INTRODUCTION

Pages 114-118 of The Salvation Meter book describe the “A Believer has Experiential Knowledge of God” test of salvation.  This article at https://thesalvationmeter.com website is a revision of the discussion and questions in the book that pertain to this test of salvation.  There are two basic reasons I wrote this revision.

First, a sermon is never finished, merely preached.  In the same way, there will always be ways to revise and improve the discussion of the “A Believer has Experiential Knowledge of God” test of salvation.  Second, I hope this revision will assist anyone who reads, teaches,  preaches, or merely considers this test’s substance to appreciate better the principles taught in this test of salvation. 

The “A Believer has Experiential Knowledge of God” is an important test of salvation that indicates a person’s spiritual condition.  Actions that demonstrate experiential knowledge of God emanate from the menō (i.e., abiding) relationship between God and a believer.  The longer and more intense the menō relationship, the deeper and more filling is a believer’s experiential knowledge of God. 

Even though the “A Believer has Experiential Knowledge of God” test falls within the scope of the “A Believer Abides in God” test, if a person does not have experiential knowledge of God, it is indicative of a lost spiritual condition.  On the other hand, if a believer displays experiential knowledge of God, it is persuasive evidence of salvation.

REVISED DISCUSSION

1 John 2:13c-14a

When he wrote 1 John 2:13a, c-14a (ASV 1901), the Apostle John set out the “A Believer has Experiential Knowledge of God” test of salvation: 

13a I write unto you, fathers, because ye know him who is from the beginning. … 13c I have written unto you, little children, because ye know the Father.  14a I have written unto you, fathers, because ye know him who is from the beginning.

            In verses 13a and 14a, John identified some in his audience as “fathers” who were people who were spiritually mature believers because “ye know him who is from the beginning.”  In verse 13c, John wrote to believers who were spiritually immature or young in the faith, i.e., “children,” because “ye know the Father.”  Spiritually immature believers need to grow spiritually.  The ASV 1901 translates these three usages of the Greek verb ginōskō as “ye know.”  In each usage, ginōskō is in the perfect verb tense, which is the verb tense used by the writer to describe a completed verbal action that occurred in the past, but which produced a state of being or a result that exists in the present (in relation to the writer).  The emphasis of the perfect tense is not the past action so much as it is the present “state of affairs” resulting from the past action.  See Heiser, M. S., & Setterholm, V. M. (2013; 2013). Glossary of Morpho-Syntactic Database Terminology.  Lexham Press.       

The Greek verb ginōskō means to possess information about—‘to know, know about, have knowledge of, be acquainted with, acquaintance.’  See Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 333).  New York: United Bible Societies.  “Little Kittel” (Kittel, G., Friedrich, G., & Bromiley, G. W. (1985). Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in One Volume (p. 121-122). Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans) discusses the word group:

In general, the Christian view of knowledge follows closely that of the OT.  It involves obedient acknowledgment.  It is not a fixed possession.  It is a gift of grace that marks the Christian life (1 Cor. 1:5; 2 Cor. 8:7).  Practical interests are always implied.  Edification rather than learning is the main point (Rom. 15:14; 1 Cor. 14:6).  Reflective inquiry must be grounded in love and lead to right action (Phil. 1:9–10; Phlm. 6; Col. 1:9–10; 1 Pet. 3:7). … Thus knowledge is neither observation nor mystical vision; it comes to expression in acts.  Observing the commandments is a criterion of knowledge (1 Jn. 2:3ff.).

What John intended to convey to his audience (i.e., “fathers” and “children”) was that experiential knowledge about God that took place in the past still existed and remained important in the present.  A believer who has experiential knowledge of God reflects such experiential knowledge by their actions.  A believer’s experiential knowledge of God grows over time as a believer spiritually matures and experiences God’s intervention in their life more and more.  Over time, God proves Himself to be real and active in the life of a believer, and, in turn, a believer responds accordingly with more and more actions that are in greater obedience to God.

Specific Examples of Gaining Experiential Knowledge of God

Some teaching from the book by Blackaby et al. entitled Experiencing God [(1994) Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee) provides guidance to discover evidence that supports the condition that a believer has experiential knowledge of God.  Blackaby et al. lists seven realities of experiencing God, some of which are relevant to this test of salvation. 

