How? How do I know I’m
saved? That’s a question I receive from time to time and
which is almost alwaysfollowed
with the statement “I want to know for sure I’m saved”.
Every believer wants to be assured of their eternal
salvation. Even those who believe in another god apart fromthe
God of the Bible. Hey, even atheists want to be sure of what
they’ve placed their faith in. All believers in
Christ should know that there is no other God than the God
of the Bible. And as far as atheists are concerned, well,
they’ve placed their faith in man. Of course, beliefs in
other gods or no God at all are both huge errors that by
witnessing we hope to rectify.
Let’s take a look at how God
looks at His salvation plan which is available to everyone.
When did God first start dealing with you? “According as
he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and without blame before him in
love:” Ephesians 1:4. God chose us “the elect”
before the foundation of the world. That’s when God began
dealing with each and every one of us. Believers are God’s
“elect”. “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you”
John 15:16. God has moved us into the position of a
believer. How did He do that? Keep reading.
God’s offer of salvation is
given to everyone (John 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, Romans 10:9, 13.),
but the lost “choose” to remain lost. I want to make that
statement as plain as I can. It’s a choice of ours to either
believe or not. “But we are bound to give thanks alway to
God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath
from the beginning chosen you to salvation through
sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of
the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 2:13, 14.
God draws us to hear the
Gospel, “he called you by our gospel”.If
when we hear it we believe “the truth”, this moves us
into the position of being God’s “elect”. On the other hand,
many of those who God draws to hear His Gospel (and He draws
everyone) refuse to believe, they are lost because they
refused to believe His truth. Either way God chose us to
come and hear His word. How do
you know you have been “elected” by God to Salvation? By
your response to His Gospel that He drew you to hear. Did
you all get that? God is the initiator of our being drawn.
He does the drawing. “Elect according to the
foreknowledge of God the Father” 1 Peter 1:2,
only means you heard the truth of the Gospel and you
believed. We either respond in the affirmative or the
negative but everyone is drawn to hear. The “elect” hear and
believe. It’s a simple yes answer.
I’m not actually attempting
to get into arguments with the Calvinists here. I don’t
believe there’s any reason for those who diligently study
their Bibles to come awaywith
such a huge misunderstanding when it comes to foreknowledge,
predestination, and the elect. So as far as I’m concerned,there
should be no debate of whether or not some of us are
predestined to be saved and others aren’t. Yes there are
God’s elect, and there are many who are not God’s elect.
Why? God has made it abundantly clear that everyone is
invited into his family (John 3:16). It’s just that some
choose to turn down his invitation, and God knows who they
are and He knew them, and their choice, before the
foundation of the world. Yes there are many arrogant and
foolish people who after receiving the truth,“their
to say “Yes, I believe”. Some of these foolish people
actually become so belligerent with God that they begin to
blaspheme Him and spew hateful words at Him as they
willfully return His invitation. In other words their
refusal often times contains more than just a no thank you
God. Hence these foolish, arrogant, belligerent people
remain in their sins, thus they are not His elect, but they
But what of those who’ve
said yes to God? Those who’ve heard His Gospel message and
believed. Those are who God calls His “elect”. What is it
that gives them their sense of security? It’s simple. All
those who’ve heard the Gospel and believed are immediately
sealed with the Holy Spirit, and that’s a promise from God.
Those of us who are sealed with God’s Holy Spirit are no
longer under the power of the enemy.
So we learn that all
believers fall under the banner of the “elect” of God. But
all believers don’t feel the same way about their salvation.
Some bask in the assurance of God’s gift of salvation and go
about their lives seemingly fearless, almost as though they
can’t be bothered about any attack from the enemy. These
folks fully grasp the truth. When they are attacked their
faith is so strong that they’ve learned how to overcome the
enemy. These people know God will fight the battle.
