The question of are you sure you are saved is one often discussed and pondered. Many are sure they are saved, but are mistaken. While many aren’t sure they are saved, they just think so or hope so. In this article I would like to point out that we can be sure we are saved, regardless of what someone may say. We can be sure that we have salvation from past sins. We can be sure that our salvation is maintained on a daily basis. We can know that we have salvation in heaven following the judgment.

SOME UNRELIABLE WAYS OF ASSURANCE – The following lead to some thinking they are sure of their salvation, but are mistaken as such assurance does not come from such things.

Not by feelings – Acts 23:1; 26:9

Not a mere assumption – Proverbs 16:25

Not by an assurance of a preacher or priest – Romans 16:18; Matthew 7:15; 2 Corinthians 11:13; Ephesians 4:14

Not by assurance of parents. If our parents have been deceived, they will pass their deception on to us.

Not by doing what the majority does – Matthew 7:13, 14.

Not by the approval of our fellow men – John 5:44.

GOD’S MEANS OF ASSURANCE – It is only by the inspired writings that we can we know of our spiritual condition (John 8:31, 32; 1 John 5:13). How can we know we have salvation from past sins? The Holy Spirit has given His testimony in the Word (Romans 8:1, 16). Further, our spirits testify that we have done those things. Thus, the two agree or witness together that we are children of God! What has the Holy Spirit revealed?

Jesus’ promise – Mark 16:16

How to get into Christ where salvation is – Galatians 3:26, 27

The blood of Christ washes away our sins – Revelation 1:5  (Acts 22:16 and Acts 2:38 show at what point we contact the blood, when our sins are washed away or we obtain  remission of them. Jesus shed His blood in His death – John 19:34).

When we are baptized, we are baptized into His death (Romans 6:3, 4) thus, we contact, or receive the benefits of the blood when we are baptized.

We can know we have salvation from past sins if we have done exactly as the Spirit revealed in the gospel plan of salvation. Because of this, it behooves us to know exactly what the steps are, and make sure we have complied with them.

One can make himself sure by being obedient – Hebrews 5:9.

How can Christians be sure of their salvation from day to day?

We must daily comply with that which results in our “walking in the light” – 1 John 1:6-2:5.

We must have a genuine love for the truth. Without Bible authority there is no assurance of salvation – 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 11.

We must give diligence to make our calling and election sure – 2 Peter 1:5-11.

We must continually strive to keep God’s commandments – 1 John 2:3-6; 3:9; 5:18, 19.

When we continue to rely on God, He provides a way of escape if we will accept it (1 Corinthians 10:13). Because of this, the truth is, there is no uncertainty with God, but within each of us there may be a degree of uncertainty from time to time. God has granted us a system of grace (Romans 4:1-8) since a system of works alone will not justify. When we live up to God’s standard, our faith will be counted for righteousness in conjunction with our works.

Are you sure you are saved?  We can know by the things we have just seen.

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