One of these realities is that God is always at work around a believer.  God working around a believer can manifest itself in many ways.  In my opinion, the most significant way God works in a believer’s life is when He saves a believer, and during the process that leads up to the conversion event.  The Salvation Meter discusses a believer’s conversion event on pages 39-88.  The reader should refer to that discussion, especially the section entitled “The Irreducible Minimum of the Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ” on pages 72-77 of the book.

Every believer has experiential knowledge of God through their personal salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and not by works per Ephesians 2:8–9 (ASV 1901):

8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not of works, that no man should glory.

Acts 9:1-19 records Paul’s dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus.  On more than one occasion, the Apostle Paul shared his testimony about his encounter with Jesus Christ.  See Acts 22:6-21 and Acts 26:12-18.  A believer demonstrates having experiential knowledge of God by testifying about their salvation experience.  I believe that every believer’s conversion is a miracle from God.

            About a believer’s conversion event, their experiential knowledge of God can manifest itself in several ways.  A believer’s experiential knowledge of God can manifest itself in a feeling of deep joy that a permanent relationship exists with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Along this line, a believer’s experiential knowledge of God can manifest itself in confidence that their eternal destiny is secure.  Further, a believer’s experiential knowledge of God can manifest itself in a relief they have been delivered from an eternity in hell.

All believers are not preachers in the sense of Ephesians 4:11–12 (ASV 1901):

11 And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:

However, an integral part of a believer’s salvation testimony is their preaching of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul commanded Timothy to preach the word in 2 Timothy 4:1–4 (ASV 1901), which reads:

1 I charge thee in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  3 For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables.

Preaching the gospel, i.e., carrying out evangelism in whatever form, is evidence a believer has experiential knowledge of God.  Proclaiming the saving gospel of Jesus Christ can take on many forms, such as, for example, verbally and in print. 

            A believer’s experiential knowledge of God can manifest itself in a desire to proclaim the gospel, praying that the Holy Spirit will convict the lost of their need of salvation, a desire to become better equipped to proclaim the gospel, and the exercise of actually proclaiming the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.  In addition, a believer’s experiential knowledge of God can manifest itself in telling others about what God has done in their life both at conversion and thereafter.

God works in a believer’s life in more ways than salvation.  A believer’s experiential knowledge of God includes the great things He has done and the mercy God has shown to them in instances in which Satan’s power has been broken.  Therefore, it is a natural reaction for a believer to tell others about their experiential knowledge of God as did the blind man whom Jesus healed when he said in John 9:25 (ASV1901), which reads:

25 He therefore answered, Whether he is a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

John 9 records the entire account of Jesus healing the man who was born blind.

In the case of the demon-possessed man whom Jesus had healed, instead of allowing him to come with Him, Mark 5:18-19 (ASV1901) records that Jesus told him to report all that God had done:

18 And as he was entering into the boat, he that had been possessed with demons besought him that he might be with him.  19 And he suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go to thy house unto thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and how he had mercy on thee.

It is biblical to tell others, “and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and how he had mercy on thee.”  The “great things the Lord hath done” category includes physical healing, emotional healing, guidance in financial issues, restoring marriages, and other relationships.  Evidence of experiential knowledge of God shows itself in a believer’s realization that the battle is spiritual per Ephesians 6:12 (ASV 1901):

12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

            According to Blackaby et al., another reality of experiencing God is God invites a believer to become involved with Him in His work.  Sometimes, God’s calling can create a crisis of belief that requires faith and trust in God.  God’s calling in life often requires the believer to make life-changing actions. 

The Bible describes several instances in which Jesus called His disciples resulting in life-changing action.  For example, Jesus called Peter and Andrew and James and John, and all of these straightway (or immediately) left their vocation.  Matthew 4:18-22 (ASV1901) reads:

18 And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers.  19 And he saith unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men.  20 And they straightway left the nets, and followed him.  21 And going on from thence he saw two other brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.  22 And they straightway left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus called Levi (Matthew) and he left his vocation to follow Jesus.  Luke 5:27-28 (ASV 1901) reads:

27 And after these things he went forth, and beheld a publican, named Levi, sitting at the place of toll, and said unto him, Follow me.  28 And he forsook all, and rose up and followed him.

