“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
Scripture Reading: John 3:1-12
There are many Christians who are often perplexed because they feel they will not know whether they are saved until Jesus returns. Yet, a scrutiny of the teachings of Jesus and of the apostles indicate the opposite. The greatest comfort a Christian can have is “knowing” he is saved. The Bible gives this assurance, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” Mark 16:16. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” Acts 16:31.
The helmet of salvation in Paul’s discourse also indicates a definite knowledge and hope of salvation. This is something we realize with our mind, not our feelings. “The idea is, that a well-founded hope of salvation will preserve us in the day of spiritual conflict, and will guard us from the blows which an enemy would strike. The helmet defended the head-a vital part; and so the hope of salvation will defend the soul, and keep it from the blows of the enemy. A soldier would not fight well without a hope of victory. A Christian could not contend with his foes without the hope of final salvation; but, sustained by this, what has he to dread?” (Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, p. 1014)
Satan often desires to put doubts into our mind, especially concerning our salvation. New converts are particularly bothered by this problem. They wonder if it was just the emotional atmosphere of the time, pressure by someone else, or whether because of inner conflicts or sin, they really had “locked into” salvation. To them, and to us, nothing can be more reassuring than turning to the Word of God and re-establishing in our mind the plan of salvation and its surety. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13.
- What is man’s greatest need and how is it met? Romans 5:12-21.
- How does God plead with us? Isaiah 1:16-18.
- How was the atonement made for us? Isaiah 53:4-6; Colossians 1:12-14; I Peter 2:21-24.
- Once a “knowledge” of this is obtained, what must be done? Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19-21. Is there any other way? Acts4:12.
- What do we become when Jesus comes into our lives? II Corinthians 5:17-21; I John 5:4-5
- What should we do and what do we become? I John 4:13-15; Romans 10:9-11; II Corinthians 5:18-21.
- What salvation promise do we receive from God? I John 5:11-15; John 3:36; John 17:3; John 20:31.
- Once we are assured of this, what should it do for us? I John 1:3-4; I John 3:14-15; I John 4:16-19; Isaiah 12.
- What confidence can we have in Christ? John 10:27-29; II Timothy 1:12; Romans 8:35-39.
The devil operates in the realms of fear, doubt and deception. His power is in the lie. By his lie, he brought down the first, a man and woman, which polluted the human line with the nature of sin. Many deceptions concerning biblical doctrines and the gospel can be found within the modern church. The main target of Satan’s attack has been to weaken the believer’s doctrines on how to be saved. The extremes of “don’t-even-breath” iron–fisted legalism and the “anything-goes, it’s under the blood” license to sin, have wreaked havoc among God’s people: Both lead to the gates of damnation. Do you know and understand the doctrine of salvation as taught in the Bible? If you are in doubt to your own salvation, notify the elders of your church. They will be willing to help you settle this important question.