Am I saved? This is a question that many wrestle with over the course of their lives. Is this struggle and uncertainty what God desires for His children? We often hear the statement encouraging us to, "examine our salvation to see if you are saved." What does that mean? How do I do it? What does the Bible have to say about assurance of salvation? The information below will hopefully begin to answer these questions for you so that you can find rest in the salvation God has so graciously provided in Jesus.
Does God want us to have assurance?
The answer to this question is a resounding YES! In fact, the power and courage needed to live the Christian life in the midst of a lost and sinful culture is founded upon our assurance of God's love for us, not His threat of punishment. We find our assurance of God's love in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, God has provided ways we can know we are saved.
"Whoever has the Son has life; whoever 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." 1 John 5:12-13
Where does assurance come from?
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
Our assurance of salvation is not found in our abilities or the things we have done. In the same way that God has saved us by His grace and mercy, we are kept by His grace and mercy, not in our ability to perform or maintain our salvation. He has provided the way for us to be restored, and He is the only one that is powerful enough to keep our salvation in tact.
What is Belief and Repentance?
In Mark 1:15, Jesus addressed the crowds in this way, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." Jesus calls us to repent and believe in the gospel. The two things that grant us salvation are the same two things that give us assurance. Salvation and assurance involve much more than mental assent to the facts about Jesus Christ. In fact, James 2:19 says "the demons believe and tremble," but certainly they are not saved. So the type of belief that saves us and gives us assurance also involves our choice to repent and surrender.
"I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I an the Father are one." John 10:28-30
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