Fundamental Tests of Genuine Christianity Part 4

Part 2 of the Moral Test

by Mike Ratliff

And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. (1 John 2:28-29 ESV)

The chief proof that one is a genuine Christian is perseverance. The genuine, regenerate Christian will abide, or remain, in Christ. Those who abide in Christ have the hope of His return. This hope produces the effect of continual abiding in Him. These abiding believers long for the culmination of their Lord’s Kingdom. They love His appearing, eagerly awaiting His return. These are the ones who practice righteousness. This walking in righteousness marks those who will be crowned with eternal righteousness in Heaven. Continue reading