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Text: 1st John
5:10-13 (Read this text.)
are some important questions asked in regards to salvation. One
such question is, “If you died today, would you go to heaven?” This
question is commonly asked by those who endeavor to win others to
a saving knowledge of Christ. Some answer, “I hope I would.”
Salvation is too important to hope you are saved. Others ask, “Can
I know for sure I am saved?”
this last question, John wrote in our text that you can know for
sure that you are saved. There are three biblical evidences,
recorded in the Scriptures, that give you assurance of
salvation. You will study these biblical evidences in this lesson.
first biblical evidence of salvation is Christian love or sometimes
called charity. John wrote, “We know that we have passed
from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that
loveth not his brother abideth in death” (1st John
3:14). One of the scriptural evidences that you are truly born
again is that you possess a love for other Christians.
word used in the Bible for this kind of love is charity. Paul
describes charity in 1st Corinthians 13. Having charity
in your life is evidence that you are saved.
contrast, it is the absence of love for your Christian brethren
that is a clear indication that you have not experienced God’s
salvation. It would be unnatural for a born-again Believer
not to love other Christians. That is why John wrote, “He
that loveth not his brother abideth in death.”
Galatians 5, Paul wrote about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. One
of these fruits of the indwelling Spirit is love. Those who
are saved possess this fruit of the Spirit.
remember when I first became aware of the abiding love of the Spirit
in my own life. In my boyhood years, my father was an alcoholic. Many
times his drinking buddies would be at our house. As a result,
I learned to hate alcoholic drinks. In fact, I had no use for
those who drank them. The morning after I got saved, I discovered
the presence of God’s love abiding in my heart. The very first
person I was burdened about was a drunk that lived in our neighborhood. I
could love the unlovable because God’s amazing love abided in me. It
is that love that causes me to love other Believers.
only does His love cause us to love the Saints, but also sinners
as well. It is this love or charity that is proof you have
experienced genuine salvation.
second biblical evidence is the change of salvation. Paul wrote of
this change, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new” (2nd Corinthians 5:17). Another way
you can know you are saved is that your life exhibits a change.
the Epistle to the Ephesians you find, “Wherein in time past
ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the
prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the
children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation
in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of
the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath,
even as others” (Ephesians 2:2-3). These verses reveal the
sinful walk of those who are not saved.
you had a sinful nature, you lived a sinful life.
You were more concerned about pleasing yourself than pleasing Almighty
God. When you got saved, you received a new nature. As
your nature changed, so did your lifestyle. When you got saved, “old
things passed away.” It would be unnatural for a Christian
to continue to live the old sinful way of life.
you get saved, God also gives you a new nature. You become
a “new creature.” This new nature desires to
please God. You discover attending church brings you joy. It
becomes a delight to read your Bible. As a Believer, you now
spend time in prayer. Paul wrote of this changed life saying, “behold
all things are become new.”
salvation experience always changes you! The presence of a changed
life is evidence that you have become a “new creature” in
Christ Jesus. It is this changed life that assures you that
you are saved.
third way you can know you are saved is when you experience the
chastisement of the Lord. In Hebrews you find, “For
whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom
he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you
as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But
if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then
are ye bastards, and not sons” (Hebrews 12:6-8).
results in your becoming a child of God. Of this relationship,
John wrote, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed
upon us, that we should be called the sons of God . . .” (1st John
3:1). God now will chasten you, as a son, when you do
God chastens you, He does so to correct you as earthly fathers do
their children. Not only does chastening help correct you,
but also it confirms that you are a child of God.
a child of God, you will experience the chastening hand of the Lord. If
you have not, you will. The writer of Hebrews says we are all
the Father’s chastisement. When you sin, you now have someone
who loves you enough to correct you.
you continue in sin and are not being chastised by the Lord, it is
evidence that you are not saved. Hebrews says, “then
are ye bastards, and not sons.” You are an illegitimate
child, and not a child of God. If you are without chastisement,
then you are without sonship.
can I know I have been saved? You can know by the presence
of divine love in your life. Likewise, you can know you are
saved because your life has been changed. Finally, the chastening
of the Lord is biblical evidence that you have been born again. Therefore,
John wrote, “These things have I written unto you that believe
on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal
life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”
5:13). Thank God, you have biblical evidence which confirms you
I know for Sure?
1. John writes
in his epistle that you can ___________ for sure you are saved.
2. There are at
least ___________ biblical evidences that allow you to know you are
3. One of the evidences
of salvation is that the Believer possesses a ______________ for his
4. The ________________
of love for the brethren is a clear indication that you are not saved.
5. _______________ is
a fruit of the Spirit.
6. Another indication
you are saved is that your life exhibits a ________________.
7. It would be
unnatural for a “new creature” in Christ to continue
to live the _____________________ life.
8. The third way
you can know you are saved is that you experience the _______________
of the Lord.
9. As a son, God
will now chasten you when you do _________________.
10. Without chastisement,
you are an ______________ child, and not a child of God.
11. Three biblical evidences
that enable you to know you are saved are the ______________ of salvation,
the _____________ of salvation, and the ______________ of salvation.