assurance of salvation

How can I know I am saved?

We can know for sure that we are saved.  Jesus promised it. The Holy Spirit testifies about it. God’s word affirms it if you received and trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

  • If you believed (trusted) Jesus Christ and have been born again John 3:3, you have eternal life. John 3:16
  • Jesus promised that we became children of God when we received Him. John 1:12
  • The Holy Spirit assures us that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16
  • We crossed over from death to life when we believed Jesus as our Savior. John5:24
  • The Bible affirms that we have life when we have the Son of God (Jesus Christ). 1 John5:11-13
  • Our salvation does not depend on our ability to follow God but on God’s ability to keep us from falling Jude 24 and complete what God has started in us.  Philippians 1:6.

Does it need a “special feeling” or emotion to be sure about it? No, the basis of our assurance is the promise of God in His word and the testimony of the Holy Spirit in us, not our emotion. Our emotion, which changes depending on circumstances, is not a reliable gauge of our assurance of salvation. If one sincerely received Christ and trusted Him as Savior and Lord, regardless of emotional state, is saved.
Am I still saved after falling into sin? God word declares that “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth 1 John 1:6. Also, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”1 John 1:8-9. The first passage tells us that a person is not saved, in the first place, if he deliberately lives in sin. He is not a true believer. A person who genuinely received Jesus Christ does not continue in sin. But the next passage teaches us that we cannot claim to be sinless even if we are saved. Yes, Christians also make mistakes and, sometimes, commit grievous sin but because he has a seal of redemption which is the Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13-14 which he received at the moment he received Christ, he is still saved. Nothing and no one could take us away from our Savior John 10:28-30. When we sin, God is not happy and we need to confess our sins (to God) to receive forgiveness and cleansing of our unrighteousness.
I backslid, do I need to received Christ again to be saved (again)? No. You do not need to receive Christ again to be “saved again”. There is no such thing as “saved again”. If a person received Christ, then he was born again, became a child of God and therefore saved eternally John 3:15-16. If he backslides, he will lose the joy of God’s salvation but not the salvation itself. He would lose the joy of Christian fellowship and the intimacy of his relationship with the Lord. His faith could become weak and his lifestyle could become like of those who do not know Christ. The Holy Spirit is grieved when a child of God lives this way but will continue to convict the backslider until he returns to God. The parable of the prodigal son Luke 15:11-24 is good biblical lesson that teaches that our God waits for the backsliding child to awaken, confess his sins and return.  God welcomes that child back to Himself.
Is the assurance my license to do anything I want (including sinning), since I will not lose my salvation? The assurance of salvation is not a license to sin. Rather, it is a great motivation to be like Jesus Christ in His character and righteousness. No true Christian will use his salvation to justify unrighteous and immoral life. Romans 6:1 1John 3:7-9.

Carry your cross

Our Daily Cross

by Rei Eusebio
The words of Christ reverberated in my heart as I meditated on the cross today. “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven” Matthew 10:32:33. In this life, one could either be for Christ or against Christ. There is no in-between. The people in the time of Jesus’s earthly life observed him, shared the food and heard His teachings. Some of them were healed of their sicknesses. Others saw miraculous works. They followed him until Jesus began talking about “carrying your own cross”, “denying yourself” and many hard sayings. Many of his “followers” dropped out. They decided that committing to God, as Jesus explained it, was not what they really liked. Yet there were others who in spite of the cost, continued to follow Jesus. The issue was not survival of the fittest, otherwise, none of them would last. It was, and still is, about taking by faith the words of Christ as true and reliable Word of God and fully entrusting to him our dear life. 

There is no greater privilege than being children of God through Jesus Christ. In any situation,  we can confess Christ by our action, attitude and words. Even when our life is threatened, it is not futile to remain faithful to Jesus Christ.

Carry your cross

Image courtesy of Salvation Army USA

It became clear to the next generation of Christ followers that part of being a Christian is being ready to suffer or, at best, die for him.  The reality is that we will always encounter opposition simply because we follow Christ. Paul said, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have” Philippians 1:29-30. History affirms this fact. Oppositions come in different forms, shapes and sizes. The systematic and gruesome killings of many Christians in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Africa and many other places by Islamic terrorists are deplorable and shocking but not surprising. It is, also, not surprising we are being insulted, persecuted, marginalized in the society and made a laughingstock because of our identification with Christ. Not that we cannot  and must not defend ourselves (I maintain the right to self-defense when necessary) nor we are spineless but the best defense is to do good works. Jesus said, “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” Luke 6:27-28 ESV. For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” Hebrews 10:30 ESV.
To be honest about it, it is a great challenge to be a Christ follower in an unfriendly territory but our hope and assurance outweigh the circumstances. There is no greater privilege than being children of God through Jesus Christ. In any situation,  we can confess Christ by our action, attitude and words. Even when our life is threatened, it is not futile to remain faithful to Jesus Christ. By doing so, we can rest assured that he will confess us before our Father in heaven.