Defending, Equipping, and Contending for the Christian Faith
Salvation is God’s greatest gift to man which was provided to us by Christ Jesus. God sent Christ so that men would be saved from their sins and live in peace. The peace that comes with salvation is knowing that your salvation is assured and it will hold until the Day of Judgment.
ASSURANCE – confidence of mind or manner : easy freedom from self-doubt or uncertainty; also : excessive self-confidence.
Christians need to remain confident, understanding that they can walk free from doubt or uncertainty in their walk with Christ. The word of God helps us to maintain assurance in our salvation. As the Christian lives accordingly, he never has to doubt his eternal destiny. In this post, we want to give seven signs and/or assurances (by the scriptures) of a Christian’s salvation.
1. Those who believe on Him are promised eternal life. Though one has to live a Christ-like life, it is his initial faith that places him on the path to eternal life.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:28 (KJV)
2. Those who believe on Him become sons (and daughters) of God. In doing so, they become heirs of eternal life with Jesus Christ.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:12 (KJV)
3.Those who believe on Him are forgiven of their sins. We come to Christ through confession of sins and reception of His forgiveness and grace. This forgiveness and grace remains available to Christians in their walks with Christ.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
As long as the believer strives for godly living, God continually offer forgiveness to those who are sorrowful and will turn from them.
4. Those who receive Him are given the Holy Spirit as a sign of their eternal inheritance. The presence of the Holy Spirit is comparable to a down payment. God gives Christians a ‘deposit’ on the life that is to come. It is also comparable to a stamp or ensign. Hence, the Holy Spirit is a tangible mark of those who are recipients of salvation.
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph 4:30 (KJV)
5. Those who receive Him are able to live in godliness and not in the sins of their old nature. You can know that you are saved by your ability to recognize and resist sin in your life. In addition, you will see changes in your lifestyle.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor 5:17 (KJV)
6. Those who receive Him can expect to escape judgment as they respond to His work in their lives. It is true that Christians can sin. But, when one sins, he has to respond to correction and discipline. If he does this, he will not have to stand in fear of God’s judgment in the end.
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened (corrected) of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 1 Cor 11:31-32 (KJV)
7. Those that receive Him will be presented to God as faultless. We are made righteous by faith. In turn, we are to live in righteousness. However, we understand that our righteousness before God is as of nothing. This is why we receive Christ’s righteousness through faith in Him.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25 (KJV)
Well, there you have it. Continue to love Christ, who gave His life for us.