- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Sin and Salvation
- Published on Friday, 16 April 2010 13:25
The subject of knowing if one is saved or not is probably the most important issue in the Christian life.
The assurance of salvation only comes from the Word of God. Your feelings will change. Your pastor can lie. Your life will not always be an example of perfect Christian living. The scripture, however, cannot be broken and will never pass away.
A common feature of many stories of salvation is that a person has a moment in life, when a particular verse or truth based on the teaching of a verse is the only ground on which that person stands. If you know that Christ died for your sins on the cross, what is it that tells you that truth? It's the scripture - the Word of God.
The God who cannot lie is the God who wrote the Bible. Through his word, you can be assured that if God says something, you can trust it.
Some assurances from the scripture include:
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. - John 5:24
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. - 1 John 5:11
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, - John 1:11-12
There is a book online called "Here is the difference " by William McDonald that may help answer some of your doubts. There are other doctrines such as forgiveness for the believer and salvation from the habits of sin that are relevant to your question.
Also, read the book Safety Certainty and Enjoyment to answer similar questions.