On Christian radio call-in programs, I’ve often heard people ask how to validate one’s salvation. People say that despite their sincere belief in the Gospel, they don’t “feel” saved. Others say that they have asked Christ to save them over and over again.
It saddens me that people have these doubts and fears, because Scripture is full of promises that assure us we can’t lose our salvation. If we have believed in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us and have invited him in to our hearts and lives, we’re saved.
Always and forever, amen.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. – John 10:28
Unfortunately, we sometimes allow our own feelings and insecurities to transcend God’s promises. In those situations, it’s comforting to have a wise Christian friend, counselor, or pastor who can offer us a fresh look at familiar Bible verses.
In a sermon I listened to this week, Dr. David Jeremiah said that he asks those concerned about the validity of their salvation to take a look back through their Christian lives.
Have they grown spiritually since the time of their salvation? Have they become more like Christ? Have they have experienced new life through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit?
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 6:11
As Dr. Jeremiah simply said, “Living things grow.”
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. – John 15:4
Like any living thing, we may go through spiritual growth spurts; in times of drought, we may grow very little.
Both extremes have certainly happened in my own life. But I can look back to the moment I prayed for salvation, and I can see that I have become more like Christ. I hesitate to say that, as I have such a long, long way to go in becoming a consistently godly person. But I have seen growth, and that’s encouraging! It keeps me pressing on.
It assures me that my salvation is not some fairy tale, but as real as anything tangible of this world.
Are you confident in your salvation? What promise of God is most reassuring to you? I do so enjoy your comments.