How does one know he is saved?

This is our answer to Randy’s question: “How does one who obeys God know he is saved?”

Without going into a discussion about God’s love, grace, mercy, Christ’s merits, and the cross which are given factors in salvation, the question at issue is at what point in time along the steps given by God does forgiveness of sin occur?

We should view our respective sinful life in three stages: (1) Being alien sinners, how are sins repented of forgiven initially? (2) As we journey our born again life we commit sins, how are these sins repented of forgiven? and (3) At the end of the ages, at the Judgment Day, how do we know that we are to enter the Heaven, the home of the saved?

First, an alien sinner graduates from Satan’s Kingdom into Christ’s Kingdom by taking the following steps: Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, Be Baptized. (Please see previous posting). On the point of baptism, a person receives forgiveness or washing away of his sins by the power of Christ’s blood. Read Mk 16:16, Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Gal. 3:27; Romans 6:1-12. How do we know that one is forgiven? Well, that’s what the Holy Spirit inspired in the verses submitted. God could not lie.

Second, once a person is born again, as he journeys this earthly life striving for a godly life and encountering difficulties he could stumble and sin so he needs to repent and confess his sins and pray for forgiveness. Read Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:7-8. How does one know he is forgiven? Faith and genuine repentance must be present. Forgiveness is assured.If so, then it must be true because that’s what the Holy Spirit says in His inspired passages and God cannot lie.Read Titus 1:2; Romans 3:4.

Third, we situate ourselves at the Judgment Day. Read 1 Peter 1:9.It tells about the salvation of the soul. Over there at the Judgment Day we shall hear the final verdict, the salvation of our souls. Read the conditions given in Matt. 7:21-23 as the basis of welcome into the heavenly abode.

How sure are we? Well, it’s like asking other questions: “How do we know that God created the heavenly bodies and the earth?” It is true because the Book He inspired says so. “How do we know there’s heaven and Christ is preparing a place for the saved?” Well, the inspired Book says it is so, so it must be true or else God is a liar. But God is not a liar.

In short, it is by faith and confidence in the credibility of God who keeps His promises.

If you’ve further questions, we’ll be glad to entertain them.-E.T. #

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