Assurance in Salvation

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Watering the Tulips

04/11/2012

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” - 1 John 5:13

In such an insecure world, how can we find assurance of salvation? Without doubt, many believers are often plagued by doubts surrounding their salvation. The Bible has much to say concerning this subject. But specifically, there is much right here in this book. John (inspired by the Holy Spirit) tells us that these things are written to give assurance – “that you may know that you have eternal life”.
First of all, this is written to believers in Jesus. The believer alone is proclaimed to be saved by the grace of God (1 John 5:1). The promise of eternal life is to the believer (John 3:16). The unbeliever is said to be condemned “because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Even when we were in an unbelieving state, we are said to have been “by nature children of wrath, just as the others” (Ephesians 2:3). The unbeliever is without “hope and without God in the world”. Assurance of salvation can only be found in the one that is truly saved – that is, the one that is trusting Christ alone for salvation (1 John 5:4-5).
Another way to be sure of your salvation is your attitude towards the people of God. “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death” (1 John 3:14). If you don’t have love for God’s people, that is a good indication that you are not part of God’s family. If you are saved by the grace of God, you will certainly love the people of God and you will love gathering together with them to worship.
The constant leadership of the Holy Spirit in our lives is an indication that we are saved. “By this we know that we abide him Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit” (1 John 4:13). Believers are constantly feeling the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Even the Apostle Paul felt this battle within himself (Romans 7:21-23). The lost have no such struggle. The unbeliever is at enmity with God (Romans 8:7) and does not understand the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14). The lost live life with a worldview that is humanistic and sinful. Only those who are indwelled by the Spirit of God have the battle within themselves as proof that they know the Lord.
Child of God, the best remedy for your doubts is to develop a closer relationship with God. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). The closer you are to the Lord, the fewer times of doubts and fear you will have. Certainly, if you doubt, a closer walk with Jesus will solve that. Meditate on the things here. But most of all, answer this question – “What do you think about the Christ?” (Matthew 22:42).


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