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CAN we know for sure that our sins are forgiven and that we are really saved? We know about sin, and we know that all are sinners and need to be saved. We also know that Jesus, God’s Son, died in our place, so that we can be saved from our sins by trusting in Him.
Perhaps you doubt that you are really saved, even though you have sincerely asked Jesus to come into your heart. I had these doubts, and many people have them; but let me tell you now that you can know for sure that you are saved. You do not need to have any doubts about your salvation, for the Bible plainly teaches that we can know that we are saved and on our way to heaven. Paul was a “know-so” Christian, for he said, “I know whom I have believed.” II Timothy 1:12.
Do you know whether or not you are alive today? “Why, of course I’m alive,” you say. “What a strange question to ask!” But it is just as strange to doubt that you are alive spiritually. You can know just as surely that you are alive spiritually as you can know that you are alive physically. We are anxious to help you receive this assurance, for it brings the real joy of salvation. So much in the Christian life depends upon whether or not you know that you are saved. We really feel sorry for anyone who lacks the assurance of his salvation. Since this is such an important lesson to learn, why not bow your head right now, before you read any further, and ask God to help you understand this wonderful truth? Ask the Holy Spirit, who wrote the Bible, to teach you and help you to know for sure that you are saved and that you are one of God’s children.
There are three ways of knowing that we are saved:
1. WORD (BIBLE)
The Bible plainly tells us that we can know: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” I John 5:13. In another book, John, the disciple of the Lord Jesus, tells those who have already believed in Jesus that they can know that they are saved, according to what he has written: “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.” John 20:31.
Some people have a wonderful feeling when they are saved, but that does not prove that everyone will have the same feeling. Salvation does not depend upon feeling but upon God’s Word. If the Bible tells me that I am saved, I can rest upon that and have assurance, whether I have feelings or not.
(Rom. 8:16; I John 3:24; 4:13; 5:10) The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, comes to live in our hearts when we are saved, and He tells us that we are God’s children. In other words, He tells us in our hearts that we are really saved. He will take away your doubts if you will yield to Him and ask Him to give you assurance.
(Eph. 2:10; John 15:16) If you are saved, you are a new creature in Jesus (II Cor. 5:17). You should hate what you used to love and love what you used to hate.
Those who are saved will have love for others (I John 2:9-12; 3:14,15; 4:7,8; 4:12). If you do not have this love, you may question whether or not you are really saved. Those who are saved will learn to obey the Lord Jesus and keep His commandments (I John 2:3-6).
Those who are saved will stop loving the world (I John 2:15-17). This means the pleasures and attractions of the world, the harmful and sinful things which unsaved people like.
Those who are saved will live in a way that pleases God (I John 2:29). They will have a desire for things that have to do with the Lord Jesus and His work.
Doubting that God will save us and keep us when we obey His Word and accept Jesus as our Saviour would be the same as saying that God is a liar. If He says that He will give us everlasting life when we repent of our sins, forsake them, hear, and believe, He must keep His Word or be untrue. It is impossible for God to lie, so we can know that He saves us when we meet His conditions. (Read I John 5:12; John 1:12; 5:24; Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 16:31; John 3:18; 3:36; 6:37; Rev. 3:20.)
If you have repented of your sin, forsaken it and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you are a Christian. Nothing can take this away from you. He will keep you and make you a bright and shining light for Him and lost Souls!