How Do I Know I’m Saved

How Do I Know I’m Saved

 

Perhaps you have already trusted Jesus Christ as your own Savior, yet . . . you’re not sure if what you did took hold in your life. God loves you and wants you to fully experience the peace and life that only He can give, including knowing without a doubt that you belong to Him. So, let’s start from the very beginning and review the steps you took when you turned your life over to God.

Being at peace with God is not automatic because human beings by nature are separated from God. The Bible says, “everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence” (Romans 3:23). Romans 6:23 adds: “sin pays its wage — death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.” Humanity has tried to bridge this separation in many ways — through good deeds or religious acts, for example — but none of these things are enough to close the gap between God and humans.

God’s love is the only way to bridge the gap of separation between God and humanity. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for our sins. In the Bible, Jesus Christ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me” (John 14:6). It also says, “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

If we have surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ and accepted His death on the cross as payment for our personal sins, we now belong to Him. The Bible says this about those who received Jesus and believed in Him: “He gave them the right to become God’s children” (John 1:12).

Sinning doesn’t mean we lose our relationship wit God. If it did, then every little slip-up would put us in jeopardy and Christ’s death, which covers all our sins, would be useless. Nor does waking up one morning “not feeling saved” mean that we’re in spiritual danger. While feelings are a part of life, they are not an indicator of truth. Compare our relationship with God to a marriage. Any married couple will have to admit that sometimes they just don’t feel in love. Their feelings, however, don’t mean that they are no longer married.

Again, good deeds and religious acts don’t give you salvation. However, wanting to serve God and to change your actions are indicators that you belong to Him (see Galatians 5:22-24). The Bible strongly states that true believers have a clear desire to live in a way that honors the Lord: “If, then, we say that we have fellowship with Him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions” (1 John 1:6). Jesus Christ gives us this promise, “ I give them eternal life, and they shall never die. No one can snatch them away from me” (John 10:28). If you know in your heart that you have committed your life to Christ but you doubt your salvation, look to God’s Word for assurance:

God accepts everyone who calls on His name (Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13).

God will never push us away (John 6:37).

God’s love endures forever (Psalm 136).

We cannot be separated from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39).

© Starting Point Study Bible

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Life After Death

Life After Death

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“He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” ~Jesus

Two men were discussing what happens after death here on earth and one of them said that since they were both Christians, it was certain that they would not really die but pass from this life into the next, living forever with God. The second man, however expressed doubts about that, saying he sure hoped it was true.

Are you a Christian? Have you expressed faith in Jesus Christ? If so, the Bible promises that you will spend eternity with God. The following are Bible verses that give all Christians assurance of eternal life with God.

John 11:25-26  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 10:10-11  “I came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

1 Peter 1:3-5  “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.”

John 10:27-30  “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

John 6:35-40  Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”

John 6:47, 51  “I assure you, anyone who believes in Me already has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life. . .I am that Living Bread that came down out of heaven.”  

Romans 8:38  “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”

John 3:16 “ God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.”

It is by faith that we are saved and our sins forgiven. It is by that same faith that we believe in eternal life with our Heavenly Father…without exception.

The Road to Emmaus

The Road to Emmaus

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CARVAGGIO: SUPPER AT EMMAUS (1601)


Luke 24:19-32  ~New Living Translation (NLT)


“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”

Salvation!

Salvation!

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Acts 4:10-12  Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

‘The stone that you builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.’

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

  • 2 Timothy 2:1-6  I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.
  • John 14:6-7  Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.If you have really known me, you will also know the Father.
  • John 3:3  Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again.”
  • John 3:14-16  As Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. Then whoever puts his trust in Him will have life that lasts forever. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Whoever puts his trust in God’s Son will not be lost but will have life that lasts forever.
  • John 5:24  I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
  • John 6:40  This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.
  • Acts 2:21  It will be that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved from the punishment of sin.
  • Romans 10:9-10, 13  If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved…Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  • 1 John 5:11-12  And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
  • Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Our Assurance In Christ

Our Assurance In Christ

“My sheep listen to My voice—no one can snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28

 

            The Bible has assured all believers, those who have faith in Christ, that we will have eternal life with God, walking the streets of New Jerusalem with our Lord someday. And yet, so many Christians still struggle with self-worth and the possible dread of not measuring up because of bad behavior or sinful thoughts. In some cases, it is the past that haunts Christians, diminishing their life in Christ.

