November 29, 2015

Can I Know I'm Saved?

                                                "The Good Shepherd" by Waiting For The Word/ for the word/5691333367


I've written now about the the way of salvation, as far as initial salvation goes, but what about our life down here and the future beyond this life? That too, is a part of salvation, and this is what we want to explore today!

So yes, it is true that once we are initially saved, that we will never lose our salvation. Why? Because Christ made full and not partial payment for our sin! More on that in a bit, but for now let us define what is meant by the three parts of salvation. Well, as said, the first part is that act of faith in the Savior who saves us from the consequences of our sin. For we read, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) Then, secondly, we have this life. Here, He saved us from the power or dominion of sin. God says, “Sin will no longer have dominion over you.” (Romans 6:14a) Then comes the third and final stage of our salvation, deliverance from the very presence of sin in Heaven. Yes, this is also a part of salvation, but it obviously has as yet not happened! For it is written, “For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11b) So, there we have it, the three parts of salvation!

Now, just to touch briefly on the thoughts regarding whether we can lose our salvation or not. Well, did Jesus purchase us a full, or a partial salvation? If it is indeed full, then it includes all three parts of that salvation, including our future in Heaven above! Further to that, the Word says that upon believing, “We should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16b) Notice, it says that that we “have,” present tense, “everlasting life”! How, I ask, can you lose something that has no end? Also, Hebrews 7:25 says, “He is able to save to the uttermost [completely] those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Look, if we can lose our salvation, then the fault would be with Jesus! It is clearly He who saves, and not us! If we could lose our salvation, then Jesus would be to blame for not “make[ing] intercession for [us].”

Someone may bring up Hebrews six, but we must first realize that you never interpret a clear passage of Scripture with an obscure/difficult passage of Scripture, but always the reverse. Now, we must realize the context of the Hebrews passage. Who is it addressed to? It is written to Jews. Are you a Jew? Likely not. This speaks of those who tasted of the truth of Christianity and the New Covenant (New Agreement), and either have, or are contemplating going back to Judaism. Though they were never actually saved in the first place. That is what is being addressed there. So then, to get “unsaved,” you would have to pay back Christ the death He died for you and kick the Holy Spirit out who has come to take up permanent residence in you! And yes, somehow undo “eternal life”. So I ask, are you stronger than God?

So, can we know that we are saved and will be in Heaven for sure? The Word of God says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may KNOW that you HAVE eternal life.” (1John 5:13) How can we “know” these things with such a certainty? When we are trusting that Jesus, who is God, is able to fully save us, because we trust that what He did was enough, and we don't need to help God out at all. We are simply resting in Him and His finished work on our behalf!

See you next time, for a look into the future, for our last segment of this six part series!

Victor J. Reimer

*Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), copyrighted © 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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