There is one question every Christian has struggled with: “Am I truly saved?” The reason for this struggle is because of the eternal impact if the answer is: “No”. The devil makes Christians doubt their salvation because he doesn’t want Christian’s to live in the freedom of Christ’s redemption. But the devil even deceives people to think you are saved, when in reality you are not saved. But how can someone know they are truly saved? Ask yourself these three questions:
1. Was There a Time You Repented of Your Sin and Trusted in Jesus Alone for Salvation?
If you have never made the decision to follow Jesus, then you are not a Christian. Being a Christian is not a hobby, but a way of life as an overflow of what Jesus did to rescue you from your sins. You may not remember the exact day or time, but that is not the question. The question is: was there a point in your life that you repent of your sin and trusted in Jesus alone for salvation?
Salvation is the act of an individual repenting of their sins and trusting (belief) in Jesus alone to rescue them from their sin; and God acts in rescuing them from the penalty of sin, restores them to a healthy relationship with God, and promises to give them eternal life in heaven. Did you repent of your sin? Sin is falling short of how God created us to live. Repentance is confessing you are a sinner and making a decision to live in obedience to God. Belief is trusting in Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection to save you. Was there a moment when you did this? If not, what is keeping you from making the decision to follow Jesus?
2. Is There An Increasing Love for God and Others in Your Life?
Once you become a Christian, you start to live differently. Two changes that come is a love for God and others. Jesus summed loving God and others as the two most important commandments (Matt. 22:34-40). Read 1 John 2:3-6 and 1 John 3:14-16.
If you are a new Christian, there is a chance you have not noticed an increase of love for God and others. That is okay if you do not see it now, but hopefully you will see it soon. But this is not a requirement for salvation, but a sign of Christ in you because when we live every day focusing on what Christ has done to save us, our love for God and others increases. If your love for God and others has not increased since your profession of faith, then you may not be a Christian.
3. Are You Living in a Habit of Sin?
Sin is falling short of how God has created us to live. Sin is what separated us from God and caused God to send Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Thank goodness God loves us to enough to provide a Rescuer for us. the point that he would provide the way of salvation for us. But after some come to faith they make a habit of sin. This does not mean everyone in a habit of sin is not saved because we have to remember we are all sinners. Sinning does not make us lose our salvation, but it can be sign we are not saved. Read 1 John 3:4-6.
Let’s make this clear. First, you will continue to sin every day. Second, sin does not make you lose their salvation. Three, sin is what causes a separation between you and God. So because of these three truths, we have to be careful with this point. John is not speaking about if you sin everyday because John sinned everyday just like you and me. What John is speaking of is a love for sin. A better question to ask yourself is “Do you hate or love sin?” A hate of sin does not mean you stop sinning, but you hate what it does to your relationship with God. A love of sin means you do not care what God thinks about your sin with no remorse over your sin. If you have a love for sin, then this may be a sign that you are not a Christian.
Did this help? If your answer is yes then praise God, live in Christ’ freedom. If not, will you decide to follow Jesus? Will you receive him or reject him. To receive him, pray to God in your own words these four things:
- Confess to God you are a sinner and you are making a decision to walk in obedience to God (this is repentance).
- Confess to God you are trusting in Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection to save you from your sin (this is belief)
- Ask God to help you walk in obedience to Him as you experience this new relationship with God.
- Thank God for saving you and forgiving you of your sins.