Assurance Of Salvation
For Christians our assurance of Salvation is not achieved through the reciting of Bible verses, nor does it come automatically once a confession of faith is made. Our assurance of Salvation is through Christ Jesus, who is our Salvation.
Words can not adequately explain the Holy Spirit, that brings to life the Word of God, enlightening and transforming our minds to receive the revelation of Christ’s truth. It is only through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, that we can truly have the hope and assurance of Salvation, unto the day of redemption at our Saviors glorious second coming.
Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
For the Christian assurance of Salvation in Christ Jesus, is when we are Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise unto our inheritance of eternal life with Him.
John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
When we hear the Words of our Lord, and they become implanted in our minds for the first time, the process of transformation from darkness unto light begins.
Our faith comes by hearing, and our ability to hear is a gift from Jesus who is the Word of God.
Our faith in Christ, which is one of the fruits of the Spirit, is also an incredibly important shield that protects us from all evil (Gal 5:22, Eph 6:13-16).
When the Spirit of Truth which proceeds from Jesus dwells in us, we can then truly understand the Gospel message.
The truths contained in the Word of God are Spiritually discerned, they are revealed to the faithful follower by the Holy Spirit, enabling us to hear, understand and obey the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ (Heb 5:9; 2 Thes 1:5-8).
Assurance of Salvation is not that we are presently saved. It is, however, a genuine knowledge, that if we endure until the end we shall be saved (Mathew 10:2).
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Faith is an Important Part of the Assurance of Salvation
True Faith, which is only possible through Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah, is a gift from God. All man-made religions, including those within mainstream Christianity, have a faith that produces nothing. Faith without the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ is unto dead works. The end result of a fictitious faith is not Salvation, but death and destruction. Faith in Christ naturally produces good works and is an important part of a genuine assurance of Salvation.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Christians who are truly Born-again are not involved in their own works, but rather the continuation of the workings of Christ (2 Tim 1:9, Titus 1:16, 2:14, 3:5, James 2:14-17).
Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations
- Jesus is the author of our Faith (Heb 12:2; 1 Cor 1:9; 2 Thes 3:3).
- The unrighteous and wicked are not in the Faith (2 Thes 3:2).
- Faith protects our Hearts and minds and it is a defensive weapon (1 Thes 5:8).
- The love of money will lead you away from the Faith (1 Tim 6:10).
- Ungodly men who oppose the knowledge of God, and have only the wisdom of this world cause many to never acquire Faith (1 Tim 6:20-21).
- Faith is also an offensive weapon through which we witness to the world (1 Tim 6:12).
- A common Faith is shared by all who are the descendants of Abraham, united through the same Spirit of Christ, (Gal 3:3-9).
- Truly hearing the Living Word of God without distractions allows Faith to blossom (Romans 10:17).
- False teachers and their vain babblings destroy the Faith of many, as they falsely teach that the assurance of Salvation is realized through works. To claim that Salvation occurs in the present tense, removes faith and hope from occurring. How can you hope for something you already believe to possess (2 Tim 2:14-18).
1 Thess 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
- Faith provides us with the certainty of Christ’s promises to us (Heb 10:22; Col 2:2; 1 Thes 1:5; Heb 6:11).
- Without Faith, we can not please God (Heb 11:6).
- You will know that your Faith is true and pure when good works naturally occur as a result (James 2:14-26).
- True Faith endures through trials and tribulations (1 Peter 1:7).
- The end of our Faith is the assurance of Salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9).
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
A worldly faith can easily be shattered, as it is based on illusions and deceit. True faith is being certain of your purpose and destiny in Christ Jesus. Our assurance of Salvation is secure when we are sealed with Christ’s Holy Spirit of promise (Eph 1:13).
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God
To be sealed by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, wherein Jesus resides in you, is to be Born-again. The infilling of the believer with the Spirit of God is the down payment (or earnest) that Christ gives to His chosen, that He has purchased with His shed blood upon the cross (Eph 1:14).
2 Cor 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
The completion of His contract with us is to be fully realized and received at His second coming. This is when the Christian assurance of Salvation is revealed and implemented.
Luke 21:27-28 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption is at hand.
