How often have you questioned your salvation?
I was talking with a Christian friend of mine when she commented, “sometimes I don’t feel saved.” She had accepted Christ as her personal Savior many years ago, but was still a sinner. I told her, “Stop fussing about feelings. Feelings change all the time!” We need to stick to the facts, and the fact is Jesus died for our sins, and anyone who accepts Christ as their personal Savior will be saved. When I finished talking, I wondered whether I was talking to my friend or to myself. I wonder if other Christians question their salvation. How many times do we ask Christ to come in to our hearts? I’m confident that God wants us to have assurance and not fear for our future. So, for those Christians who struggle with this issue, I have a book for you! It’s the short book of I John. (All Bible references in this blog will be from that book.)
In I John, John gives us some attitudes or actions that are unique to Christians. Let me point out a few things, and then you can read the book for yourselves. Christians will associate with each other, sharing intimacies of the Christians faith. (1: 6-7) Christians are aware of our sin nature, and try to avoid sinning, but at the same time, we recognize sin when it occurs. (1: 8-10) Christians try every day to follow the teachings of Christ, “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.” (2: 3) Christians cannot imagine a world without God, or one in which He is not in control. (2: 15) In addition, Christians long for the return of Jesus Christ. (3: 2-3) Christians try really hard to always do the right thing, and sin less. (3: 7-8, 10) We love our fellow Christians. “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers…” (3: 14) Christians like to hear teachings from the Word. (4: 6) Christians can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. “We know that we live in Him and He in us because He has given us His Spirit.” (4: 13) Christians believe what the Bible teaches us about Jesus. “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God and everyone who loves the Father loves His children as well.” (5: 1)
Beware of unreasonable self-condemnation. The Bible is not looking for perfection, but are you drawn to these characteristics taught by John? We can be assured of our salvation, because we have the Word of God, Who cannot lie. So, brothers and sisters, let’s get on the work God sent us here to do, and stop asking God into our hearts. He’s already there!
About The Author
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan is a graduate of Otterbein College (now University). He graduated with a degree in education. From time to time Dan still substitute teaches. His interest in history led him to investigate the historical accuracy of the Bible. This, in turn, led to a full investigation of Apologetics.