Reflection from my reading in Matthew 7 the One Year Bible New Testament.
Jesus gave us some strong warnings and a test to see if we are really saved.
The Narrow Gate
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:13–14
The narrow gate is Jesus. Actually, in John Jesus says,
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9
Only those who enter through Jesus will be saved. Period.
The Fruit Test
So how do you know if someone has has truly made Jesus their Lord. I call it the fruit test. Jesus said in short,
“So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.” Matthew 7:17
Basically Jesus is saying if your life is producing good fruit, it is evidence that you have been saved. Are you growing in the fruit of the Spirit?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22–23
Other fruit can be seen in your words, actions, and being a part of leading others to faith. If you have Christ living inside of you, there will be outward changes. This fruit may take time to grow, but it should be identifiable.
Do You Know Him?
One of the scariest passages in the Bible is Matt 7:21-23
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ “
Here’s the ultimate test if you are saved or not. Do you know Jesus? It doesn’t matter if you have even done a lot of good things, even “Christian” things, if you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus resulting in a changed life. Jesus is inviting you into a loving relationship with him!
How can you know you are saved? KNOW JESUS!
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