The Marks of True Christians (Part 2)

What are the outward evidences that distinguish those who are saved from those who are lost? These are truths that describe genuine Christians, not prescriptions for how to be saved (except for the first mark). True saving faith results in not just salvation, but in good works as well because those who are saved have been regenerated and have a new nature that desires after the things of God (2 Cor 5:17). I offer the following list based on the testimony of Scripture through the lens of Thomas Brooks, Jean Taffin, and Paul Washer.

Those who are saved in contrast to religious hypocrites:

1. Trust in Christ alone for salvation (Rom 4:5). 2. Wait patiently upon God (Isa 30:18). 3. Hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matt 5:6). 4. Seek the approval of God, not man (Psa 139:23-24). 5. Strive for personal holiness (Heb 12:14). 6. Desire to live out the gospel (1 Pet 2:11-12). 7. Grieve over their sin because it offends God (Psa 51:4). 8. Desire God (Psa 73:25-26). 9. Are willing to lose everything for Christ (Phil 3:7-8). 10. See Christ as precious (1 Pet 2:7). 11. Are subject to the lordship of Christ (Rom 10:9). 12. Seek to grow in grace (2 Pet 3:18). 13. Examine themselves (2 Cor 13:5). 14. Make their calling and election sure (2 Pet 1:10). 15. Have godly sorrow and repentance over sin (2 Cor 7:10). 16. Love Christ (2 Tim 4:8). 17. Endure to the end (Heb 3:14). 18. Are faithful in the midst of persecution (Rev 2:10). 19. Are persecuted for their godly life (2 Tim 3:12). 20. Gladly suffer for the sake of Christ (Acts 14:22). 21. Pray without ceasing (Job 27:10). 22. Forsake sin (Isa 55:7). 23. Seek God with all their heart (Jer 29:13). 24. Deny themselves (Matt 16:24). 25. Persevere in the cause of Christ (Luke 9:62). 26. Forgive others (Matt 6:15). 27. Fear God (Psa 66:16). 28. Hate sin (Psa 97:10). Hate evil (Prov 8:13). 29. Love God, not their sin (Rom 8:28). 30. Endure affliction rather than sin (Job 36:21). 31. Walk in the light (1 John 1:6-7). 32. Are marked by confession and repentance (1 John 1:8-10). 33. Keep God’s commandments (1 John 2:3-4). 34. Walk as Christ walked (1 John 2:5-6). 35. Love their fellow brothers in Christ (1 John 2:9-10). 36. Disdain the world (1 John 2:15-17). 37. Continue in the historic doctrines of the Christian faith and Christian fellowship (1 John 2:19). 38. Do not deny Christ (1 John 2:22-23). 39. Practice righteousness (1 John 2:29). 40. Purify themselves (1 John 3:3-6). 41. Overcome the world (1 John 5:4-5). 42. Believe the testimony of God concerning his Son (1 John 5:10-12).

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