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TXT: Does conviction = salvation?

Question: If we r convicted, does that mean we r saved?

Answer:

I assume you mean “conviction over sin”?  If that is what you mean the answer is ‘no.’  Let me explain

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. Heart desire for righteousness – a deep passion for personal purity, a “hunger and thirst after righteousness.”
  4. 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).
  5. 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)

Author: Peter Spiers

Peter is an executive with CFA, a national healthcare consulting firm, and invests all his off-work time into his church and his family. He is faithful to invest his life into men and loves to see people transformed by God’s Word.

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