

If list 1 is true and list 2 is false, there is cause to question the validity of one’s profession of faith.  Yet if list 2 is true, then the top list will be also.

[1] Taken from John MacArthur, The MacArthur Study Bible, (Nashville: Word Publishing, 1997), p. 2191.


About pjtibayan

P. J. loves Jesus Christ and lives to share life and share Jesus together with Bethany Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County. P. J. has been pastoring since 2002 and earned a doctorate in biblical theology from Southern Seminary (D.Min.). He blogs regularly at
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