No doubt, most everyone reading this has asked that very important and critical question. This is a question that demands an answer if the true believer is going to get rid of doubts that the enemy will attempt to flood their mind with from time to time.  Knowing for certain that you are going to heaven brings peace to one’s mind that is desperately needed, if service for Christ is going to be done in a pleasing manner.  Now you may not know this but according to the Bible you can know whether or not you are going to heaven. So let’s look at some biblical truth.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16)

“These things have I 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.”  (I John 5:13, emphasis added)

First, and foremost if one is going to have peace they must agree with the Bible that God cannot and will not lie.  “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”  (Titus 1:2)

“Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.”  (Hebrews 6:17-18)  SALVATION MUST BE SEEN AS A WORK OF GOD.  Robert Gromacki put it this way:  “We are His workmanship, the work of His new creation.”  (Ephesians 2:10)

The question, “Can I know that I am saved,” is a good one and it has baffled many people through the ages.  But the Scriptures definitely indicate that we can know definitely how we stand before God. The trouble is that many depend upon feelings rather that the Bible.  They say, “I do not feel saved.”  They expect some mysterious emotional experience, and when they do not receive it they doubt they were really saved.  The person who bases his assurance of salvation on his feelings is certain to have difficulty because feelings change from moment to moment.  God’s Word, however never changes.  The true believer must learn to trust the Word of God and not their feelings.  So let’s look at some Scripture that can help us:

I.  WE KNOW THAT WE ARE SAVED BY THE EVIDENCE OF CHANGE FROM OUR OLD LIFE TO OUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST – II CORINTHIANS 5:17

The Apostle Paul, who wrote these words, was speaking out of personal experience.  Before he trusted Christ for salvation he was a proud, arrogant, selfish person.  After the miracle of the new birth he was transformed into a humble, compassionate, meek, unselfish saint.  Consider the thousands today who give clear, positive testimony to the power of Christ to transform lives.  They declare with one voice as did Paul, “Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.”

M. S. consider:  “They shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand…no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”  (John 10:28-29)  M.S.  No one is greater than God and so no one can lose their salvation that is safe in the hand of God.  Pretty Exciting, UH?

Charles Stanley in his book “Eternal Security, Can You Be Sure,” on page 9 said, “If our salvation hinges on anything but the finished work of Christ on the Cross, we are  in trouble.  Or, at best, we run the risk of being in trouble.  If you and I have any part in maintaining our salvation, it will be difficult to live with much assurance, Hope, yes; assurance, no.  Where there is no assurance of God’s acceptance, there is no peace.  Where there is no peace, there is no joy.  Where there is no joy, there is a limitation of one’s ability to love unconditionally.”

God further helps us in the little book of I John.

II.  WE KNOW WE ARE SAVED BECAUSE WE LOVE THE BRETHREN – I JOHN 3:14

The person who is saved possesses love for all those in the family of God.  Although before his conversion he may have been bored in the company of those who loved Christ, he now finds his greatest joy in fellowship with those who love the Lord.  (I John 4:7, 8)

M.S. think about:  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…”  (John 1:12)

III.  WE KNOW WE ARE SAVED BY THE EVIDENCE OF GOD’S ABIDING SPIRIT – I JOHN 4;13/EPHESIANS 1:13-14

Before we were saved the spirit of the Devil dwelled in our hearts. (John 8:44, Ephesians 2:1-3)  When we were born again a new Spirit was given us.  The old spirit of antagonism against God and Godly things was taken away and the Holy Spirit of God took up His abode in our hearts.  (I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9)  He is there to guide us and help us understand the Scriptures and our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  (Romans 6:16)

M.S. consider:  “He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.”  (John 14:16)  Notice, He will be with you forever.

IV.  WE KNOW THAT WE ARE SAVED BY THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORD OF GOD {the Bible} (I John 5:13)

If the Bible is not the Word of God, it should be banned and burned.  But, if it is the Word of God then we would do well to trust its promises, obey its commands and practice what it tells us to do.  Of all the evidences of our salvation, faith in the Word of God is the most trustworthy.  The Christian who bases his faith upon the trustworthiness of the Bible and trusts God completely, that person is the true disciple.  (John 5:14)  God said it and that settles it.

M.S.  consider:  “Fully assured that what [God] had promised, He was able to perform.”  (Romans 4:21)

V.  WE KNOW WE ARE SAVED BY OUR DESIRE TO OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS – I JOHN 2:3-5

In his unsaved state, man is incapable of obeying God’s commandments.  His nature is to do the works of sin and unrighteousness.  So, our desire to obey and carry out His every wish and command becomes ample evidence of our being saved.  Christians make mistakes and often grieve the heart of God.  But, when they realize they are wrong, they confess their sin and find ready forgiveness from their Heavenly Father.  (I John 1:9)

M.S. consider:  “He is able to save forever those who drew near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intersession for them.  (Hebrews 7:25)

CONCLUSION:  If you are not sure that you have ever been saved, tell the Lord about it. Tell Him that you have a concern that if you were to die right now that you would go to Hell and you need help.  If you are not sure about your salvation why not make sure right now by following Scripture:

  1. Christ is God and He came to save you from your sins.  (John 3:16)
  2. Admit that you are a sinner and deserve the wages of sin, that of spiritual death and separation from God for all of eternity.  (Romans 3:23; 6:23)
  3. Admit that you cannot save yourself:  “For by grace are you saved and not of yourself, not of works…” (Ephesians 2: 8-9) In other words you cannot do enough in your own strength to warrant salvation.
  4. God said that when we were without strength to save ourselves, when we were ungodly and enemies of God, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:6, 8, 10)
  5. There is only one way to reach the Father for salvation and heaven.  Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6)  In other words there is only one way to salvation and that is through trusting only in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (I Corinthians 15:3-4)
  6. In your own words, from your heart, as an exercise of your will, tell God you are a sinner and ask Him to forgive you.  Tell Him that you want and accept His free gift of eternal life.  Thank Him for sending His Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins on the Cross.  Tell Him that you will study His Word and live to the best of your ability to please Him as His Disciple.
  7. If you have exercised your will and accepted Christ as your personal Savior, please send us and e-mail stating that.  We want to be able to pray for you and if you so desire, send you some material that will help you grow as a Christian.  Go up to the top and log onto our e-mail at Open Bible Ministries of TN net.

M. S.:  If you have further questions, please let us know.  Thanks for allowing us to chat with you.

Rev. Tom Shelton