How do you know if you are saved? Many a Christian has at one time or another asked this question about the certainty of their own salvation. It’s quite possible that you are reading this because you doubt your salvation.
Let’s look at what God tells us in the Scriptures.
And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Compare to NASB, NIV)
When the jailer realises that Paul and Silas had chosen to remain in jail instead of escaping, he asks them what is perhaps the most important question he would ever ask in his life. Believe in Jesus was their reply.
Paul also answers this question in the book of Romans.
By looking at Acts 16:27-31 and Romans 10:9, salvation can be defined as believing that Jesus is Lord (who He says He is) and confessing that God has raised Him from the dead (that He has paid for our sins and conquered death and seated at the right-hand of God the Father).
There is a difference between truly choosing to believe something and us simply saying we believe.
This is not merely an intellectual or emotional decision, but a choice that each person makes with the help of the Holy Spirit. Believing in Jesus is not just a matter of accepting the fact in your mind but embracing that truth in your heart and then living it out in your life, again, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus tells us plenty about what salvation is supposed look like in the life of a Christian. Take for example John 15:4-8.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (Compare to NASB, NIV)
Jesus makes it clear that those who are saved are the ones who abide in Him and understand that apart from Him, they can do nothing. Jesus also tells us that when we remain in Him and as a result bear fruit (to bear fruit is to reflect our love for Jesus in our words, thoughts, actions and attitude), we are glorifying the Father and declaring to the world that we are disciples of Jesus.
Notice that Jesus also warns us about what happens to those who don’t remain in Him. Those who don’t remain in Christ wither and they are cast into the fire. You can spin it any way you like to make it not appear harsh but this is straight from the mouth of Jesus Himself. Jesus also makes this clear in Matthew 7:21-23.
It doesn’t matter who we are, what our background is, what our position in church is or how long you have been a Christian, what matters most is that we have an ongoing relationship with Jesus.
This is not about a list of things to do to be an acceptable Christian in God’s eyes.
Our works is a reflection of our love for and faith in Jesus, not the criteria by which our worth is measured or what determines if we will make the cut!
Spend time with the Lord. Read His Word and meditate on it. Listen to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead you.
Walk with Jesus, one day at a time. He didn’t leave us alone either.
Don’t place your trust and faith in Christians who could lead you astray, instead, choose to trust the Holy Spirit and let Him lead you every moment of your life.
The Holy Spirit will never cause us to doubt our salvation or make us wonder whether we are saved.
God bless you.