ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”   Romans 8:35

          In all the years I have been sharing the gospel I have come in contact with several people that believe it is impossible for a person to know for certain that they are going to heaven. My response has always been the same; “Where does one find comfort and joy in that philosophy?” I say they are wrong! We can know! And here is how- “THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.” First John 5:13 says;

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

          John tells us that we can know without a doubt that we are going to heaven when we die. I find this assurance by reading the Bible!

          The second argument I hear all the time comes from those who don’t like the fact that we as Baptist hold to the doctrine of eternal security. The truth that we cannot lose our salvation is biblical. Perhaps we get criticized for this belief because so many “so called” believers are living in open sin and when confronted claim that they are “once saved always saved.” The only comment I will make at this point is that they need to read the Word! That is a lie out of Hell! To think that a person can live in open sin before God and trample on His saving grace by dishonoring Him with their life. They had better read 1 John; they might not be saved in the first place!

          When I take time to read, I find Scriptures like the following that bring assurance:

John 10:27-29

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”

John 3:15-16

“That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” 

Hebrews 7:25

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

1 Peter 1:3-5

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Romans 8:31-39

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

     “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

For Further Study

1.      Read Romans 8:31-39 and list all the things that cannot separate us from God’s love.

2.    What did Jesus mean in John 10 that “nothing can snatch them out of My hand”?

3.    Peter said that we were eternally secure because we are kept by the _______________ of God.

4.    Do you believe in eternal security?

5.     Are you living a sinful life expecting God to accept you this way just because you believe in once saved always saved? If so, read 1 John.

Today’s Prayer

          Father God, I want to thank You that I am eternally secure by your loving power. My joy and faith are strengthened by knowing that I cannot be separated from Your love. I ask that You help me keep alert in my daily living so that I will not use eternal security as a license to sin. Help me to show others how they too can have the assurance of salvation in Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.