What is the key to knowing if you are truly saved?
The key is comparing your beliefs and life to what the Bible says. For the sake of this answer, I’m going to assume that you were “saved” with the orthodox Biblical knowledge of the Gospel, and that your question pertains more to assurance of salvation as part of living the Christian life.
While there are plenty of Sciptures, tests and measurements we could point to such as “do you bear Christian fruit?” (an apple tree grows apples; a “Christian tree” has Christian fruit; Luke 6:43), God has graciously given us a little book in the Bible that has several ways to measure the authenticity of your salvation: 1st John.
In fact, there is a verse that specifically says that God has written to us so that we may KNOW that we are saved:
1 John 5:13 – These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. (NKJV; emphasis mine).
What are some things God wrote:
- You can know you are saved if you keep God’s commandments. 1 John 2:3
- You can know you are saved if you love your fellow Christians. 1 John 3:14
- You can know you are saved if the truth is in you. 1 John 3:19
- You can know you are saved if you confess Christ. 1 John 4:2
- You can you are saved if you abide Him. 1 John 4:13
And that’s just a few of the verses. I would encourage you to read 1st John and examine you life against it’s descriptions of authentic Christianity.
For further study consider: are you convicted when you sin? Do you have compassion for the lost? Do you have a heart of charity? Do you serve others? Do you long to know God through prayer and His Word? Do you love and seek the things of God?
Hey readers… this is a great “group” question… visit the Message Boards and post a couple of verses, questions, test, measurements or thoughts about how a person can be assured of their salvation. Keep it very Biblical please, and together we can create quite a nice page for people in the future to be able to benefit from. Remember, this IS NOT ABOUT HOW TO BE SAVED, it’s about assurance or confirmation of salvation as you journey on your Christian walk. Go here….