ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

“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, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13

THE BIBLE SAYS…

JOHN 5:24
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

JOHN 10:27-28
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

1 JOHN 5:10-12
“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

ROMANS 8:1-3
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”

THEREFORE…

WE KNOW THAT GOD CANNOT LIE: Assurance of salvation is based on the absolute trustworthiness of Scripture.

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

WE ACCEPT GOD’S PROMISE TO SAVE ALL WHO WILL BELIEVE ON HIS SON:
All who have committed their lives to Jesus Christ may have the firm confidence of salvation based upon the infallibility of God’s Word.

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21

WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS PAID IT ALL: Assurance of Salvation rests on the finished work of Jesus Christ. When Jesus died on the cross, He bore our iniquities, enduring God’s wrath.

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30

WE RECOGNIZE THAT HIS WORK OF REDEMPTION WAS COMPLETED AT THE CROSS: Our entire sin debt was paid in full, no matter how great it was.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18

WE KNOW WE HAVE AN INWARD WITNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: It is a divinely produced gift, given by the Spirit.

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” Romans 8:16

WE ARE ASSURED OF OUR SALVATION BY OUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST: It is confirmed within us as we see God conforming us into the image of Christ.

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” 1 John 2:3-5

WE KNOW WE ARE SAVED BECAUSE OF THE FRUIT: His love gives assurance.

“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” 1 John 3:14

WE ALSO LOVE GOD: We know we are Christ’s because we desire to please Him.

“And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” 1 John 3:24