Memorise Romans 8:9
What is the feeling of being saved? Is it possible to feel saved and yet not be? Will I know if I am truly saved? These are frequently asked questions. To find the answer will require personal soul searching and God’s Word. Romans 8:16 tell us, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”. The Spirit works in all believers and imparts to them the assurance that they are indeed the children of God. 2 Corinthians 1:22 also teaches concerning our salvation, “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts”. The “earnest of the Spirit” is a promise or a seal, and this is placed in our hearts; meaning the Christian will know and feel deeply about his salvation. Hence we learn that Christians can certainly have the assurance of salvation.
Taking this one more step we can ask, “Is there something outward that shows us if we are saved?” 1 John 2:5 says, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him”. This passage tells us that believers will keep God’s Word and this is an indication of salvation. To call yourself a Christian, and yet refuse to obey God’s Word is really a contradiction!
That said, some truly saved Christians, may sometimes still doubt their salvation. This is often because of a life not fully committed to serving and living for God. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Search your heart, examine it and find out if you are truly Christ’s. It may be that in your search, you will find that you are after all a son of God. Praise God then.
However, in your search, you may also find that you are not actually saved. You may have thought that by attending church or as your parents are Christians, therefore you are saved. If so, you must accept the Lord as your Saviour. Recognize that you are sinful and you are doomed for judgment and the only way is that Christ saves you from your sins. It is better to make sure of your salvation than to be among those whom the Lord will say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23). Believe today!
Thought: Do you know if you are saved?
Prayer: Lord, please open my eyes to see the reality of my salvation.