The Only True Test

“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”

Romans 8:9

Ponder This

A good test as to whether you’re saved or not is just simply this: have you received the Holy Spirit? In Acts chapter 19, Paul met some disciples and he had reason to wonder whether they were saved or not. He asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed” (Acts 19:2)? They said they didn’t even know there was a Holy Spirit. Paul then asked about the nature of their baptism. In response, they told him they were baptized with John’s baptism. Paul realized that these people had come right up to the threshold of salvation, but they’d never received the Lord. So he preached unto them Jesus and they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus and they received the Holy Spirit. The distinguishing mark of a child of God is this: that he or she has the Holy Spirit.

  • Have you received the Holy Spirit?
  • What is different in your life because you received the Holy Spirit?

Practice This

Make a list of the evidence (or fruit) in your life that has come through receiving the Holy Spirit.