“How can I have assurance of my salvation?”How can you know for sure if you are saved? Consider
1 John 5:11-13And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.ConclusionI have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
Who is it that has the Son? It is those who have believed in Him and accepted Him John 1:12But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.If you have Jesus, you have life. Not temporary life, but eternal.God wants us to have assurance of our salvation. We cannot live our Christian lives wondering and worrying each day whether or not we are truly saved. That is why the Bible makes the plan of salvation so clear. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”
Do you believe that Jesus is the Savior, that He died to pay the penalty for your sins ?
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[a] so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Are you trusting Him alone for salvation?
If your answer is yes, you are saved!
Assurance means “having been put beyond all doubt.” By taking God’s Word to heart, you can “put beyond all doubt” the fact and reality of your eternal salvation.Jesus Himself affirms this regarding those who have believed in Him:
“I I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.” (Other manuscripts read for what my Father has given me is more powerful than anything; still others read for regarding that which my Father has given me, he is greater than all.)
Eternal life is just that—eternal. There is no one, not even yourself, who can take Christ’s God-given gift of salvation away from you.We hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we do not sin against Him and this includes the sin of doubt.
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Take joy in what God’s Word is saying to you, that instead of doubting we can live with confidence! We can have the assurance from Christ’s own Word that our salvation will never be in question. Our assurance is based on God’s love for us through Jesus Christ.
There are two important tests in Scripture for a person to determine whether or not he or she is a true believer.
Firstask yourself (Objectively)“Do I believe?”Ask yourself if you affirm the Scripture’s record of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Do you believe that He is God manifest in the flesh? Do you believe that God saves sinners solely through the merits of Jesus Christ’s obedient life and substitutionary death on the cross?
Secondask yourself (Subjectively, based on experience) “Is my faith real?”The apostle John’s purpose in writing the epistle of 1 John was to give true believers assurance of their salvation .1 John 5:13I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. In that small epistle John gives several marks to distinguish a true believer.
True believers walk in the light1 John 1:6-7So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.The light here means both intellectual and moral truth. Ask, “Do I affirm the truths of Scripture, and desire to obey them?”
True believers confess their sin1 John 1:8-2:1If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts……….My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.Confess here doesn’t mean to recite every wrong that we have ever done. Rather, it means to agree with God about our sin. That means that true believers hate their sin; they don’t love it. They acknowledge they are sinful, and yet they know they are forgiven.
True believers keep His commandments1 John 2:3-4And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.1 John 5:2-3We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments.Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.The term here refers to a watchful, observant obedience. Here the believer desires to obey truths he deems precious. It involves a proactive approach to obedience-the Christian studies Scripture in order to understand and obey it.
True believers loves their Christian brother1 John 2:9-11If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister (Greek hates his brother),that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. But anyone who hates another brother or sister is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.1 John 3:10So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers (Greek does not love his brother) does not belong to God1 John 14-15If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead.Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.1 John 5:2We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments.Ask yourself the question, “Do I love God’s people and desire to be around them?”
True believers affirm sound doctrine1 John 2:20-23But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth.So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies.And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ.(Greek not the Messiah.) Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist..(Greek the antichrist) Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.1 John 4:2,6This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God……..But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.John here teaches that no true believer will fall into any serious, Christ-denying error or heresy.
True believers follow after holiness1 John 2:29Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children.1 John 3:3-4And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God..1 John 3:6-9Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is. Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life (Greek because his seed) is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.These verses certainly aren’t talking about sinless perfection, or even the frequency or duration of sin. The term sin in these verses describes one who lives an immoral, ungodly, unrighteous life as a matter of continual practice, and carries the attitude of hardened hate for God’s righteousness.
True believers have the Holy Spirit1 John 4:13And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.1 John 5:10-11All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son
This is an over-arching test summing up all the others. Is there evidence that the fruit of the Spirit is present in your life Galatians 5:22-23But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
One’s assurance of salvation does not need to be based on a past decision or an experience no it should rest on. 1. One’s faith in the objective truth of God’s Word, Jesus Christ, and the gospel.
2. It should rest on the reality of a changed life marked by obedience, a love for Christ and His righteousness, and a hatred for sin.
Take heart if these things are true in your life, and trust God to continue to work out His salvation in your life.