Updated: Aug 24, 2022
As a Christian, you have probably wondered a time or two about your salvation and if you are really saved. We have read scripture where Christ said that there will be many saying “but Lord, did we not...” and he will call them workers of lawlessness and say that he never knew them. There is another scripture where Christ says to struggle to enter in because the gate is straight and narrow, and there will be few who find it.
There are many scriptures that warn of the dangers of not watching for Christ's return, not keeping the light burning in your lamp, not keeping the commandments, and many the like.
Are there scriptures that can guide us and assure us of our salvation? Follow me through scripture as we see what God's word has to say.
I DON'T FEEL SAVED
Some people say that they feel like God has abandoned them, because He is silent and they cannot feel His presence as strongly as they did in the beginning. You need to keep in mind that nearly every believer goes through these periods. You are not alone, this is one trial that most of us have faced at one time or another. Your feelings are not an indicator on whether or not you are saved.
1 John 5:13, “These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
It does not say that we who believe on the name of the Son of God should hope or wonder that maybe we will have eternal life, it says that we know.. It is of a certainty, not a maybe. Through having a relationship with Christ, we can say that we truly know him.
1 John 2:4 says that those who say that they know him and yet, they do not keep his commandments, they are a liar and the truth is not in them.
We know Christ by keeping the commandments given by him and the Father. Which is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind; to love one another as Christ has loved us, and to stay away from the sins of the flesh.
John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on Him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life.”
A NEW BIRTH
John 3:3-5, we must be born again of the water and of the Spirit.
When you are re-birthed, you are a different person. Your character and desires change. You have the Holy Spirit living inside you and the fruits of the Spirit shine forth.
Galatians 5:22-24, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”
If you walk in the Spirit then you are not willfully continuing in the deeds/works of the flesh. When you do slip up and sin, you feel guilty because you know that you missed the mark. Its a conviction that you never got before you were saved. You daily strive to live a sinless life, constantly examining yourselves for error, and immediately repent when you you find sin. Whether it be a thought, deed, or slip of the tongue. (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Hebrews 10:26, “For if we willfully sin after we have received knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins.”
Basically, this is saying that if you willfully sin, then you are not really saved and the unsaved have no sacrifice for their sins. We must accept Christ as our savior and the work done at the cross; we then must turn from sin. Not just lay down your sin to come back to it later, but put it down and walk away from it. Each day, we should find ourselves further away from our sins, not walking beside them.
We see in Luke 15:10, how when one sinner repents, that there is a celebration in heaven. Christ then goes on in that chapter to tell us of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-31, one who had taken his inheritance early and left home to squander it away on a sinful lifestyle. When all is spent, he returns home, hoping to at least be a servant but instead, when his father seen him from afar off, he called his men and ordered a celebration.
God wants all to come to Him and to wholeheartedly accept His offer of mercy and grace with a truly repentant heart, and a willingness to turn from their sins and to serve Him.
Lets go back to the beginning of 1 John 2:1-2, “My little children, these things I write to you that you sin not. And if any man sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: And not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.”
When and if we should slip up, after we are saved, we have an advocate with God, who is our savior Christ.
THROUGH CHRIST ALONE
In this present and evil age, where wolves are plenty and the blind are leading the blind, there are teachings of other Christs and false teachings of who the God of the Bible is. We have heard that you can get to heaven in many different ways. Be it through nature, the way of Buddha, or some other false deity. But scripture is clear that it is through Christ alone.
John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me.”
Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
We are saved through Christ alone and only through the Christ taught in scriptures. Again, as I have stated many times in the past, this is why it is so important for you to read the scriptures for yourselves.
Remember that even the demons believe that Christ exist. Your faith in the finished work of the cross must show forth in your actions and in your words. When you fully place your trust in his name with faith, there is a change that is evident within you. That is the type of belief that you must have on the name of Jesus Christ.
When works of the faith are brought up, the deceived will often bring up Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” But there is a big difference in doing a deed to earn salvation and doing good deeds to show the fruit of the salvation that you have.
When scripture speaks about doing works once you are saved, it is because your works are the fruit of your faith in Christ. Your actions and words become a light to the world to show them that you belong to God. Christ washed the feet of his disciples, not to earn anything from them or from God but to show his fruits. He was a humble servant, a example of how we should be.
We see this clearly in the following passages:
James 2:14-17, “What does it profit, my brethren, though a man says that he has faith, and have not the works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, depart in peace, be you warmed and filled; notwithstanding that you do not give them the things that are needful to the body, what does it profit? Even so faith, if it does not have works is dead, being alone.”
As I stated, you cannot say that you believe and follow God but act like you belong to the world. Your fruit shows who you belong to; and fruit is manifested in deeds/works.
Matthew 5:20, "For I say to you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter the kingdom of heaven." We know from scripture that Christ was always calling out the religious leaders of that day for being hypocrites.
1 John 3:8-10, “He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil; whosoever does not righteousness is not of God, neither is he that does not love his brother.”
We have seen in scripture that it is possible to know for certain that we are saved. Being saved is not a feeling, our feelings and emotions can be deceptive. That is where our faith comes in.
Do you have a relationship with Christ?
Do you believe in Christ alone, as the only way?
Do you love God with all your hearts, soul, and mind; and love others as Christ has loved you?
Do you have a strong moral compass leading and guiding you, a strong desire inside you to do what is right? Do you feel conviction when you miss the mark on God's expectation of what he has commanded of you?
Do you show forth the fruits of the Spirit? Have you forgiven all who have wronged you? Have you been baptized and reborn with water?
Have you turned from your sins and desperately trying to overcome sinful habits? When you try to overcome, then those habits should become less and less frequent as weeks and months go on. Till you wake to find that you are free from them.
Are you consistently examining yourselves to make certain you are walking the path of the straight and narrow?
What I am asking is have you been changed and transformed by the living word of God? So much so that your desires, habits, character, attitude, and the company you keep has changed?
This does not mean that you will not have desires of the flesh from time to time. It is normal for Christians to experience temptations that are outside of the will of God, this is the attack of the enemy, a trial to test you. The flesh and the spirit are constantly at war. This is why we must remain in his word and in prayer, and fasting.
If you need to accept Christ, we are told in Romans 10:9, “If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart, man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.”