Are you saved?

Two Ways to Know You Are Saved

There a lot of question from Christians

How can I know for sure that I saved. I struggled with the question a lot myself until someone pointed me to passage from 1 John that helped open my eyes. In 1 John 5:13

18, John identifies two ways that we can be sure of our salvation.

1. We have placed our hopes for heaven entirely on Jesus. (1 John 5:13)

I write these things to you, John says who believe in the name of the Son of

God. Its so simple that were liable to miss it, but assurance comes from

believing in Jesus. This is the gospel: when we trust in his name, we

cease striving to earn heaven by drawing upon our own moral bank account;

instead, we withdraw on his righteous account in our place. The gospel, by its very nature, produces assurance. Because the gospel proclaims Jesus in my place,

my assurance does not depend on how well or how much I have done. It depends on whether or not I rest in his finished work. So the question is not,

Can I remember praying a prayer? or Was my conversion experience really emotional? The important question is, Are you currently resting on Jesus as the payment for your sin?

A lot of Christians get caught up looking for assurance to a prayer the prayed 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years, or even 25 years ago. But John does not say, I write these things to you who prayed the sinner’s prayer. He writes to those who believe. The point is not the prayer you prayed, but the present posture your heart is in.

2. You have a new nature. (Vv. 16)

If you have been born of God you have been given a new nature.

And that comes with new desires. So you do not keep on sinning, as John writes,

because you have new desires. As an earthy way to think about this, you

might imagine some vomit on the ground. None of us would require a list of

rules keeping us from eating it. Why? Because we find it disgusting. Now, a

pig has a totally different nature, with different desires. A pig would find that

vomit as appetizing as we find it disgusting. This is how God changes us: not by browbeating us with rules, but by giving us a new heart. You no longer love dishonesty and hatefulness and immorality like you used to. You do not avoid them because of threats from God, but because these things start to make you sick. Of course, this does not mean that you become immediately perfect or that you no longer struggle with sin. But you stop engaging in sin wilfully and defiantly. You cannot love God and love the things that grieve him. You cannot have a mouth that sings praise to Jesus with a life that openly crucifies him. It is not your mouth that best reflects your love for God; it is your life. And when you do start to go back toward your sin—which we all do!

—Jesus protects you and renews you (v. 18). In fact, one of the signs that your salvation is genuine is that even though you fall, you never permanently fall away. God brings you back, again and again. As Proverbs says, The righteous man falls seven times, and rises again  (Prov 24:16). Your new nature is not demonstrated by never falling, but by what you do when you fall. Salvation does not mean sinless perfection, but it does mean a new direction.

Are you saved?

The Bible says “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!” 2 Corinthians 13:5. Well, are you in the faith? Have you examined yourself? It is easy to ask andsometimes difficult to answer.

The Christian faith is as follows. There is one God in all existence who is eternally existent from the past through to the future. God is a Trinity of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 2 Corinthians 13:14; they are not three Gods, but one God Isaiah 44:6-8. Jesus is the Word who was God and was with God that became flesh John 1:1, 14; and was made under the Law Galatians 4:4. Because we are sinners Romans 3:23, who have broken God’s law James 2:11, and because we cannot be saved in anyway by our own works Romans 4:1-5, Jesus bore our sins in His body on the cross 1Peter 2:24, died, was buried, and rose again on the

third day 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, in the same body He died in John 2:19-21, so that as many as receive Christ John 1:12 are justified by faith Romans 5:1 and escape the righteous wrath of God Romans 5:9.

  

What a lot of people fail to realize is that Jesus is not saving us from sin. Jesus is saving us from God! You see, when a person breaks the Law of God, there is a punishment that must be carried out upon that person. God is the one who carries out that punishment. This punishment is eternal because God is eternally holy and righteous. Our sins against God take on an infinite quality not because of who we

are, but because of who God is because we have offended an eternal and infinite God. Therefore, the sinner incurs an eternal and infinite offense against God. This means there is absolutely no way that a finite, sinful creature can undo the offense against an infinitely pure Being. This is why we need Jesus who is God in flesh. This means that His sacrifice has eternal and infinite value and it is infinitely sufficient to save us from our sins. Therefore, this means that it is only through Jesus that we can be saved and not by our own efforts in any way. It is God who damns. It is God who judges. Sin does not send people to hell. God does. Of course, this is not a popular or “feel-good” notion that God is the one who is righteously judging the sinner and righteously condemning him to eternal hell. But, that is the truth. Yet, thanks be to God that because He loves us, He sent His son to save us from our sins so that we might escape the righteous judgment of God.

God is not some eternal ogre waiting to spit His wrath upon the weak and helpless. Not at all. He is loving and good and gracious and He  desires that all be saved. He offers the sacrifice of His Son as the loving and gracious means by which we may be saved. It is a miraculous and wondrous act of love. Now, what about you? Have you completely trusted in Jesus and in nothing else for the forgiveness of your sins? Have you received Christ? Are you relying on Jesus and Him alone for your righteousness, for your safety, your forgiveness, or are you putting even the smallest bit of your works before God as part of the reason you are to be saved? If you are relying in any way on your efforts, then you are in great danger of damnation, if you’re saved at all. Righteousness before God does not come by your efforts, but through the sacrifice of Christ; otherwise, Jesus died needlessly Galatians 2:21.

If you could get to heaven by being good, then there was no need for Jesus to die for sins.

You are to examine yourself, to test yourself to see if you are in the faith. This means that you must first know what the Christian faith is and what it means that to enter into that faith. Furthermore, you must know and acknowledge that there is only one God in all existence, that Jesus is God in flesh, that you are a sinner, that

you need to repent of your sins, and that the only way to find forgiveness is to trust in Jesus alone, by faith alone, through grace alone. Don’t waste any time wondering. If you aren’t sure, ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins 1 Corinthians 1:2. Receive Him John 1:12. Turn from your sins and to Him. Trust Him alone.