I never really grew up in the Church. Yes, I technically was an alter boy and was in the Catholic Church off and on, but I seemed to miss out on a lot of things that I’ve learned over time was “just the way it was” back in the day in the Church. Things like a Gospel glove, Sandi Patty, and rededication.
No offense to those who’ve used a Gospel glove or who have jammed out to Sandi Patti…those are great conversations for another day, but for this one, let’s talk about the rededication part.
There are a lot of people walking around confused or not sure of their salvation. Many are still looking for hope and satisfaction even though they would proclaim they follow Jesus. Why is this? Where is the confusion? Is it wrong to be sure of your salvation?
I don’t want to come across like I have never questioned this myself…for sure I have, but it doesn’t last long and if it did, it would drive me crazy. I don’t want to knock rededication in terms of someone who is wanting to draw near to Christ, but I’m talking more about someone who wants to “rededicate” and get “saved again.” Here are ways we can be SURE we have obtained salvation through Jesus Christ, for those who follow Him.
The Bible Doesn’t Lie
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” – 1 John 5:13
The Bible doesn’t lie to us. God doesn’t lie to us. It says as clear as day – if you believe in the Son of God (Jesus) you may know that you have eternal life. Boom! There it is! So when someone says, “how do you know you are saved?” or “are you sure you’re going to heaven?” you can actually say yes because you believe in Jesus Christ.
I could just stop this post right here and that would be enough since the Bible is the ultimate authority, but let’s keep going.
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13
This passage in Romans is another example of how we can be sure. If you have called on the name of Christ, you will be saved. God won’t contradict Himself or His Word, and will keep His Word in the fact that if you follow Jesus, you’ve been rescued.
The Holy Spirit is Our Guarantee
We have the Holy Spirit in us as we become believers (Ephesians 1:13-14) and that guarantees our salvation. We would not and could not have the Holy Spirit if we weren’t saved. He is the one who reminds us and gives us assurance of our salvation because of what Jesus did for us on the cross and by Him rising again from the grave.
He leads us, comforts us, teaches us, convicts us, and affirms us every step of the way in our walk as believers. The better question in regards to the Holy Spirit is…do we really believe this? Do we trust in the Holy Spirit or even ask God to empower us by His Spirit? As we draw near to Christ, we will more and more believe through the Holy Spirit that we are children of God.
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” – Romans 8:15-16
Our Lives Look Different Than Before
Perfection is never the goal when following Jesus. In fact, we realize even more just how much we fall short and will never reach that goal because Jesus is perfect and was perfect on our behalf. We strive to live holy and obedient lives as we follow Christ because He commands us to do so and really…how could we not live for Him and serve Him that way after all that He has done for us?
If we were going to be perfect, what would be the point of the Cross? If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8).
That means our lives will look different than before. It doesn’t mean we will never sin, but it does mean we will be convicted by sin and will repent from sin. It doesn’t mean we will have the Bible completely memorized, but it does mean we will read it consistently and try to memorize passages from it. It doesn’t mean we will never struggle or even question our salvation, but it does mean that we will use the Bible and the promises from the Holy Spirit to be confident in answering “yes” to the question about our salvation.
“If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.” – 1 John 2:29
We can only do anything at all because of what Christ has already done for us. We need to remind ourselves of the Gospel each day, remembering we only obtain salvation through Jesus Christ and only have the Holy Spirit because of what He did for us. As we grow in our relationship with God, ask yourself, “Am I decreasing each day while He increases?” We continually recognize just how sinful we are and for that reason, the cross should become bigger to us each day as we praise Him for His grace and mercy given to us. That is the life of a Christian.
The answer is yes, you can have assurance of salvation if you believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him. Now go, be confident in this…be confident in Him, and look to glorify Him in all that you do!
Here are other Frequently Asked Questions and how the Bible answers them.