July 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
1 John 5:13, “I write these things to YOU who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life. The Bible tells us how we can know that we are saved. You cannot know that you are saved from what you have done, not because you came forward or was baptized or go to church, because good deeds can not earn us a trip to heaven. You cannot know that you are saved from what you have not done in Luke 18:11 we see the parable of the Pharisee praying where he thanks God because he is not like other men, the robbers, evildoers and adulterers. He thought because had not committed outward sins that they were right with God, but avoiding bad things won’t get us to heaven because the Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
The Bible points us to three things we can look at for assurance of salvation. The first thing we can look at are the promises of God, John 5:24, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over-from death to life.” And John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” The only way to heaven is to trust in Jesus Christ and the salvation he freely offers. All who trust in Jesus will be saved and will receive eternal life. The Bible also gives us guidance so that we can discern if we’ve truly trusted Christ in our life. One of these proper foundations for assurance is the inner witness of the Holy Spirit, in Romans 8:16 the Bible says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” This subjective witness must be based on the objective promise of God.
The final foundation for assurance is outward evidence of a changed life. There are tests from I John that you can ask yourself. Do you enjoy worshipping God?
1 John 1:3 says, “Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.” Do you have an awareness of your sin? 1 John 1:8 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Do you seek to be obedient to the Word of God? 1 John 2:3 says, “We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” Do you love other Christians and want to be with them? 1 John 3:14 says, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers.” Do you display the fruit of the Spirit? 1 John 4:13 says, “We know that we live in Him and He is in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.”
Avoid the danger of presumption, the danger of unreasonable self condemnation, and the danger of knowing you are not forgiven, but thinking you have all the time in the world. List the reasons for your doubt and pray and meditate on them. Finally, reflect on 1 John 5:11-12 which says, “God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”