June 24, 2012
"The Assurance of Salvation"
Read I John 5:9-13.
How are we saved? Can we know we are saved? Universalism teaches that everyone
will be saved regardless of their deeds. Others teach that only those who belong
to a particular church will be saved. The Amish are taught that they cannot know
until they died. Some believe that it is based on whether your good deeds outweigh
your bad deeds. What does the Bible say?
The Bible, in I John 5:9-13, teaches three things about the assurance of
First, "This is the testimony" (I John 5:11). What testimony? It is the testimony
God has given about His Son (5:9). Read the entire Gospel of John and you will see
the testimony. Belief in the Son of God is the same as believing in Godís testimony
about His Son (5:10). This "testimony" is found in the Bible. "I write these things
to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have
eternal life" (5:13). "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" (John
Second, "God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son" (5:11).
God has shown that He loves us by sending His Son to die for us "while we were still
sinners" (Romans 5:8). Isaiah 59:2 lists the results of our sinfulness: "Our iniquities
have made a SEPARATION between us and God - our sins have caused Him to hide His
face from us, so that He does not hear our prayers." Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us why
human efforts always fail to reach God - Salvation is "by grace (unmerited favor/the
gift of God) through faith - so no one can boast." God sent Jesus to die for our
sins to bring us to Himself (I Peter 3:18). Then how can we receive the gift of
salvation? "Yet to all who RECEIVED Him, to those who BELIEVED in His name, He gave
the right to become children of God" (John 1:12).
Third, "He who has the Son has life" (I John 5:12). Jesus said in John 5:24,
"I tell you the truth, whoever HEARS My word and BELIEVES Him who sent Me HAS ETERNAL
LIFE and WILL NOT BE CONDEMNED; he has CROSSED OVER FROM DEATH TO LIFE." Three results
of hearing and believing: 1) "has eternal life" (present), 2) "does not come into
judgment" (future), and 3) "has crossed over from death into life." Jesus promised
His followers in John 10:27-29 four things, 1) "I know them"; 2) "I give eternal
life to them"; 3) "they shall never perish"; 4) "No one shall snatch them out of
2 Corinthians 5:17 explains what happens when we become a Christian: "He is a NEW
CREATION." "This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life in His Son. He
who has the Son has life" (I John 5:11-12). Do you have the assurance of salvation?
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31).