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Sometimes used as a joke, sometimes used to accost unsuspecting individuals on the street, sometimes a sincere question – it is a very important question – perhaps, the most important question in all of life.

One thing is for sure – 5 seconds after death, it is the only question that matters.

It is not enough to say, “I was baptized,” or “I walked the aisle as a 12 year old” or “my wife takes care of the religion for me,” or “I once accepted Jesus.”

Jesus once said, “a tree is know by its fruits.” A christian is know by certain evidences.

John Bunyan, one of the Puritans and the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, helps us know the marks of a person who is coming – or has come – to Christ for salvation. Justin Childers has updated the language to help with readability.

Do these things characterize your life?

1. Are you burdened with your sin, recognizing it as an exceedingly bitter thing?

2. Do you run from your sin as you would a deadly serpent?

3. Do you recognize and flee from the insufficiency of your own righteousness in the sight of God.

4. Do you cry to the Lord Jesus to save you?

5. Do you see more worth and merit in one drop of Christ’s blood to save you, than in all the sins of the world to condemn you?

6. Are you tender of sinning against Jesus?

7. Is Jesus’ name, person, and undertakings more precious to you than the glory of the world?

8. Is faith in Christ precious to you (as a means to connect you to Christ)?

9. Do you savor Christ in his Word, and do you leave all the world for his sake?

10. Are you willing (with God’s help) to run in harm’s way for his name?

11. Are his saints precious to you?


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