            Jesus’ calling of Paul was a dramatic event that turned Paul’s life upside down.  At first his calling was a painful experience.  Acts 9:3-9 (ASV 1901) reads:

3 And as he journeyed, it came to pass that he drew nigh unto Damascus: and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven: 4 and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord?  And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: 6 but rise, and enter into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.  7 And the men that journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but beholding no man.  8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing; and they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.  9 And he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink.

Jesus’ calling of Ananias at first, created much angst in Ananias’ life per Acts 9:10-19 (ASV 1901):

10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord said unto him in a vision, Ananias.  And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth; 12 and he hath seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight.  13 But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many of this man, how much evil he did to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14 and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call upon thy name.  15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 for I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake.  17 And Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and laying his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, who appeared unto thee in the way which thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  18 And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.  And he was certain days with the disciples that were at Damascus.

But, in the face of his anxiety, Ananias trusted Jesus and did what Jesus instructed him to do. 

A believer’s obedience to God’s calling to work with Him demonstrates that the believer has experiential knowledge of God.  This is especially the case in difficult circumstances.  A believer’s experiential knowledge of God can manifest itself in recalling instances in which God called them, and they responded even in the face of angst and trembling.

            Another reality is that God speaks to a believer by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.  Acts 13:2-3 (ASV 1901) reveals that the Holy Spirit set apart Paul and Barnabus for God’s work:

2 And as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.  3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

            Acts 10:9-48 records the events connected with the Holy Spirit directing Peter to his encounter with Cornelius.  As reported in Acts 10:13-16 (ASV 1901), Peter was reluctant to obey what God showed his in the vision:

13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.  14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common and unclean.  15 And a voice came unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, make not thou common.  16 And this was done thrice: and straightway the vessel was received up into heaven.

However, after he had pondered the vision, he obeyed the command from the Holy Spirit as described in Acts 10:19-20, 23b (ASV 1901):

19 And while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.  20 But arise, and get thee down, and go with them, nothing doubting: for I have sent them. …  23b And on the morrow he arose and went forth with them, and certain of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

The result was all those who heard Peter’s message were saved as recorded in Acts 10:44-46 (ASV 1901):

2 And as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.  3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Instances in which a believer has sensed and obeyed the calling of the Holy Spirit demonstrate that they have experiential knowledge of God.  The Holy Spirit uses Bible engagement, prayer, circumstances, and other believers in the church body to provide guidance, i.e., a sense of what to do or a direction in which to head, to a believer.

            Even though there is overlap with the A Believer Experiences Answered Prayers” test of salvation on pages 204-206 of The Salvation Meter book, answered prayer demonstrates that a believer has experiential knowledge of God.  For example, Luke 2:25–32 (ASV 1901) describes how God answered Simeon’s prayer of “I want to see Jesus!”  This passage reads:

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  26 And it had been revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the custom of the law, 28 then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Now lettest thou thy servant depart, Lord, According to thy word, in peace; 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples; 32 A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people Israel.

The scope of an “I want to see Jesus” prayer can be broad.  A believer’s experiential knowledge of God can manifest itself in answers to their “I want to see Jesus” prayers.

Another way a believer’s experiential knowledge of God comes is through God-given comfort in trying circumstances.  A believer can pass along comfort to others consistent with what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (ASV 1901):

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; 4 who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

During my first wife’s cancer ordeal, God gave each of us comforts daily.  Even when the doctor’s reports were discouraging, God still gave us His peace that passed all understanding per Philippians 4:7 (ASV 1901), which reads:

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Both of us gained experiential knowledge of God through this terrible situation.    Many times I have recounted the daily, hourly, and even the minute-by-minute grace God gave us to persevere through those thirty-three months from the metastasis to her passing in May of 2001 to be in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  God dispenses grace during a tsunami, and this is evidence that a believer has experiential knowledge of God.

