The Assurance of Salvation
Am I really saved? Despite all I’ve done in my past, am I going to become a new person just like that? So all my sins are forgiven simply by believing and receiving Christ as my Lord and Savior? What about this thing I said yesterday or that thing I did the other day? How can I know for sure that I’m saved?
TSV family! These seeds of doubt come from the one described as the accuser of our brethren in Revelation 12:10–Satan, the enemy of our souls.
Christ, our risen Lord, and Savior, warned us about him in the first part of John 10:10 “the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” and in John 8:44, he revealed more of his character to us when He described him as, “a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
These subtle attacks on the gift of eternal life target both old and new believers because the enemy of our souls knows that if he can get us to doubt the perfect and finished work of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, then we don’t walk in the full authority of the Cross, we doubt the power of healing, reject our Spiritual gifts, and possibly was away from the faith.
So how can we be sure that Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, and Savior, paid our sin debt in full?
TSV family! Grab your Bibles, open up your journals and let’s feast on the Verity that is the Word of God.
- What does it mean to have an assurance of salvation? — 10:33
- Why might some followers of Jesus Christ doubt/lack this assurance, and how can they stay reassured of their salvation?— 38:02
- How do you know that you have eternal life?— 51:54
Clear and simple: God said it! Christ did it! Holy Spirit confirms it!
In 2 Timothy 3:16, we find this Verity: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (Emphasis added.)
Since the Bible is the Living Word of God, let’s get some Verity concerning the assurance of our salvation:
John 6 v 37-40, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6 v 37-40, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
Ephesians 1 v 13 14, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
Romans 8 v 16 – 17, “ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
TSV family! When we immerse ourselves in the Truth that is the Word of God and maintain a deep intimacy with His indwelling Spirit, we go from just believing to knowing. The next time the enemy tries to get you to waiver, point him to the Scripture as Christ did in the wilderness; “It is written.”
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”
1 John 5 v 11-13 (Emphasis added)
All His blessings!
If you are reading this but don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ and feel led to accept Him as your Lord and Savior, we invite you to do so, today.