Christians are called to examine themselves to see if they are indeed actually born-again Christians – genuine Christians – and not pseudo-Christians or pretenders who think they are Christians when in fact they are not at all! Many times people think that they know the Lord just because they confess His Name but yet their hearts are far from Him (Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:8-9, Mark 7:6-7). They do not actually know the Lord Jesus personally and do not really have an intimate relationship with Him at all even though they think that their shallow relationship with God is actually a great relationship!
2 Corinthians 13:5 (ESV)
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realise this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
I have included an outline of the above sermon-video below.
POINT 1: THE RIGHTEOUS WILL LIVE BY FAITH!
(Romans 1:17, cf. Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38, Habakkuk 2:4)
I want to draw our attention first of all to verse 17 where it says, “… For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: the righteous will live by faith…”
This quotation which was given by Paul comes out of the book of Habakkuk chapter 2:4 and so I want to give you an idea of what it means when the Bible says, “The righteous will live by faith…”
Firstly, I want you to take note of the phrase in verse 17, “… A righteousness that is by faith from first to last…”
A) GOD GIVES THE FAITH! (John 6:44)
B) NO ONE CHOOSES TO FOLLOW GOD BY THEIR OWN VOLITION! (Psalm 14:1-3, Psalm 53:1-3, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 3:10-12. )
C) THIS GENUINE FAITH FROM GOD LASTS FOREVER! (John 10:28-30, John 17:1-3, 6-9)
POINT 2: GENUINE FAITH – ARE OTHERS ENCOURAGED BECAUSE OF YOUR GENUINE FAITH? (Matthew 5:13-16)
A) ENCOURAGED CHRISTIANS TO BEING ENCOURAGING CHRISTIANS! (Romans 1:11-12)
B) IS THERE A DISTINCT DIFFERENCE IN YOU? (Matthew 7:21-23)
C) ARE YOU ACTUALLY CONDONING THE FILTH! (Matthew 7:16-20)
POINT 3: FALSE CHRISTIANITY – FALSE SURRENDER!
A) YOU ARE NOT SAVED BECAUSE YOU COPIED SOMEONE ELSE’S PRAYER!
B) What is needed is; DEEP REMORSE AND DEEP ANGUISH AND DEEP REPENTANCE! (Psalm 42)
C) CONFESSION AND REPENTANCE COME FROM DEEP WITHIN! (Psalm 51)
Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, CLDIP, DDIV, ADIV)