12 Bottles of Milk for New Believers

Written by: C.E. Tatham

Chapter 2- HOW CAN I KNOW that I am saved?

Some people say that they are saved and they know it. They are absolutely certain that God has saved them and given them eternal life because they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

Can we be sure that we are saved while we are still in this world? We certainly can. The apostle John wrote that we know we have crossed over from death to life, 1 John 3:14. Paul told the Thessalonian Christians that he had brought them the Gospel with complete conviction that it is true, 1 Thessalonians 1:5. He knew that people can surely be saved if they believe this Gospel message. "Assurance" means to know for sure that you are saved.

Who can have this assurance?

Only those who have believed in Christ. These people have been born again by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and have become members of God's family, John 1:12,13. Some people trust in other things to save them rather than trusting in Christ, but they will find out later that these things cannot save them. Only the sheep of the Lord Jesus Christ can be sure that they have eternal life and rejoice in that fact, John 10:27,28.

How can a person obtain assurance?

First let us think of how we do NOT get assurance.

1. Not by our feelings. Our feelings can deceive us. A person may feel well, even though he is seriously ill. The five foolish girls in Matthew 25:1-13 felt that they were ready to join in the wedding feast, but they were left outside. This will also be true of the people we read about in Matthew 7:22,23 and Luke 13:25-27. It is possible for a person to feel that he is saved when he is really trusting in his religion and not in Christ. Millions of people have been deceived in this way. Feelings can never make a person certain that he has eternal life, but when a person is sure he is saved he will probably feel happy.

Here is the right order:

  1. We learn the facts about our sins and the salvation God has provided for us.
  2. We believe these facts and accept Christ as our Saviour.
  3. We feel happy because we know we are saved.
So, we have:
  1. Facts
  2. Faith
  3. Feelings

2. Not by belonging to some church or obeying the rules of our own religion. Neither of these things can save us or make us sure that we have eternal life. At the end of a Gospel service, the preacher might ask people to put up their hand or stand up to show that they want to believe in Christ, but doing this will not give anyone assurance that he is saved. Perhaps he will feel saved for a while, but when difficulties come he will soon begin to doubt that he was saved at all. Let us not allow Satan to make us think that we are safe, when we are not really trusting in Christ.

Now let us think of how we CAN have assurance:

1. The witness of the Word of God. The apostle John wrote verses 9 to 12 of 1 John 5 so that we may believe on the name of the Son of God and be certain that we are saved, 1 John 5:13. Be sure to read these verses. Every day, we believe the witness that men give, when we believe the things they say. We should certainly believe what God says will happen when we believe in His Son. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. How do we know? Because God says so!

Abraham was certain that God would give him a son even though he and his wife were too old to have children. What made him so sure? He believed what God had told him, Romans 4:20,21. Noah built an ark in which he and his family were saved. What made him think that there would be a flood? He believed what God had said, Hebrews 11:7.

Rahab asked the spies to swear that they would not destroy her father's family and to give her something to prove that they would keep their promise, Joshua 2:12. What did they give her? Their promise. They promised that she and her house would not be destroyed with the rest of the city. Rahab believed their words and they did what they had promised, Joshua 6:22,23.

The angel of the Lord went through all the land of Egypt to destroy the oldest son in every home. God told the angel not to enter any house where the father had put blood over the door on the outside. The first-born sons knew they were safe because God had said so, Exodus 12:13. The blood made them safe; God's Word made them sure.

Here's a question for you: What does true understanding bring?
(see Colossians 2:2) _________________________________

2. The witness of the Holy Spirit. We read about the witness of the Holy Spirit in three different ways in the New Testament:

His witness TO us. The Holy Spirit gives us His witness, Hebrews 10:15.
What does He witness about? The work which the Lord Jesus Christ completed on the cross for us and which is sufficient to save us. He tells us that believers are made perfect forever because of that sacrifice, Hebrews 10:14.
The Spirit does not often tell us about the work He does in us; He makes us think of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ for us.
His witness WITH us. The Holy Spirit joins Himself with our spirits
to declare that we are God's children, Romans 8:16. The person who has been born again knows that he is a child of God and the Holy Spirit says so, too. Our own spirits and the Holy Spirit agree that we are children of God.
Let us note again that the Holy Spirit joins His witness to that of our spirits, the part of us which thinks and judges things, not to our bodies or souls to make us feel good.
His witness IN us. Those who believe on the Son of God have the witness of
the Holy Spirit in themselves to tell them that the value of Christ's death will last forever, 1 John 5:10. Those who believe on the Son of God have a witness outside themselves. This witness is the Word of God. They also have the witness in themselves, the witness of the Holy Spirit. This witness is completely separate from the Word of God, because the Spirit makes the Word of God to speak to their hearts and consciences.

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