Edwards on True Conversion

In Being Real on January 30, 2012 by The Spillover

From Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections, we’re going to look at 8 signs of true conversion. Let’s be challenged to not glance & move on, but to really look inward as we read over each one. Take a moment. The prevailing wisdom in many religious establishments is to cry “legalist!” at the faintest suggestion of examining one’s own faith. But what we shall do is conform to the scriptures, which tell us:

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 Cor 13:5

Take inventory today, with these hallmarks of true conversion:

“It is essential to Christianity:

  • that we repent of our sins,
  • that we be convinced of our own sinfulness,
  • that we are sensible we have justly exposed ourselves to God’s wrath,
  • that our hearts do renounce all sin,
  • that we do with our whole hearts embrace Christ as our only Saviour;
  • that we love him above all, and
  • are willing for his sake to forsake all, and
  • that we do give up ourselves to be entirely and forever his.”

Religious Affections, 334, bullets added.

Adapted from Desiring God’s post.

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