How Can I Know If I Have Saving Faith?
William Guthrie, a Scottish Divine who lived 350 years ago, preached a sermon on the same text as I did last week. In it he listed (almost as though he was a blogger)evidences you could look to in your life to determine if your faith was genuine. I didn't have time to include this in my message, but I thought it might be helpful.
Evidences of Genuine Faith
- Those excellent graces, gifts, and fruits of the Spirit are where this grace of faith is (Gal. 5:22).
- Where those Christian virtues and graces are linked together in a chain there is faith (2 Peter 1:5-8).
- Wherever there is true faith there is love to the object of faith (1 Peter 1:8).
- Where faith is, there is sincere love to all the saints of God.
- Where faith is, there is a patient waiting for the promises. Faith makes no haste.
- Where faith is, there is patient enduring of affliction.
- Where it is, it weans the heart and affections from the earth and earthly things; they are not desirous of them (Gal. 6:14).
- Faith, where it is exercise, resists temptations to sin.
- Faith is serious and studious of holiness in the heart, life and conversation. Believing will not tolerate sin in the heart or conversation (1 Peter 1:15-16).
- Again, where faith is, oh! but it puts folk upon being serious and fervent in prayer to God (Mark 9:24).
- Were faith is, persons are very sensible of the unbelief of their hearts; and gladly would they have their unbelief cured.
- Faith leads the person in whom it is to make, conscience of yielding obedience to God only in Christ's strength.
- Where faith is they are longing for Christ's second coming, that they may be in His company never to be out of it again (2 Cor. 5:1).