East Side Church
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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 our salvation.

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 20:31).

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 My hand."

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).



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