True or False…
1. I believe that Jesus Christ is God.
Jesus stated in John 8:24, 58-59 that unless a person believes He is the great I AM – Jehovah himself, the person will die in their sins.
“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” John 8:24 (NASB)
1 John 4:1-2; 5:5 and 5:20 echo that truth. 1 John 4:1-2 states we must believe that Jesus was God in human flesh. Anyone who says anything different is a false teacher. Only Christians believe Jesus is God.
2. I repented of my sins, because I sin.
Jesus has warned everyone that He came to call sinners to repent and not good people. When you asked God to forgive your sins, did you repent of your sins?
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32 (NASB)
Romans 3:23 tells us that everyone of us is a sinner.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3;23 (NASB)
In Luke 18:19 Jesus said,
“Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. Luke 18:19 (NASB)
Jesus’ message is that no one does anything good enough to rescue them from their sins and give them eternal life.
Therefore, do you admit you sin and are you repentant? Are you sorry for your sins? Only Christians grieve their sins.
3. I am trusting God to forgive my sins and take me to heaven.
John 3:16 says that we must believe in Christ in order to have our sins forgiven. The verse states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
John 1:12 adds, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name . . .” This last statement reveals that each one of us must “receive, take or choose” Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. That includes believing who He claimed to be. Have you ever asked Him to forgive your sins?
4. I desire to submit to Jesus as my Savior and Master.
Do you consider Jesus to be the master of your life? Romans 8:9 reveals that a true Christian will submit to Jesus was Lord.
. . . that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9-10 (NASB)
In 1 Corinthians 12:3 we are told that only Christians will honestly submit to Jesus was Lord.
Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3 (NASB)
Do you truly strive to submit Christ in everything? Only Christians submit to Christ.
5. I love Jesus and want to please Him.
1 Corinthians 16:22 tells us that if a person does not love Jesus, then are divinely cursed.
If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha. 1 Corinthians 16:22 (NASB)
The Greek word for love is phileo and it implies a friendship type of love.
6. I am sinning less and less.
1 John 2:3-4 and 1 John 3:7-8 warn us that those who know Him— Christians — will be striving to sin less and less.
“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him . . . 1 John 2:3-4 (NASB)
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:7-8(NASB)
Christians do not want to sin and displease God.
7. The fruit of the Spirit is increasing in my life.
If the Holy Spirit is living within you, then the fruit of the Spirit will be becoming more obvious in you day after day.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . .” Galatians 5:22 (NASB)
8. I want to be with other believers.
1 John 4:7-8 says that one who truly belongs to God loves others and I John 2:19 says that those who do not belong to God eventually stop being a Christian. Together these two verses imply that a true follower of Jesus wants to be with believers. If you say that you want to be with other believers, and do you attend church, then you are not a Christian.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (NASB)
9. I experience answered prayers.
1 John 3:22 says that a follower of God will have their prayer requests answered because they please Him.
. . . whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 1 John 3:22 (NASB)
10. I understand the Bible.
An important test that must be overlooked is that a Christian can read it and understand it. Non-Christians cannot understand it or a pastor’s sermon. That was Jesus’ message in John 14:21. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 provides more explanation.
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NASB)
Only Christians can understand the Bible, because only the Holy Spirit helps Christians understand.
Scoring Your “Christian Self-Inventory Test”
In order to know if you are a Christian, total the number of times you marked a statement as True and as False. The test is divided into two parts.
Profession of Faith
First, statements #1, #2, #3 and #4 measure the profession of you faith. These are the essentials of a true Christian therefore, if you did not mark statements #1, #2, #3 and #4 as True, then you are definitely not a Christian.
#1 — Christians will mark this true.
#2 — Christians will mark this true.
#3 — Christians will mark this true.
#4 — Christians will mark this true.
Practical Evidence of Your Faith
Second, statements #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 and #10 measure evidences that your profession of faith is real. Therefore, the more you marked as true, increases the possibility that you are a Christian. The fewer you marked, the less likely it is you are a Christian. How many of these characteristics describe you?
Spiritual growth is the result of the Holy Spirit changing a Christian over time and a Christian “working out their salvation” (Philippians 2;12-13). 1 John 2:12-14 will help you understand if you are a new Christian a father of the father or somewhere in between. Once again, this test is like a Christian personality test. It is an, “Am I a Christian Quiz.” Accurate results require honesty.
What Makes A Good Christian?
Everyone of the statements describes what one could call a “good Christian.” But biblically no Christian is good or righteous in ourselves. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that Christians are as righteous as Christ and Romans 5:1 tells us that this is true because by faith in Christ we have been declared to be righteous. As a result of Christ death on the cross we have been declared to be legally righteous as the result of faith.
Then we could say a “good Christian” is someone seeks to please God in everything they do (1 Thessalonians 4:1). They will flee sin, read the Bible, pray, be filled with the Holy Spirit, confess their sins and share Christ with others.
So, how are you doing? What was the result of the “Christian Self-Inventory Test”? We could also ask how did you dod on the, “Am I a Christian Quiz” or the “Am I really a Christian” test?