gospel of matthew

Matthew 13:23; 2 Corinthians 13:5

How can we know if our faith is real?
The Bible provides a clear understanding of genuine saving faith-true faith produces good fruit. In His parable of the soils and the seed, the Lord Jesus taught that, while unbelievers are unfruitful, those who are saved would bear fruit. In this parable, three of four soils produced fruitless plants, vivid pictures of receptions of God’s Word that never resulted in salvation.

In contrast, fruit-bearing plants thrive in the good soil that pictures a redeemed heart. Jesus said, “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:23). All believers are fruitful, even though not equally fruitful.

The Bible also describes what good fruit looks like. The following chart lists the characteristics of genuine saving faith. In essence, it serves as a guide for spiritual fruit inspection (2 Corinthians 13:5). If you are unsure about the reality of your faith, please take the time to study this chart, taking care to read each of the accompanying Scripture passages.


Thank you to the The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust Web Site for making these available. All rights remain the property of The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust Web Site.

Here are nine sermons that Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached at the Pensacola Theological Institute in 1969, as part of his final visit to the USA.

These recordings were sent to us by John Schultz of Germantown, Tennessee (thanks again, John) and so we are making them available free of charge in MP3 format, having done what we can to enhance them.

The first was preached on Sunday morning, 17th August 1969, with Hurricane Camille threatening the area. Hence MLJ’s comment:-

“Now I shall condense as best I can, my exposition of this great statement!”



Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does NOT do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” Matthew 7:26 (emphasis added)

The house built on the sand symbolizes a spiritual life build on the foundation of human opinions, attitudes, and wills, which are ALWAYS shifting and unstable…Don’t be like the one who superficially and carelessly chooses a section of the world’s sand to build his hope on. Instead, be concerned about the depth of spiritual reward that comes with wisely considering and carefully choosing God’s solid foundation.

(originally published in “Truth for Today – A Daily Touch of God’s Grace” by John MacArthur)