The Bible says in 1 John 5:13 to you that have received Jesus as your savior, “I have written these things to you that you may know that you have eternal life.” Yet we still doubt this is true at times and often wonder “how do I know I’m saved”.
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Accepting Jesus as your God, Lord, and Savior is required to be saved. That’s important to know before we can move forward. God doesn’t negotiate on that point.
Salvation is the gift of adoption into God’s family. WOW. How fortunate are we to be chosen by God Himself?
Being saved cuts through the ego and allows His truths to penetrate us. So pinch yourself daily if you are having difficulty believing He would choose you if that’s what it takes. Why me? Why you? Why not us?
Does God allow everyone to be saved? Jesus prepaid our salvation and says all can take it or leave it as they will. So yes. The only unforgivable sin is not believing in Jesus as God, Lord, and Savior. Everything else you’ve done can be washed away through His work on the cross. And I mean everything.
True Christians receive the gift of salvation and improve on the following 11 traits as they follow Jesus and mature in God’s truth. This is your assurance of salvation:
How Do I Know I’m Saved
- Love for God
- Repent from sin
- Genuine humility
- Devotion to God’s glory
- Continual prayer
- Selfless love
- Separation from the world
- Spiritual growth
- Obedient living
- Hunger for God’s word
- Transformation of life
Love for God
Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. – Psalm 73:25
The church is meant to be with Jesus forever, and we’re ready for the wedding feast to begin in Heaven. This anticipation of the ending church age is what it means to be rapture ready in my household.
Repentance from Sin
Children that love their fathers tend to model their behaviors after them. This is why Christians try to eliminate sin from their lives and ask forgiveness for their daily stumbles.
Are you trying to honor your God in Heaven with obedient behavior? It all begins with asking forgiveness and avoiding sin as much as possible going forward.
This battle is the daily Christian struggle that will not end until we see Him in Heaven.
Jesus says it best in The Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:3-11.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit
- Blessed are those who mourn
- Blessed are the gentle
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
- Blessed are the merciful
- Blessed are the pure in heart
- Blessed are the peacemakers
- Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness
- Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Blessed means happy, fortunate, and blissful.
Jesus, according to The MacArthur Study Bible, is “describing the divinely bestowed well-being that belongs only to the faithful.” Wow. The formula for happiness has been here all along, and we don’t need some “best selling self-help” guru pushing fake virtue on us anymore.
We’ve got the real deal Christian. Let’s turn our personalities away from narcissistic, selfish, and ugly desires so that we can be whole. Religion doesn’t save us: Jesus does.
Here’s an action plan for blessings based on what we now know:
- Realize that you are lost and hopeless without divine grace.
- Sin should cause sorrow or sadness in our lives.
- Do not lose control of yourself. Be gentle and steady.
- Let God define righteousness (not you) and seek it.
- Forgive and don’t hold a grudge because it corrupts you.
- Don’t be fake.
- Display sincere good will towards everyone because your enemies can also repent and receive grace.
- Following Jesus catches the attention of evil. Persecution should be expected.
Devotion to God’s Glory
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31
No more ego. Enough said.
What are we supposed to pray about? Everything. Full bandwidth.
How often are we supposed to pray? Constantly. Non-stop.
He expects us to communicate with Him because He is our eternal Father. The world will say you’re crazy, but we all know what crazy looks like in these last days. Find your voice.
Following Jesus means not being a habitual hater or having the type of lifestyle that causes you to walk in darkness. We are to walk in light so that we know where we’re going and do not stumble.
Some people are hard to love though. Folks that revel in sin have their hearts hardened and do not get the option of salvation. Jesus says to them “I never knew you” and closes the door. It’s a relationship remember?
So remember to hate the world and not the people in it. This evil world hates Jesus through you because Satan knows God loves you. True Christians are adopted into God’s family. That’s why you are persecuted.
Your neighbors just need a good teammate and Christian example.
Separation from the World
1 Corinthians 2:12 says that “we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we know the things freely given to us by God.”
So God sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and gave us His Word to study. This is where and how we learn His truths after being born again. Jesus sent us the teacher and the guide to righteousness.
Salvation through rapture is immanent according to Bible prophesy. We should invite Him in and begin transforming ourselves according to His Word immediately. You don’t do that by holding onto the world too tightly.
This nasty world is not your reward.
The MacArthur Study Bible has some notes concerning this about Luke 8:15.
- Hear the Word: Understand and believe.
- Hold the Word: be indefinitely obedient.
- Bear fruit: act according to the Word and good works will follow.
Hear more of the word and repeat. Don’t become a person that requires trauma in order to change.
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.Matthew 7:14
How? See spiritual growth above.
Hunger for God’s Word
Spiritual growth is always preceded by a phase of delight in God’s Word. God put you into this world, made sure you learned how to read, and wrote a “who you are” user manual to eternal life. That’s how much He loves you. Wow!
We should be interested in what He has to say.
Transformation of Life
When you’re “in Christ” you are a new creature. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “…the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
- You have a new spiritual perception
- You now live for eternity
- Old plans are gone
- God is now a constant reality for you
- You have a faith that produces works
Hopefully these 11 assurances of salvation will embolden you to dive into a study bible with the desire to understand the Word of God and grow your relationship with Jesus.
That wraps up the 11 assurances of salvation so that we can answer how do I know I’m saved.