God wants you to know for sure that you have eternal life. Eternal life is not based on your feelings, but on the facts found in the Bible. Let’s look at a few of these facts.
1. Your assurance is based on the Word of God. The Bible states in John 3:16 and 1 John 5:11-13 that God wants you to know that you have eternal life. Read these verses and even underline them in your Bible.
2. Your assurance is based on the promises of God. What are the promises found in the following two verses? Romans 10:9; John 5:24
3. Your assurance is based on the character of God. A promise is only as reliable as the person who makes it. That is why the assurance of your salvation rests on God’s character. What do these verses teach about His character? 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; Hebrews 10:23
The Bible teaches us that God is faithful (reliable, steadfast, trustworthy and stable). You can believe the promises in the Bible because you know the Promisor. God, your loving Father, is absolutely faithful. Nothing will change His mind about your salvation. Nothing will separate you from His love. Your relationship to God through Jesus is secure.
Also, what does God’s work say about the security of your salvation? Read Romans 8:38-39. Can any circumstance separate you from God?
4. Your assurance is based on the Spirit of God. To further assure you of your salvation, God has sent living, daily proof of your relationship. Just as an official seal is placed on a contract between two individuals to guarantee the contract’s validity, God has given a seal (a guarantee) of His promise to you. Read Ephesians 1:13-14. What is the seal given by God as a guarantee of His promise?
The Holy Spirit at work within you is indisputable proof of your salvation. The Holy Spirit’s work in your life will bring changes. Some changes will be gradual; some will be instant. The inward and outward changes that result are the final proof of your salvation.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. What changes have you seen in your life since you committed it to Jesus Christ?
The assurance of your salvation is based on
- The Word of God
- The promises of God
- The character of God
- The Spirit of God
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