            Experiential knowledge of God can come during times of physical loss.  Job suffered devastating losses as described in Job 1:13-19. Yet, even amid such significant loss, Job remained faithful to God per Job 1:20-22 (ASV 1901):

20 Then Job arose, and rent his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped; 21 and he said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah.  22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

While our loss was nothing of the magnitude of Job’s, my wife Sharon and I experienced significant flood damage to our home during the 2010 floods in middle Tennessee.  Amid the damage, we saw God work in tangible ways through unsolicited help from strangers and those in neighboring communities. 

One demonstration of a believer having experiential knowledge of God is through contentment in all situations like what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:10 (ASV 1901):

10 Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

            A believer’s attitude toward God can be demonstrative evidence they have experiential knowledge of God.   For example, in 1 Peter 2:17 (ASV 1901), the Apostle Peter wrote that a believer should fear God:

17 Honor all men.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honor the king.

The ASV 1901 translates the Greek verb phobeō as “fear.”  It means to have profound reverence and respect for deity, with the implication of awe bordering on fear—‘to reverence, to worship.  See Louw et al. supra at Vol. 1, p. 539). It is in the present verb tense which is the verb tense where the writer portrays an action in process or a state of being with no assessment of the action’s completion.  See Heiser et al., Id.  Little Kittel (Kittel et al. supra at p. 1275) reads:

The NT opposes all hampering anxiety but relates fear of God to faith as total trust.

A believer who stands in awe of God presents evidence that they have experiential knowledge of God.  Along this line, a believer who demonstrates total trust in God shows they have experiential knowledge of God.  To practice trust in God to provide demonstrates that a believer has experiential knowledge of God. 

            A believer who draws near to God demonstrates experiential knowledge of God.   Hebrews 10:19-22 (ASV 1901) teaches that a believer should draw near to God:

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 and having a great priest over the house of God; 22 let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our body washed with pure water,

The ASV 1901 translates the Greek verb proserchomai as “let us draw near.”  It means to move toward a reference point, with a possible implication in certain contexts of a reciprocal relationship between the person approaching and the one who is approached.  See Louw et al., supra at Vol. 1, p. 191.  Proserchomai is in the present tense, which is the tense where the writer portrays an action in process or a state of being with no assessment of the action’s completion.  See Heiser et al., Id

James 4:8 (ASV 1901) also teaches that a believer is to draw near to God:

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.

The ASV 1901 translates the Greek verb engizō as “draw nigh” and it means to move nearer to a reference point—‘to draw near, to come near, to approach.  See Louw et al. supra at Vol. 1, p. 191.  It is in the aorist verb tense which is used by the writer to present the action of a verb as a “snapshot” event.  The verb’s action is portrayed simply and in summary fashion without respect to any process.  See Heiser et al. Id.  The second usage of engizō (he will draw nigh”) is in the future tense.  Lea (Lea, T. D. (1999). Hebrews, James (Vol. 10, p. 321). Broadman & Holman Publishers) described drawing near to God:

Come near to God involves approaching God in worship and commitment.  Those who approach God in the obedience of worship find that he comes near to them.  As our knowledge of the Lord deepens, we learn more fully his strength, power, and guidance for godly living.

To draw near to God by confession, repentance, worship, and with an undivided heart demonstrates that a believer has experiential knowledge of God.

Conclusion

Gaining experiential knowledge about God is a lifelong process that begins at salvation and continues forever.  The “A Believer has Experiential Knowledge of God” is an important test of salvation that indicates a person’s spiritual condition.  Actions that demonstrate experiential knowledge of God emanate from the menō (i.e., abiding) relationship between God and a believer. 

The “A Believer has Experiential Knowledge of God” test falls within the scope of the “A Believer Abides in God” test.  Even so, if a person does not have experiential knowledge of God, it is indicative of a lost spiritual condition.  On the other hand, if a believer displays evidence of experiential knowledge of God, it is persuasive evidence of salvation.

QUESTIONS

The “A Believer has Experiential Knowledge of God” test of salvation raises the following questions for you to answer.

Question 5-22:  Have you experienced God working in your life?  Please explain your answer.  In your explanation, please include a description of some of the more memorable events in which God worked in your life. 

