Saving faith leads to a life of salvation.
“In a sincere conversion, we will soon experience changing affections and habits. Things that used to seem appealing no longer do; things weren’t appealing now are. If your faith is alive, you will experience increasing discontent and conviction over sins of the past and will respond with a genuine desire to turn away, to be changed. If you do not experience ‘hatred of sin and love of holiness,’ Charles Spurgeon said, God has ‘done nothing in you of a saving character.’”
- Chuck Colson, The Faith
“We are then truly free when God orders our lives, that is, forms and creates us not as human beings – this he has already done – but as good people, which he is not doing by his grace, that we may indeed be new creatures in Christ Jesus. Accordingly the prayer: ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God.’”
- Augustine, Enchiridion 9.31
“We ought to live for Christ not just because we belong to him, not just because he died for us and not just because he rose again on our behalf. We ought to live for him because we have been made into something different. We now have a new life. The old things which have passed away refer to our sins and impiety…”
- Chrysostom, Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians 11.4
“To follow Jesus came to mean, for the early disciples, what it must inevitably mean for a follower in any age – not an encounter for personal gain, but an act of self-losing for those gains which are spiritual in nature, and of such self-giving consequence that they, as His followers, allow Him to state the terms of their devotion and of their sacrifice. Hence, love must supplant servile obedience in discipleship; and giving must replace receiving.”
- John E. Gardner, Personal Religious Disciplines
“The fault of the missionary church is the same as the fault of the church in North America: we have too superficial a concept of discipleship. We are content merely to see people won to Christ if it’s in a conservative evangelical framework. We’re concerned only with the faith transaction. The failure of the church here and consequently in lands that have been affected by North American missionary outreach has been a failure to follow through on the commands of Christ, because if we take seriously what Jesus said discipleship means, Christians will be led into the kinds of ministry that are socially transforming.”
- Howard Snyder, Interview in The Wittenberg Door
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5
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