Can I really know I've
accepted Christ’s gift
and that I am saved,
and can I sin bad enough
to loose my salvation?
1 John 5:13 “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
John 10:28 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand“.
God not only offers us the gift of salvation but also the knowledge that if we are truly saved we can be fully confident in knowing that we have been saved. If Christ paid such a great price to guarantee my eternal destination, God won’t let anything affect his investment.
If we've truly accepted Christ’s payment for our sin, God gives us the confidence that our salvation is secure. This way we can quit wasting time worrying about whether or not we are saved and invest our time reaching others with the message of God’s gift of salvation. Remember, God’s highest ideal is for us to care about others over ourselves. What greater care about others can we express than to be concerned about their eternal destination after this life. Wasting time worrying about our own salvation is selfish compared to our efforts to reach others with the amazing gift Christ offers to everyone.
Salvation means that Christ has paid for our sin. Unfortunately, in this life, salvation doesn’t mean that we no longer sin. We certainly will sin but our lifestyle won’t be to sin and our desire will be to avoid sinning.
1 John 1:8-10 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Christ will forgive us of our sin if we have decided to accept his gift of salvation, but his forgiveness doesn't necessarily remove the consequences or our sin. As an example, if a Christian is driving and injures or kills someone, Christ will forgive this sin, but the Christian is still subject to the penalties and punishments of the laws of the society.
Another saying I like in reference to sin is,
“Sin will keep you from the Bible,
or the Bible will keep you from sin.”
Are you regularly reading your Bible? Also, as 1 John 1:8-10 indicates, we will all continue to sin. However if we are truly saved God will not allow us to remain comfortable in our sin.
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