Wed, Aug 11th - 5:18PM
Question For Professed Christians: Are You Saved?
While there may be occasions in which a child of God may have doubts about salvation, this does not happen as often as supposed. Many professed believers have doubts about their salvation simply because they are not saved, and many unregenerate professors of faith are convinced that they are saved because they believe myths, misconceptions, and unscriptural theories about salvation.
Many believe they are saved merely because they had a religious experience, but a religious experience does not necessarily mean salvation. You can bathe and brush your teeth religiously (and you should), but this won’t save you from Hell. Many refer to certain works or ceremonies as the reason to believe they are saved, but this tends to indicate the opposite: Salvation is a personal experience with Jesus Christ and is through the finished work of Calvary, not the shed blood of Jesus Christ and additional supplements. (John 3:13-16; Acts 2:21; 10:43; Romans 4:5; 5:1-2,8-11; I Corinthians 15:1-4; II Corinthians 5:17-18; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5-6; Hebrews 5:9; I Peter 1:3; I John 5:20)
It worries me when someone says they were so young that they don’t remember much about the experience. For one thing, if you had an experience that you don’t remember much about then you didn’t have much of an experience.
Did you repent? (Mark 1:14-15; Luke 13:3; Psalm 34:18; 51:1-4,17; Isaiah 55:6,7; 57:15; 66:2) Many describe a salvation experience that did not include repentance, which indicates that they are not saved. A mere belief without genuine repentance is not saving faith. (Acts 3:19) Faith and repentance can be described as the two sides of the same coin, as they are inseparable; repentance is the turning from sin to God, and faith is the turning to Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) for salvation. (Acts 20:21) Repentance is necessary for salvation; it is the effective agent for forgiveness and remission of sins through the power of the cross. (Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30-31; I Corinthians 1:17; II Corinthians 7:10)
In which Jesus did you believe and how do you describe Jesus Christ? Many describe Jesus Christ as everything but God in the flesh Who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died, was buried, was bodily resurrected, and in heaven today has a glorified human body. Faith always has an object and the proper object of saving faith is Jesus Christ, and more specifically, the Jesus Christ Who is presented in Scripture. (John 3:13-16; I Corinthians 15:1-4; II Corinthians 11:4; I Timothy 2:5; I John 4:2,3; II John7)
Did God change you? (John 3:3-6; II Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5-7)
Does the Holy Spirit bear witness that you are a child of God? (Romans 8:14-16)
If you have doubts about salvation you should go to Jesus as a lost sinner seeking salvation. What if you go to Jesus for salvation and don’t need it? God will forgive you. It would be better to seek salvation and not need it than to finish this life hoping in a counterfeit salvation.