How Can I Know I Am Saved?

How Can I Know I Am Saved?

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.

Questions: Do you know that you are saved? Are you confident of this? Why do you suppose you ever doubt this? Please comment below and join the discussion.

Saved by Grace through Faith. In love with Jesus, His Glory, and obviously my beautiful wife Joelle, daughter Peyton, and son Matthew! Seeking Him in everything to glorify Him and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Online & Communications Minister at 121 Community Church.

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  • jess

    I have ocd scruplosity and I doubt my salvation constantly. I fear everyday that I am not enough to be given the gift of grace. I envy others who are confident in Christ and want so badly to end the consternation in my mind. I love God, I believe Jesus is his son, is risen and is my Lord. I just don’t know how to cast all my care on him because I fear if I stop the struggle, the devil will get in.

    • Hey Jess, thanks so much for sharing. I’d like to encourage you from what you said that I believe that no one is “good enough” to be given the gift of grace. If we got what we all really deserved, it would be death and separation from God. THAT though is the beauty of the cross and what Jesus has done. Even while we are still sinners, Christ died for us.

      Be encouraged that you’ll never be “enough” because Jesus was enough on your behalf. If you believe He is your Lord and Savior and you follow Him, you ARE saved and forgiven for all past, present, and future sins. If you don’t believe that, then you are proclaiming what Jesus did wasn’t enough. If you do believe that, you need to rest in that and have peace with that…because by you resting…you are trusting that Jesus is enough.

      You’ll always have a struggle because you’ll never be perfect and that is the life of the believer until Jesus returns, but that doesn’t mean you have to doubt your salvation because of the struggle. Hope this helps!

      • jess

        Thank you so much. I believe and I am trying desperately to give my worry to God. I am trying to completely trust him and feel so blessed you responded to my post. Although it is a struggle, I won’t give up hope. It will all pay off in the end! :) God’s humble servant, jess

        • Great to hear it Jess! You can most definitely put your trust in The Lord and He won’t let you down! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Nathan Lal

    How can I hear god

  • LizzieLouThats Who

    I know at one time i was saved. The problem is the devil has been riding me for three years wanting me to say I’m not a Christian anymore. Now I don’t want to follow Jesus. How can I turn my will around into wanting to follow Jesus again? This has been a daily, moment by moment battle with no rest. I can feel inside myself that I am going to hell when I die. I have no good fruit in my life even though I don’t want to do bad. I just can’t seem to come back. Honestly I don’t want to come back (which makes me feel I am lost forever) but then the battle starts all over again to find a way back. HELP!

    • Thank you for sharing. I’m very sorry for the struggle you are in right now. I would suggest picking up the Bible asap and reading through one of the Gospels. Maybe John or Matthew? Either way, I think you need to read the Word of God to remind you of who Jesus is, what He has done, and the life and salvation you can find in Him.

      God’s Word is perfect and very clear in terms of the fact that if you have truly decided to follow Jesus, then you are saved at that moment. Maybe read through this post again to get more details on that.

      I would read through one of the Gospels and pray to God asking Him to bring you through this struggle and to submit to God’s Word…resist the devil..and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

      Praying and reading the Bible would be a great start and believe that God will work through that and through you to bring you through this. I’d start there and make sure you are part of the church so you don’t spend time in isolation…we are called to be a part of the church and be in community.

      • Brandon

        I’m struggling so much right now. I recently stumbled upon your website and wow. It’s amazing and easy to understand a lot of these points. What a blessing.

        My stumbling block is this….
        I’m trying so hard to believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be.
        I actually confessed many times during my life that He is my Lord and my Savior but have fallen away numerous times. This isn’t anything i’m proud though I realize that it’s evidence that we are all sinners and fall short. Every day I pray to Him and ask the Lord to show me that Jesus is truly who He claimed to be and that following Him is the way I should go. I believe that belief takes time for some people. Certainly does for me. I’m taking a leap of faith each day. Heck, sometimes several times a day! My problem is this…

        Jesus is the atonement for our sins. Right?
        Are we forgiven ONLY if we sin no more after asking Him to come into our heart?
        Is being saved a license to sin?
        If we are saved and that’s that then why keep following commandments?
        What commandments DO we follow?

        I’d love to hear back as soon as possible what your thoughts are on this.
        Thank you and God Bless!

        • Thank you SO MUCH Brandon for sharing!! Appreciate the encouragement!

          Following Jesus isn’t always perfect and is typically a struggle. We need to remind ourselves of the Gospel each and every day. I can’t speak to where exactly you are, but if you believe Jesus is your Lord and Savior and that He died on the cross and rose again from the grave, then you ARE saved. It’s not a matter of you losing it or questioning it, but rather a true and real fact…if you believe.

          Let’s dig into your questions:

          Yes, Jesus is the atonement for all our past, present, and future sins.

          We are forgiven because of what Jesus has done for us and solely because of Him, not because of us. It is the FREE gift of salvation. You are still going to sin and fall short at times, but the difference for the follower of Christ is that the follower doesn’t embrace the sin, but is actively involved in fighting the sin.

          If you treated being saved as a license to sin, then I would argue you don’t really follow Jesus and are instead using Jesus as an excuse to do whatever you want. So no, being saved is not a license to sin, ever.

          When we are saved, we become followers of Jesus. That includes striving to live a holy and pleasing life to God because our aim is the glorify God now..not ourselves. That includes following God’s commandments which would obviously include not sinning and going against the ten commandments, but ultimately….are we loving God with everything and loving others? Jesus gave us the great commission to make disciples and teach them all of Scripture and to obey Scripture, which includes that we should do that as well.

