Assurance of Salvation
by Dr. Ed Rowe
How do I know that I am saved?
Are you absolutely sure that when you die you will spend eternity with God? If not, it is time for you to be positively certain that you are saved and will always be saved. Let's talk about the eternal security of all who have confessed their sins and placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Don't be trapped by denominational philosophies or religious verbiage, but know what the Bible says about why you should have full assurance of the wonderful salvation that Jesus Christ purchased for you on the cross.
What is Assurance of Salvation?
Definition: It is confidence in the reality of the salvation provided by God himself through the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus Christ. See I John 5:10-13
Question: According to the above definition and scripture, how can you receive eternal life?
Will any of the following secure eternal life for you?
Good Water Paying Church Works Intentions Baptism Tithes Membership
If you are making one or more of the above your basis for salvation, then you don't really know what salvation is, and that is why you continue to doubt it.
You Must Decide
You must decide who Jesus is to you, and you must realize that He can only be one of the following:
Lord He is who He claims to be.
Liar He is not who He claims to be.
Lunatic He is mentally ill and confused about who He is.
To call Christ "Lord" means that He now rules and directs how you live your daily life, and He has first place over any other thought or activity. Read: Colossians 1:14-23.
Personal Question: Are you going to call Jesus Lord, liar, or a lunatic?
His name means Salvation - Matthew 1:21
His name produces Salvation - Romans 10:13
His name gives the right to Salvation - John 1:12-13
He has paid the price for your Salvation - John 3:16
His name determines Salvation - Philippians 2:11
Why is assurance of salvation important?
You'll live a much happier, more fruitful and useful life if you know that, no matter what happens, you are saved and you will spend eternity with God.
Question: If you were to die in your sleep tonight, please indicate honestly on a scale of 0-10 how certain are you that you would go to Heaven. Circle one of the following:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
If you cannot circle 10, then you need to get scriptural answers to the three basic questions of life:
1. Your Past - Where did you come from?
2. Your Present - Why are you here?
3. Your Future -Where are you going?
The Bible teaches very clearly that the marvelous salvation that Jesus has provided for you has past, present, and future benefits.
· Past: I trusted Christ to do for me what I could not do for myself; therefore I was saved from the penalty of sin. Read: Acts 20:32, I Corinthians 1:2, 2 Corinthians 5:21, and I Peter 3:18.
· Present: I am trusting Christ to do for me what I cannot do for myself; therefore I am being saved from the power of sin. Read: John 17:17, Ephesians 5:26, and Titus 3:5.
· Future: I will trust Christ to do for me what I cannot do for myself; therefore one day I will be saved totally from the presence of sin. Read: John 14:1-3, I Corinthians 15:51-58, and I Thessalonians 4:13-18,
Your "Assurance Policy"
How do you handle doubts about assurance of salvation?
Answer this question: How did God save me?
Read: Colossians 1:13
What three main words does Paul use to describe how God saved you?
What is the meaning of "delivered"? Answer: To draw someone out of danger from force and violence.
What is the meaning of "translated"? Answer: To change the place of a person by giving that person a new place to stand.
What is the meaning of "darkness"? Answer: The realm where Satan operates to keep people in bondage.
Explanation: When Jesus died on the cross He literally snatched you out of Satan's realm and placed you into the body of Christ, and you can never be taken away from God. This process is called redemption. Read: Ephesians 1:7, I Corinthians 6:20, Galatians 3:13, and I Peter 3.:18 and John 10:27-30.
Why would God save you?
In the wonderful plan of God for your salvation, when Jesus died on the cross the penalty for your sins was paid in full, and when He conquered hell, death and the grave you were a conqueror as well. Read: Ephesians 2:1-10
Your salvation gives God the opportunity ...
To show you your need
To show you his love
To show you his grace
To show you his workmanship
Feed your mind God's truth about salvation.
The only way to fight a lie is with God's truth. When you are attacked by one of Satan's lies concerning salvation, counteract and nullify that lie with the truth.
When you feel lost and apart from God, read: John 10:27-30, Romans 8:16, 38-39, II Corinthians 5:8, and I John 5:11-15
When you feel condemned by people, read: John 3:16-18, Romans 8:1, and I John 4:18.
When you feel responsible for your own salvation, read: Psalm 138:8, Phil 1:6, 2:13, and II Thessalonians 3:3.
When you feel sinful and very unworthy of God's love, read: Romans 3:23-24, I Corinthians 1:30,6:11, and II Corinthians 5:2.
Suggestion: When you are pestered by any of the above negative and self-destructive feelings, meditate on the Scriptures that provide God's answer to the feeling you are experiencing.
There is nothing wrong with questioning, but there is everything wrong with not seeking the answer that God has provided.
About the Author
Graduate of Gordon College and Dallas Theological Seminary. Author of new book titled "The Stranger of Galilee - Despised and rejected by mankind, yet he blessed history for all time."
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