Question 5-22A:  Have you experienced God working in your life through your conversion event, as well as during the process that led up to your conversion event?  Please explain your answer and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22B:  Have you demonstrated having experiential knowledge of God by testifying about your salvation experience, i.e., conversion event and process leading up to your conversion?  Please explain your answer and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22C:  Have you experienced God working in your life through a feeling of deep joy caused by your permanent relationship that exists with God through His Son, Jesus Christ?  Have you experienced God working in your life through the confidence that you feel because your eternal destiny is secure?  Have you experienced God working in your life through the sense of relief you possess knowing that you have been delivered from an eternity in hell?  Please explain your answers and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22D:  Have you experienced God working in your life through a desire to proclaim the saving gospel of Jesus Christ?  Do you pray that the Holy Spirit will convict lost of their need for Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?  Do you have a desire to become better equipped to proclaim the gospel?  Do you actually proclaim the saving gospel of Jesus Christ?  Please explain your answers and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22E:  Have you experienced God working in your life through your desire to tell others about what God has done in you after your conversion?  Please explain your answer and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22F:  Have you experienced God working in your life through a desire to tell others about “the great things” God has done for you?  Do the “great things” include instances in which Satan;s power has been broken?  Do you act on that desire to tell others?  Please note that the “great things the Lord hath done” category includes physical healing, emotional healing, guidance in financial issues, restoring marriages, and other relationships.  Do you appreciate that the battle is spiritual?  Please explain your answer and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22G:  Have you experienced God working in your life through your obedience to God’s calling on your life?  Has God called you to carry out an assigned task under difficult circumstances?  Can you recall instances in which you obeyed even in the face of angst and trembling?  Please explain your answers and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22H:  Have you experienced God working in your life through instances in which you sensed and obeyed the calling of the Holy Spirit?  Please keep in mind that the Holy Spirit uses Bible engagement, prayer, circumstances, and other believers in the church body to provide guidance, i.e., a sense of what to do or a direction in which to head, to a believer.  Please explain your answer and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22I:  Have you experienced God working in your life through answers to your “I want to see Jesus” prayers?  Please explain your answer and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22J:  Have you experienced God working in your life through experiencing God-given comfort in trying circumstances such as, for example, the death of a loved one, physical loss, emotional turmoil, and the like?  Please explain your answer and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22K:  Have you experienced God working in your life by experiencing God-given contentment in all situations?  Please explain your answer and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22L:  Typically, please describe your overall attitude towards God?  Does it change depending upon the circumstances?  Please explain your answers and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22M:  Have you experienced God working in your life through your awe of God you experience when you stand before Him?  For example, do you experience the awe and greatness of God when you pray or when you engage the Bible?  Please explain your answers and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22N:  Have you experienced God working in your life through placing your total trust in Him?  Is it your standard practice to trust in God in all circumstances?  Please explain your answer and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

Question 5-22O:  Have you experienced God working in your life through your drawing near to God?  Do you experience drawing near to God through confession, repentance, worship, and with an undivided heart?  Please explain your answers and include a discussion of any noteworthy events.

 Question 5-23:  How does it make you feel that God acts in your life so that you gain experiential knowledge about Him?  Keep in mind that God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.  Please explain your answer.

Question 5-24:  Are you excited that you experientially know the attributes of God as revealed in Scripture?  Do you appreciate all that Scripture reveals about God is true?  Does that cause you to want to increase your level (quality and quantity) of Bible engagement?  Please explain your answers.

Question 5-25:  Does the fact that you experientially know God cause you to experience joy or cause you to feel a sense of importance?   Please explain your answer and include a description of any other emotions or feelings that stem from the fact that you experientially know God. 

Question 5-26:  Do you have a desire to know God more deeply throughout the rest of your life?  What are your motivations for wanting to know God more deeply?  Please explain your answer.

Question 5-27:  What do you plan to do to deepen your knowledge of God?  When will you begin?  Please explain your answers and include a description of any accountability mechanisms in place.

Question 5-28:  Do you believe you satisfy the “a believer has experiential knowledge of God” test of salvation?  Please explain your answer and include evidence that supports your answer.  Do you strongly agree, moderately agree, moderately disagree, strongly disagree or are neutral about the statement that you satisfy “A Believer has Experiential Knowledge of God” test of salvation?  Please record your answer at Indicator 5-C of your Personal Salvation Assessment in the Appendix.

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