When the Spirit resides within us, we are no longer self-centered, self-righteous, or in love with this present evil world. Materialistic items such as fancy cars or houses, no longer have any hold on us, and sharing the gospel message of Christ with all who will listen, becomes our true labor of Love. The only treasure we desire is an everlasting Life in Christ, wherein we will be clothed with His righteousness (Isa 61:10; 1 Cor 15:53). This all happens naturally when you grow in the Spirit, as the more you press into the spirit the more you will receive to give out.
Can I lose My Assurance Of Salvation
Many misguided people who do not have the assurance of Salvation, ask the question,” Can I lose my Salvation”? If you have ever wondered if you could lose your Salvation, you can rest assured that the answer is without any doubt, absolutely not!
But through the Holy Spirit, you can have a full assurance of Salvation. Every time that Salvation, Redemption or the Resurrection of the believer is mentioned in the scriptures it is always in reference to the future tense. The reason why is that only upon Christ’s return to earth, can this Redemptive process take place.
One of the problems with Christianity today is that most have no hope. In fact few even understand the meaning of the word. How can you hope for something you claim to already possess?
1 Pet 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
You can not discuss the hope that you do not have, because of the Salvation that you claim to already possess, as opposed to the knowledge of one day receiving it. Far too many accept the false teaching of Salvation by works when they claim to be Saved now by the words they speak. They do not have the hope of the rewards promised to be given at the end of this age, and therefore they miss out on an incredible journey. This is one of the greatest lies ever taught to the masses; it also parallels a similar condition that Jesus encountered with the false teachers that He encountered. Basing our assurance of Salvation on works, whether it be through words or deeds, is self-righteousness, and it is a deadly and empty false doctrine.
For the Christian Assurance of Salvation Comes by Faith
Gal 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
According to Christ the Messiah, we gain access to His grace and mercy by Faith through His Spirit, that enables an assurance of Salvation. Our Redemption from the sinful flesh and our gathering together unto Him, at the last day both occur at the same time. This is what motivates us, gives us a sure hope and allows us to produce works that are approved and acceptable through the Holy Spirit.
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
We joyfully wait with great anticipation, for the second coming of our Redeemer. Our reward is with and through Him, and Christ is the treasure we cling to. For the Spirit-filled Christian our assurance of Salvation is the realization we will inherit incorruption and immortality if we faithfully run the race set before us.
Lam 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
The Lamb of God is also the King of Kings, and He alone provides our Assurance of Salvation. This gift is given to all who are worthy of it, that worship Christ in Spirit and in Truth.
Zech 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
The cross upon which Christ died, for the remission or covering of our sins, is the reason we can know of and obtain the assurance of Salvation.
Luke 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
The explanation of this beautiful act of Redemptive power and glory is given through His Love letter to us. This is our prized possession, it is the Living Word of God.
Acts 13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
Following the new commandments that are written in our hearts and minds enable us to be referred to as His children. We can with Christ’s Love, understand and direct others towards the path of the blessed assurance of Salvation. When one experiences real joy, sharing this joy with others naturally occurs.
Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
The gospel message of Christ to those who believe with all of their heart, mind and spirit is the power of God unto the assurance of Salvation. The word unto is an important one that distinguishes the timing. John uses the same word when he said that he baptizes with water unto repentance.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
We are to put off the works of darkness and the many false teachings that have lulled so many to sleep. Christ our Salvation draws nearer, as this present evil world is about to expire.
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we (first) believed.
The Assurance Of Salvation Is Spiritually Discerned
That which is born of the flesh is of the flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is of the Spirit.
Unless you are Born-again you can not have a true knowledge of the Kingdom of God or a genuine assurance of Salvation.
Being born again and receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit are one in the same. Unless a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he can not enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-8).
The greatest tragedy is believing you are Born-again without ever experiencing the true indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This lie is an empty promise that leads to death and destruction, as the ability to truly understand Christ and His life-changing testimony is impossible without His Spirit (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; Eph 1:13).
All false teachers and the congregations that they preside over, that do not truly have the Holy Spirit have a form of godliness. But they deny the power thereof, as it is quite impossible to truly know Jesus unless His Spirit abides in us. The first chapter of Ephesians gives us a vivid description of the assurance of Salvation that we can possess.
The believer that has been sealed is Born-Again. This life-changing event is also known as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Without this infilling, we can not understand and walk in the Word, and therefore the assurance of Salvation is quite impossible.
