[4] How do I know I am saved?


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How do I know I am saved?
Surely a Christian should KNOW that they are saved.

It is not good for them to doubt their salvation.
A Christian who is assured of their salvation will be a confident person in God’s Kingdom.

Cat in a cardboard box - safety, needing assurance. How do I know I am saved?
Cat – safety in a cardboard box

There are three forms of assurance:

a) Believing and applying the Word of God:

How do I know I am saved?
By reading, hearing, believing and applying the Word of God.

For example, a Christian reads verses like this:

Whoever believes in him is not condemned”

John 3:18

They then believe and apply this spiritual Truth to themselves, and that Truth fills them with an assurance of their salvation.

b) Applying certain Biblical tests to know that I am saved

How do I know I am saved? By applying certain Biblical tests.

For example, when we read in John’s first letter:

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.
Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.
This is how we know we are in him”

1 John 2:3-5

We should then ask ourselves this question relating to what John was teaching:
“Do we love God’s commands?”

How about this verse, again from John:

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness
They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.”

1 John 2:9-11

We should then ask ourselves this question:
“Do we love our fellow Christians?”

If we answer ‘yes’ to these questions and others in the Bible, then we have a greater assurance of salvation.

(See this article on Christian unity – united around Jesus’ teachings).

c) Receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit to know I am saved

How do I know I am saved? By receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit:

Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

This ‘sealing’ of the Spirit primarily gives assurance, because He guarantees our place in heaven.
The Holy Spirit fills us with an assurance of heaven.

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