Others, once justified,
don’t give their salvation much thought at all. After their
conversion there’s nothing else that brings out any signs
that they were ever justified. Thus the enemy doesn’t see
much reason in attacking them. After all, they probably
aren’t doing any witnessing and they show little to no
concern in producing and living a fruit filled Christian
Then there are the worry
who think they’ve lost their salvation for some sin they
committed after becoming a believer. These are the folks who
listen to the false teachings of those who contradict God
and teach that you can lose your salvation. Until they learn
to listen to God instead of the naysayers they’ll be
miserable. Many live a useless Christian life unable to
break away from the condemnation of the enemy. Condemnation
is laid on believers by Satan and his followers and
sometimes by thebrethren
who’ve misinterpreted their Bibles, but never by the Holy
This next group are the born
again believers who cannotseem
to grasp the fact that even though they feel they’re born
again, there’s a nagging suspicion which tugs at their heart
telling them they aren’t really saved at all. “Yes,
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the
cross for my sins, and that He arose three days later and
sits at the right hand of God. I’ve repented of my sins and
asked Him to rule and reign in my heart. And I believe that
with all my heart. But, I still have doubts now and
then about my salvation. Why?” That “but” is a security
go through ups and downs in their walk with the Lord.
Doubting one’s salvation from time to time can eventually
strip a believer of his/her joy, In some believers lives
doubt seems to be a frequent, sometimes habitual occurrence.
In some cases it’s a quick downer and the believer is back
up and walking in fellowship with the Lord. With others the
downer last through their entire Christian walk because
they’ve never learned how to overcome the enemy's attacks.
(Read Ephesians 6 for your allotment of armor).
Here’s what I
see happening to these folks. They are allowing Satan to
plant in their mind, a pattern of guilt and fear. Through
his prodding he’s convinced them to question their
salvation. It’s amazing to me just how many believers write
and tell me they doubt their salvation. Satan is very good
at stealing the joy we have in Christ. By placing doubt in
our mind he’s gotten us to doubt even our own beliefs, our
own faith, and our security in Christ.
reading this commentary must understand at least this one
part. When we neglect God’s word we become most vulnerable
to the enemy’s attacks. But when we take on a daily routine
of Bible reading and study we remain much more secure and
avoid those horrible darts of self defeat. Just a few
paragraphs each day will do wonders in fighting off those
enemy darts. Read more if you can of course,but
even a page or two a day will help. Always pray for guidance
from the Holy Spirit before you begin your Bible reading. Do
this in the morning and you have put
on the armor of God to help you through the entire day.
the Holy Spirit sealed within them. If we weren’t sealed
with God’s Holy Spirit we would have plenty to worry about.
This seal gives us the ability to rest in the knowledge that
we are completely secure in God’s hands and that we have no
reason to doubt our salvation, or fear our eternal
not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to
give you the kingdom.”
Remember my brethren, God
delights in keeping His promises, and He promises to keep
you in His hands.
If we continue
to allow the enemy to place doubt in our minds we will,
sooner or later, feel we’ve lost our salvation, or at the
least live a miserable Christian life. This is the enemy’s
purpose when it comes to believers, and he’s perfected his
craft to nth degree. Understand, Satan can’t do anything to
those who believe. He has no power over us unless we allow
him that power. Why? Because we belong to Christ. We are
living in Christ. We are God’s “elect”. We are completely
secure when it comes to our salvation. All the elect will go
to Heaven either in the Rapture of the Church or by passing
from this life through death.
If you are
worried about whether or not you’ve lost your salvation, or
that you might lose it, you’ll be of no effect as a witness
for God. That’s where Satan hopes you’ll end up, and that’s
the purpose for the doubt, the condemnation, the guilt he
bombards us with every day hoping to catch at least some of
us in his snare. The emails I receive indicate thathe’s
been very successful. Think about it, if we don’t or won’t
witness to others about the good news of Jesus the Messiah,
those souls in his camp. Oh sure you’re still saved but what
about the person who gets overlooked when it comes to being
witnessed to, all because of your fear and preoccupation
with losing your salvation?
Don’t fall for
the enemy’s lies. That’s all they are. Satan is the father
of all lies. And all those who tell you a born again
believer can lose their salvation, for whatever reason, are
doing Satan’s work for him, whether they know it or not.
Don’t listen to them. Just keep reading your Bibles and
studying. Allow the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in your mind
and teach you God’s word. He’s a much better teacher than
those who only want to bring you under condemnation.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1.
Saved! And I
know it! If you’re born again claim your security and stop
allowing the enemy a foothold.
“Submit yourselves therefore
to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
God bless you