            Two men were talking about eternal life and the hope that awaits all believers. One of the men had convinced himself that he was not worthy of such a reward because of his sins.

            “I’ve done too many things that go against God’s commandments. I’ve sinned too many times. I’d like to believe God will forgive me but I’m not sure He will. I really doubt that I will be in heaven.”

            “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior?”

            “Yes, of course. I believed in Jesus many years ago.”

            “What about the total forgiveness Jesus talks about?”

            “I think I’ve sinned too many times. I just don’t see that I am worthy.”

            “You’ve been made worthy by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus. His blood, his death paid the penalty of sin for everyone who believes. When Holy God looks at you, He sees you through the filter of the blood of Christ. He sees you as pure and perfect. You’ve got to remember, it is never about earning our salvation. Jesus did not die for a few worthy people, he died for all humanity, every sinner, just like you and me. You must believe what the Bible says about who we are after we become His followers. “

 

            John 11:25-26  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

            John 10:10-11  I came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly. 11“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

            1 Peter 1:3-5    All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

            John 10:27-30   My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”

            John 6:35-40   Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”

            1 John 4:4    But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

            Romans 8:38   And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

            2 Corinthians 5:17   This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

            Matthew 11:28-30   Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

            God is real and so is the enemy of our souls, Satan. We live in a battleground, a spiritual war that rages every second of every day. If we choose to walk away from God, we become vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. If we align ourselves with God through faith in Jesus, we are outfitted with the armor of God, which includes a shield of faith that deflects the fiery darts of the enemy and the all-powerful Sword of the Spirit…which is God’s Word!

Investing In Eternity

Investing In Eternity

Only what we have invested in the eternity of souls will last forever. Author unknown

 

            Investing money to make a profit has always been risky business simply because no mere mortal can predict the future. Within the last few years, risky investments via home mortgage loans have brought wholesale greed, personal loss and financial devastation around the world. More than one country has declared bankruptcy and others are on the brink. Our great country, although not admitted to by our leadership, is in the most precarious financial position of its rather short life (short in comparison to many across the ocean who’ve been around for thousands of years).

            Bernie Madoff, a child of Abraham, now rots away in prison, after stealing billions of dollars from all manner of people, including elderly Jewish friends and wealthy famous people. Bernie’s focus was obviously on himself and this world. Not only has Bernie’s family been shamed by his actions, one of his sons hanged himself in his New York apartment, while his young son slept in the next room.

            If we are willing to admit it, the world as we know it is in the throes of a great financial calamity. Unless we are living like the proverbial Ostrich who hides his head in the sand, we can see changes for the worse covering our globe like a plague. And many of us are wringing our hands, biting our lips and scheduling appointments with our pastors wondering what will happen to us? The answer is in the Word of God. The world is heading to an end. A fiery climax that will melt with a fervent heat. Where is our focus?

  • 2 Peter 3:10-12  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? KJV
  • Revelation 6:14  The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
  • Revelation 20:11  Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
  • Revelation 21:1  Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
  • Matthew 24:35  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away. 
  • 1 Corinthians 7:32 For this world in its current form is passing away.     

            As Christians we must look each other in the eye and declare, “Snap out of it. We are children of the most high God and we have an eternal destiny with Him—a sin-free world filled with joy and love. It is a world in which bad or worrisome thoughts will never occur. A magnificent world awaits us because of our faith in Jesus Christ. So we must shift our focus on living for Christ while we remain here on earth.”

           

  • Romans 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
  • Galatians 6:14  But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters, instead, is a new creation.
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:10  And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
  • Hebrews 12:1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
  • Hebrews 10:35  So don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised.
  • 1 John 2:15-17  Don’t love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them. 16 Everything that is in the world—the craving for whatever the body feels, the craving for whatever the eyes see and the arrogant pride in one’s possessions—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world and its cravings are passing away, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.

 

            God created us. He saved our souls and He has prepared a fool-proof plan for our escape from the sins of the world. Instead of the advice: Take two pills and get lots of rest, He has said, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7