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise
Christ purchased us through His shed blood and gives us the Holy Spirit as a down payment. We are Sealed or set apart from the world at this point, and the fulfillment of this contract which is our inheritance occurs upon our Redemption at His second coming.
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Christ spoke plainly when He said that unless you believe and are Baptized, you shall not be Saved. He did not say you are Saved, but you shall be Saved.
John the Baptist proclaimed that are two Baptisms; one is unto repentance, and the other is unto the assurance of Salvation through the Holy Spirit.
All in Christ can have the assurance of Salvation, but it does require the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit, it is impossible to even understand the Word of God. This is why there is so much division in the so-called Christian churches today.
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
John also declares that we will be baptized with fire. This will be a process in which the impurities and useless pursuits of our lives will be burned up. What is left behind will be the determination of what type of rewards are due.
1 Cor 3:13-14 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
Our faith will also be tried in much the same way as our works. The end result of a real faith is that it automatically produces good works, unto the assurance of Salvation.
1 Peter 1:7-9 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
It is the Spirit of Truth that enables us to truly receive and walk in Christ; the Spirit witnesses or confirms the truth of Jesus to us. It also empowers us to be a true witness to others with the authority of Christ.
John 15:26-27 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness,( testify) because ye have been with me from the beginning.
We are Saved by the renewing of the Spirit; the picture here is that of our old nature being made new when we put on the mind of Christ. The same word is used when Paul warns us not to conform to the world but become transformed by the renewing of our minds. The word regeneration is used by Christ to describe the process of our immortality and incorruption when we are changed at his second coming. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a necessary gift, that needs to be sought after, to truly realize the assurance of Salvation.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he (saves us) by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
The hope of our assurance of Salvation, is actually both a tactical and a defensive weapon, that we use to endure and conquer.
1 Thess 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
We love Him because He first loved us. We believe through the power of the Holy Spirit that provides us with a lasting faith unto our assurance of Salvation.
1 Peter 1:8-9 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
The Assurance of Salvation is realized at the second coming of Jesus Christ
Christ speaks very clearly regarding the timing, of not only our Salvation but the gathering together (or rapture), which most definitely occur at the same time.
- When you see the end time events start to unfold then look up for your Redemption and Salvation is at hand (Luke 21:28).
- Jesus will return with the Angels and reward all according to their works; some will inherit the new kingdom but many will be condemned to Hell (Math 16:27).
The Word of God will return to set in motion the first judgment and Resurrection; those that destroy the earth will be sent to Hell to await the lake of fire.
However, a full reward is given to the prophets, Saints, and servants (Rev11:18). It should be noted that the prophets saints and others are rewarded at this time, which most assuredly is at the end of the great tribulation period. Two very crucial false doctrines are destroyed just by this one verse.
- First of all, a rapture or gathering of the church before this time is quite impossible. How could the prophets not be worthy of the same rewards of the church? The entire body of Christ, together, will be rewarded with glorious new bodies at Christ’s second coming. To suggest that the present day church is more righteous than those who died for their testimony of Christ is ludicrous. But this is the teaching of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture movement. The church is raptured away and receives their rewards, then years later the prophets and saints are rewarded.
- Secondly, Salvation at any time other than that of the second coming of Jesus our Redeemer is also impossible. The reward for the righteous is Salvation, which just happens to occur when Christ returns (Isa 62:11; Col3:24; Rev 22:12).
2 Thes 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to (or unto) salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
To understand the scriptures related to Salvation it is important to understand that the word to, used in 2 Thes 2:13, carries the same meaning as the word unto, used in Matt 3:11.
In both verses the word that should be used is unto, and this subtle change creates a completely different meaning.
Matt 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
John did not baptize with water and expect immediate repentance, it would be a process. Sanctification and belief of the truth are unto the assurance of Salvation.
Matt 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
If any man does not have the Spirit of Christ which is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit he can not be of Christ.
This is the key to all understanding, and allows us to walk with and in Him.
Our Lord said the “words that I speak they are Spirit and they are Life”(John 6:63). This is the reason for false teachings, various denominations, confusion and ignorance of the truth. Without the Spirit of Truth, the teachings of men are just opinions, and usually biased ones at that.
Romans 8:6-9 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.