Most people don't like to take tests. It makes them nervous. Some occupations require passing a test before you can be licensed to work, such as Nursing, Law, Civil Service jobs and many others. This can create a lot of anxiety in people. Waiting to find out if you passed is very stressful.
When I was in high school I had a teacher who told us that if we had an A in the class we wouldn’t have to take the final exam. I didn’t like to take finals, so I worked hard at making an A. The Monday of finals week the teacher posted the grades. I looked and I had an A-. I was relieved; I wouldn’t have to take the final exam. Then the teacher told me that I would have to take the final exam because only those who had an A were exempt and I had an A-. I argued that an A- was still an A but it didn’t do me any good. I had to take the final exam.
Many Christians go through life like they are in school, always wondering how they are doing in their grades, and are they making a passing grade. They spend their lives in anxiety about the outcome.
They have the belief that they cannot know if they are saved or lost! Many don't have that assurance of salvation.
The Bible has a lot to say on this topic. You can have assurance that you are saved.
How many people here are married? How many of you don't know if you're married or not? How do you know that you are married? You can know if your married or not. Well can you know if you are saved? Surely you can know. How many know that you are going to be married 10 years from now for sure? Now that’s a different question isn’t it?
We can know if we are saved today, but only God knows the future. But let us not be bashful about knowing in our heart whether or not we are in a saved condition right now. We need to know that. Philippians 4:7 tells us that, "God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus".
The devil doesn't want you to know if we are saved or not! He is your accuser. Revelation 12:10 tells us , “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
Satan wants you to believe that God has made impossible demands on you and that you cannot measure up to what God want’s from you. Too often Christians not only believe his lies but spread them to others.
Works oriented Christians know they don’t measure up. They know that the wages of sin is death. They have a hard time believing that eternal life is actually a gift of God. Jesus wants you to know in your heart that you are saved. In John 6:47 Jesus says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life”.
He who believes on Jesus has everlasting life. If you believe, you have it. Is there a doubt there? There is no doubt. Do you believe that verse? Many Christians do not believe that verse, or John 3:16 where Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.
That's clear, isn't it? It's very simple. So, how do you know if you're saved or not? If you believe in Jesus, if you trust in Jesus, if you have faith in Jesus, you have eternal life. It's that simple.
Let’s look at John 20:31, "But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." How do you get that life? By believing. Isn't that beautiful? By believing you have life.
If you believe, you have it. You are saved, if you believe.
You can read my blog post on the four steps to salvation here.