Assurance Of Salvation

One of the first things that the Devil will try to do when a person receives Christ as Savior is to try to create doubt.  The most important thing to remember is that our salvation is not dependent upon our efforts or extreme faith.  Our salvation is based on the finished work of Jesus Christ and the promises of a God who cannot lie. 

Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3, that you must be born again.  A person can only be born once physically, and only born once spiritually.  In John 10:27-29, John writes Jesus' words, "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.  My Father which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand."  The first thing to consider is the terminology, "I give them eternal life".  That means we have eternal life now, not something we will get someday.  How long does eternal life last?   If I have it now it is for eternity!  Second, in the original greek the phrase, "never perish" is actually a triple negative meaning, no not ever, never.  Then finally, we are in Christ's hand, Christ's hand is in the Father's hand...no one can pluck you out.  Even you can't get out...simple example:  When my children were young and we were crossing a busy street, did they hold my hand, or did I hold their hand?  Do you think they could escape?  No, I loved them too much to let them go, even if they wee trying to squirm out and go on their own. 

When we become believers, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells within us, how long does he stay?  (Ephesians 4:30)  "grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed, until the day of redemption".  We are sealed by the presence of the Holy Spirit until we receive our new bodies in heaven.

Two concepts need to be given distinction.  The first is ETERNAL SECURITY...when we speak of eternal security, we are talking about what God know about our relationship with him.  Because of God's promises, we are eternally secure whether we "feel" like it or not.  Five minutes after my wedding, someone asked me, "how does it feel to be married"?  My answer was "I have no idea...but the fact was, I was married!  Eternal security is a fact, not a feeling.   ASSURANCE OF SALVATION is a felling.  Sometimes we lack assurance, and we may not feel saved.  The solution for this is walking in obedience.  As we obey God and walk in fellowship, the doubts disolve.  If we are walking in sin or disobedience, the doubts will increase.  Regardless, our salvation is a once for all event, it is a non-repeatable birth into God's family.  You could leave home, change your name, be a rebellious child, deny your parents...and yet you cannot change the fact that there was a day that you were born, the child of your mom and dad. 

Assurance Of Salvation

One of the first things that the Devil will try to do when a person receives Christ as Savior is to try to create doubt.  The most important thing to remember is that our salvation is not dependent upon our efforts or extreme faith.  Our salvation is based on the finished work of Jesus Christ and the promises of a God who cannot lie. 

Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3, that you must be born again.  A person can only be born once physically, and only born once spiritually.  In John 10:27-29, John writes Jesus' words, "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.  My Father which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand."  The first thing to consider is the terminology, "I give them eternal life".  That means we have eternal life now, not something we will get someday.  How long does eternal life last?   If I have it now it is for eternity!  Second, in the original greek the phrase, "never perish" is actually a triple negative meaning, no not ever, never.  Then finally, we are in Christ's hand, Christ's hand is in the Father's hand...no one can pluck you out.  Even you can't get out...simple example:  When my children were young and we were crossing a busy street, did they hold my hand, or did I hold their hand?  Do you think they could escape?  No, I loved them too much to let them go, even if they wee trying to squirm out and go on their own. 

When we become believers, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells within us, how long does he stay?  (Ephesians 4:30)  "grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed, until the day of redemption".  We are sealed by the presence of the Holy Spirit until we receive our new bodies in heaven.

Two concepts need to be given distinction.  The first is ETERNAL SECURITY...when we speak of eternal security, we are talking about what God know about our relationship with him.  Because of God's promises, we are eternally secure whether we "feel" like it or not.  Five minutes after my wedding, someone asked me, "how does it feel to be married"?  My answer was "I have no idea...but the fact was, I was married!  Eternal security is a fact, not a feeling.   ASSURANCE OF SALVATION is a felling.  Sometimes we lack assurance, and we may not feel saved.  The solution for this is walking in obedience.  As we obey God and walk in fellowship, the doubts disolve.  If we are walking in sin or disobedience, the doubts will increase.  Regardless, our salvation is a once for all event, it is a non-repeatable birth into God's family.  You could leave home, change your name, be a rebellious child, deny your parents...and yet you cannot change the fact that there was a day that you were born, the child of your mom and dad.