Sure About Salvation!

Written by M. Larson

Sure of heavenI believed in Jesus for as long as I could remember, and I was always a very religious girl. Then when I was 18, I married a sailor and we drove 3,000 miles to the base to which he had been transferred. After a while I fell away from church and started drinking and gambling with the new friends my husband and I made. Oh, I was very with it!

But when I was 24, the Holy Spirit used a co-worker’s dedicated Christian life and testimony to convict me of my self-centered, worldly way of life. Then someone left a salvation tract on my desk. As the Scripture in it reminded me how Jesus Christ had died for my sins, I wept and repented; and I turned back to the Lord.

Several years later, however, I got to thinking, “I can’t remember ever “receiving” Jesus Christ as my Savior–not even that day I wept over the tract. Am I really saved–or not?” And that began to trouble me.

One day I knelt and said, “Lord, you know I love You. But if I never truly received You as my Savior, I do it right now!” Then I turned to John 1:12 and wrote the date–and had peace. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Lulled by false promises

Millions of people think they are Christians because they grew up in various churches deemed to be Christian. “Are you a Christian?” you might ask them.

“Of course! What do you think–I’m a heathen?” they’d reply.

They have various reasons for believing they’re Christians. They grew up in a church or a religious family. They were baptized. They tried to live good lives. Their good outweighed their bad. They worked hard in their churches. For them, salvation all centers on what they do. But the Bible says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Mary Gilliam had grown up in a church that had many rules for holiness. So she didn’t smoke, drink, wear makeup, cut her hair, go mixed bathing; and she felt pretty good about herself. But finally, when in her 40’s, Mary became troubled in her heart. “I’ve tried to be a good person, she thought–but have I ever truly trusted in Christ as my Savior–instead of myself?”

One day she received a long-distance call from her son who was studying for the ministry. “Mom!” he exclaimed. “Guess what! I just got saved!”

Mary was stunned. The following Sunday morning she went forward at the invitation given at her church to humbly receive Christ as her Savior. Her life was transformed and she and her husband are now missionaries.

Who is Jesus Christ?

Was He a great man, a great teacher? Certainly. But if you don’t know for sure who He really is, then you don’t know Him. In the Bible, we find these truths:

  • Christ always existed. John 1:1 says He existed from the beginning and was God. John 1:3 says He made all things; and 1:14 says He became flesh and lived among mankind. Christ himself claimed to be “the beginning and the ending…the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). When Micah foretold that the Messiah’s birth in Bethlehem, he said He was “from everlasting” (5:2).
  • Jesus is both God and man. Isaiah prophesied that a virgin would have a Son and He would be called “Immanuel” (meaning “God with us”; see Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23). Isaiah 9:6 called Him “Wonderful, counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” The only Child ever born of God and a woman, Jesus is both God and man.
  • Jesus came to die for our sins. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Isaiah predicted that Christ would be wounded for our sins (53:5). Jesus Christ’s coming to earth to die for our sins was God’s plan before He even made the world.

Jesus loves you; do you love Him?

Jesus Christ was crucified for claiming He was God and the Son of God (John 19:7). Imagine what great love He had for us to humble himself and become a man so He could suffer and pay the penalty of death for our sins on the Cross! When we receive Christ as our Savior, we come into a personal relationship with God: our sins are cleansed, we are forgiven, we are reconciled with God. If you’re not sure of your salvation, please think about Christ dying on the cross for your sins. Then bow your head humbly and receive Him as your Savior. Then your life will be transformed and you’ll have something to live for! If you’d like help in doing this, then visit Journey of Joy.

Jesus keeps us

Jesus said that His sheep follow Him and He gives them eternal life. “They shall never perish,” He said, “no one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28-29). No one. For when we are truly born into God’s family through Christ, we become His children. His Spirit enters us; we become His temples.

However, we still have our old selves in us; and if we don’t walk close to our Lord, we can slip and fall into sin. When we do, we are to repent and seek God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

Ephesians 4:22-32 helps us understand how this goes.

Let us make sure of our salvation. Then let us choose to follow our Savior with all our hearts so that our lives will testify to all that we are His.

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