Can Someone Know Their Salvation?

It is certainly possible for a person to know that he is saved and is ready to meet God. In fact, God intends and desires us to have this assurance.

First, however, we should realize that trying to live a Christian life is not sufficient. As the Apostle Paul says, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do” (Romans 7:18, 19). If such a man as Paul found it impossible to live as he should, in spite of his sincere desire to do so, then this will certainly be true of the rest of us.

But what Paul could not do himself, Christ accomplished in him. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Just as Paul did, when one believes in his heart that Christ gave Himself for him—that is, He suffered and died as his substitute, bearing God’s judgment for his sins—then he can know the real joy and peace of all sins completely forgiven. Since he was thus judged by God to be dead because of sin, he is then also reckoned by Him to be raised from the dead, to a new life in Christ. He thenceforth lives in and through the believer, and His power and guidance will enable that one to live a true Christian life.

Having been thus “born again” (note John 3:3), he can then claim all the Bible’s gracious promises for assurances of salvation, some of which are as follows:

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life (1 John 5:13). For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day (2 Timothy 1:12). Whoso keeps his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; hereby know we that we are in him (1 John 2:5). The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (Romans 8:16). We know we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren (1 John 3:14).

These and many other Scriptures show that a person may rightly claim that he knows that he is saved, provided that he has been born into a new life through faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and his personal Savior from sin. The reality of this faith and his new life in Christ will be shown, both to him and to others, by his love and respect for the Word of God and for his fellow Christians, and will be confirmed in his own heart by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who has come to indwell him. Therefore, if one is really a Christian in the true sense, he should have genuine assurance that he is in full possession of God’s great salvation.

Published by Intentional Faith

Devoted to a Faith that Thinks

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