          Be a part of the Church, make disciples, grow in relationships with one another, serve everyone, and share the Gospel with those who do not yet follow Jesus. Even as you do all of this, you’ll be reminded that you are a child of God and can grow in that confidence day by day. Hope that helps man!

  • Brandon

    I’m struggling so much right now. I recently stumbled upon your website and wow. It’s amazing and easy to understand a lot of these points. What a blessing.

    My stumbling block is this….
    I’m trying so hard to believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be.
    I actually confessed many times during my life that He is my Lord and my Savior but have fallen away numerous times. This isn’t anything i’m proud though I realize that it’s evidence that we are all sinners and fall short. Every day I pray to Him and ask the Lord to show me that Jesus is truly who He claimed to be and that following Him is the way I should go. I believe that belief takes time for some people. Certainly does for me. I’m taking a leap of faith each day. Heck, sometimes several times a day! My problem is this…

    Jesus is the atonement for our sins. Right?
    Are we forgiven ONLY if we sin no more after asking Him to come into our heart?
    Is being saved a license to sin?
    If we are saved and that’s that then why keep following commandments?
    What commandments DO we follow?

    I’d love to hear back as soon as possible what your thoughts are on this.
    Thank you and God Bless!

  • Tanisha

    Obey Acts 2:38 the Epistles were written to the church believers that were baptized in Jesus name and filled with His spirit in order for you to have His spirit you must speak in other tongues. .

    • Hey Tanisha, thank you for sharing. It doesn’t seem Biblically accurate for you to say that you must speak in other tongues in order to have the Holy Spirit. We are told we have the Holy Spirit as we believe and trust in Jesus Christ.

      Not sure what you meant there, but if you wanted to elaborate, feel free to do so. Thanks!

  • Edgar Sanchez

    Why did Jesus say:Never Knew You
    21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’.

    If says they acknowledge him as Lord? But practice lawlessness?
    I’ve seen testimonials about Christians going to hell because of willful sin of our thoughts and actions?

    • Hey Edgar, thanks for sharing. The Bible is clear on how we can know if we are saved..by having a relationship with Jesus that includes following Him and striving the live lives that are holy and set apart from sin.

      The Scripture you referenced is for those who never knew Him. They may have claimed “I follow Jesus” but in fact never really did and continued to willingly sin so therefore they were never followers of Jesus in the first place.

      Hope that helps! Thanks again for sharing.

  • Deborah

    I sitting here unable to sleep ….. I was up all night on my knees praying to him…. he showed me I was living a life like a Pharisee and not really following him but following the world and continueing to sin.. living worldly instead of reading my Bible ….. but now sometimes when I go to the Bible all I see is his wrath and that I’m to late and my continued sin has manifest to death …( I was feeling pain and pressure in my side and was for sure God had given me cancer because of his wrath and my continuation to live in sin and not turn from it) I will read that he forgives me but then my anxiety will come back and I’ll start to feel his wrath again that I am to late and going to hell

    • Hey Deborah, thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry about the anxiety but I think I can encourage you with some things.

      “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

      If you back up and think of God’s character, He gave up His one and only Son for us…He desires all would reach repentance and does NOT wish anyone would perish…He gives strength to the weary…He provides rest to us, peace to us, etc.

      Yes, God is a God of wrath and can not tolerate sin, but if He did tolerate sin, that wouldn’t make much sense would it? Also why would Jesus even have to come then?

      But He did, and God demonstrated His love for us in Christ who gave Himself up for us. As long as you living and breathing, you are NOT too late. God wouldn’t give up on you so you should not give up on yourself.

      Satan and our culture likes to keep us guessing about our salvation but God gives us the Holy Spirit as a promise of our inheritance the moment we believe and follow Jesus. That is when someone gets baptized, professing their faith in Jesus, and then you go on from there growing one day at a time in The Lord.

      In that growing process, we still sin and fall short and we learn more and more we still need Jesus every single day. Not because we are going to lose our salvation, but because God is always working on us, improving us, and making us more like Him. God will never stop this process for me or for you until we die or until Jesus returns.

      That means you’ll still fall short every day up until death or the return of Jesus. We never desire for sin, but sometimes as we sin…satan will whisper doubt about our relationship with God. Just remember, Jesus paid the price for all your past, present, and future sins. And out of love for God, let that empower you to live a life that is holy and obedient to what God calls you to do according to the Bible.

      Hope that helps!!

      • Deborah

        Thank you so much….. God has given me the peace I need as I called out to him….. I know now I am living by the spirit now and trying to listen as he guides me …please pray for me that I release this evil spirit of anxiety and not give in to Satan and that I can discern what is coming from God and what is coming from Satan….that I am no longer condemned….. when I go to the Bible to read that I hear his words not Satan trying to twist them and make me believe I am condemned forever….. I want to be able to go read Gods words with out feeling condemned and triggering my anxiety but to truly know that I am a child of God

        • Absolutely, will do. Yes, satan will try to steer you away from God or whisper lies to you. Be on guard for that but also be confident that Jesus has already won the war. If you read the Bible for what is actually says, you’ll see there’s no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

  • Deborah

    I am now turning from my sin and seeking him and trying to listen to the Holy Spirit but are you ever too late ???

    • See below Deborah, I gave you a more thorough answer below.

  • Deborah

    Was I truly not a Christian before and now I am?? Do I need to go get baptized again because I truly wasn’t a Christian before?? I mean II saw some changes in myself but not truly ever listening to the Holy Spirit and following his ways Judy mostly my selfish desires

    • See below Deborah, I gave you an answer below.

  • Deborah

    Is it Satan trying to make me believe I can no longer be saved??? Giving me all this fear and anxiety or is it the Fear of God trying to get my attention or just letting me know I’m too late??

    • See below for the answers to all of this. Thanks!