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Assurance of Salvation
Assurance of Salvation
While I am not able to tell any specific individual that he has eternal security, I can tell him that it exists. For most people it becomes a question of how they can have assurance that they themselves are saved. I usually try to provide the following as sources of assurance.
1. We can have assurance from Godís word.
1 John 5:13 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.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
2. We can have assurance because of the love we have for other Christians.
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
3. We can have assurance because we see truth in the bible.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
4. We can have assurance from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
2 Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
5. We can have assurance because we are alien to the world.
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
1 John 4:3-5 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6. We can have assurance because we resonate with truth.
1 John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
So many Christians have been spiritually crippled by exposure to their denominational traditions, bad and false teaching, legalistic practices, and by trying to practice Christianity in the flesh. Satan has accomplished much in getting Christians to try to make Christianity like the other religions (you do something to get something). Christianity is supposed to be different. We are supposed to humbly trust in the work Jesus has done and surrender ourselves to the leading of his Spirit.
Too many Christians fret over if they have done enough or are good enough that they seem to have the same anxiety of a jihadist who wonders if he has killed enough. God is not impressed with our accomplishments, he desires our trust (faith). Jesus has already done more than we could ever imagine.
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