How do we know that we are saved?
How do we know that we will go to Heaven, for sure, when we die?
How do we know that we have eternal life?
How do we know that we really believe in Jesus for salvation?
We know these things only by the Word of God—the promises of God that we believe.
~But there is much more, as I have recently discovered.~
I just watched a YouTube video with a preacher saying that if you doubt whether you are saved, it is because you are trusting your own good works to be saved.
Well, maybe, yes, that could be the problem.
But because faith is such an ethereal non-material thing, it could be that some of us wonder whether we really believe at all, or whether we just “know some facts about Jesus.”
And we start to worry and drive ourselves crazy.
So the question is: how can we know that we are saved? How can we be assured that we are saved?
We read the promises of salvation in the Word of God.
But we doubt whether we really believe them (maybe because we doubt some of God’s other promises to take care of us through the difficulties of life?)
I have done this.
So, how do we get assurance of eternal salvation?
It is definitely based on the promises in the Word of God, there is no doubt of that.
But there is more to it.
I came to humility on this issue. (The Bible says God gives grace to the humble. And He even gave me the grace to be humble!)
All these things are “done in God,” as Jesus said at the end of John chapter 3.
So again, because faith is ethereal and non-material, people want to do works or perform a ritual, maybe water baptism or repentance of sins, or maybe lifetime discipleship.
But, more than that… the question preachers rarely address is: do we really possess saving faith itself?
How do we know if we do?
It can be an extremely scary question, but God has the solution.
God’s understandings and assurances go all the way down to the core of our being.
The God of all comfort, as the Bible calls Him, will assure us.
Saving faith is believing that the Gospel is true.
Saving faith is believing in Jesus.
But there is another something that really gives me comfort and assurance and allows me to know that I am saved.
What is it? It is God Himself. The Trinity.
I really hope this will help you, if you struggle with this.
The Bible says that the Father draws us to Jesus.
The Bible says that the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin.
The Bible says that “God has given to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)
Jesus verbally assures us that salvation comes through faith in Himself (John 3:15,16)
So, God Himself, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, gives us faith, and assures us of salvation.
This, to me, is an inestimably great blessing.
Of all things, with Hell and damnation on the line, and the fear of all those terrifying horrors, I do not want to screw this up.
Thank God that He does not leave it to me alone.
God saves me.
God gives me Jesus.
God gives me His Word.
God gives me His grace.
God gives me the faith ~of~ Jesus.
God gives me assurance.
God gives me comfort.
Jesus, true God and true man, died for the forgiveness of your sins and mine, according to the Scriptures (1st Corinthians 15:1-4.)
Jesus rose again from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1st Corinthians 15:1-4.)
God gives us the forgiveness of our sins.
God Himself gives us assurance and assures our hearts (our spirit, mind, and emotions.)
God gave me faith in His Word to believe what Jesus did for me.
God gives, gives, gives.
Grace means “gift.”
The God of grace.
I cannot even believe by myself.
The Trinity saves me.
God helps me.
The Father draws me to Jesus (John 6:44).
The Holy Spirit convicts me of my sins (John 16:8).
Jesus assures me of eternal life with His words (John 5:24).
God Himself assures me.
He does not just leave me out there hoping I will believe and be saved.
The Holy Spirit assures me and comforts me.
The Bible says that saving faith is in the Gospel of Christ, found in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.
When I believe in Jesus, I know I am saved.
I am assured by God Himself.
The Father draws me to Jesus, the Holy Spirit convicts me of my sin, and Jesus assures me of salvation by His words in Scripture.
God gives me faith in Jesus by His grace.
It is not just that we are believing that God helps us to believe.
It is that we sometimes sense the working of His spirit.
God Himself assures us of our salvation.
If I doubt that I have faith, I am “trying” to believe, because this is the natural effort of the fleshly, natural, sinful man.
We have “the faith ~of~ Christ” (Galatians 2:16, Romans 3:22)
There is such a thing as “flesh faith.”
I don’t doubt the faith God gave me, because it is intimately connected to the Holy Spirit, who assures my very spirit and soul.
Spiritual saving faith, this gift from God, is not like a worldly faith in something.
It is faith in God’s Word, and it is faith that is given to me from God, (yes, I must believe, but I do so only with His help) and it is the assurance that comes from the very Spirit of God who gave me the faith.
These understandings really helped me.
Faith is a spiritual thing, and it is a gift of God’s grace.
I pray God uses these words to comfort and assure you that you have saving faith in Jesus, too.
God bless you.