Question: If we r convicted, does that mean we r saved?
Scripture teaches that God has written His law on the heart of every person. Conviction over sin, a guilty conscience, and experiencing personal responsibility for violating God’s righteous law are present in all people (Rom 1:1-32) — the saved and the unsaved! So the key question is ‘what does the Bible say genuine salvation looks like?’:
How do I know my life has been transformed by God’s grace, that I’m really a Christian? How do I know if I’m just a “professor” or a real “possessor” of genuine saving faith?
The Bible states that a person can know if they are truly born-again (Gal 5:16-25)! It exhorts us to examine ourselves to see if we truly “possess” genuine, saving faith in Jesus Christ (2 Cor 13:5 ). The Bible gives ample descriptions of the nature and specific type of “God-given faith” that resides in the heart of a true follower of Christ (Matt 5:3-12; Col 3).
Listed below are some, but not all, of those key heart attitudes and actions that “possesors” of genuine faith display as the pattern of their life:
- Manifest love for the God of the Bible – an undying desire to worship, please, sacrifice and serve the triune God (Ps 42:1ff; Rom 8:7; 1 Pet 1:8-9; 1 Jn 2:9-11).
- Humility – an unwavering recognition and conviction of your total sinfulness and inability to be accepted by and please God, apart from Christ (Matt 5:3).
- Heart desire for righteousness – a deep passion for personal purity, a “hunger and thirst after righteousness.”
- Submission to God’s Authority – a heart’s desire to fully embrace the Lordship of Christ and the absolute authority of Scripture (Matt 7:21-27; Jn 14:15).
- Heart-driven obedience to God’s Word – a passion and pattern of obedience to Scripture because He has changed you. You obey because He is sovereign, worthy, your Creator, Savior and you love Him (John 8:31, 14:15, 23-24, cf. 15:10).
So “conviction over sin” alone, or any other perceived transgression, does not prove one “possesses” true salvation. The “proof” is provided by a changed heart and life that displays, at a minimum, the Spirit-generated characteristics presented above.
If you believe that you do not possess “genuine saving faith” in Christ and you desire to, then I humbly encourage you to speak with me or anyone faithfully serving at FBC. (It would be a joy!)
Remember, the Bible says “faith” comes by hearing (or understanding) and understanding comes by the Word of God! (Rom 10:17)