Our Assurance of Salvation
Our assurance of salvation is confirmed through Yahshua the Messiah by means of His Holy Spirit. Those who believe and are baptized, or sealed with the Holy Spirit, shall be saved. This is the down payment of our inheritance, which is the redemption even the salvation of our souls (2 Cor 1:22, Eph 1:13-14, Eph 4:30, Luke 21:28, 1 Peter 1:9).
Many, who have been taught that they are already saved, have often wondered if they can lose their salvation. The answer, unquestionably, is that one cannot lose what they do not yet possess.
However, through the power and teaching of the Holy Spirit, we can certainly realize our assurance of salvation. Whenever the words salvation or redemption are utilized with regards to a believer it is always in reference to a future event. This redemptive process can only take place at the second advent of Yahshua.
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 have already received?
1 Pet 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear
To claim albeit falsely that you are saved is also to be without hope. The true followers of Yahshua understand that the end result of their faith is, in fact, the salvation of their souls.
1 Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls
Our assurance of salvation is what enables us to faithfully endure the tribulations that we will encounter as we live a life set apart unto Yahshua.
To make a claim of being saved in the present tense is an act of self-righteousness; it is also a doctrine of deceit. The judgment begins when Yahshua returns and this is when the righteous shall be saved.
1 Peter 4:17-18 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
The message in 1 Peter chapter four is clear and sobering to be sure. True believers are to rejoice when they participate in the sufferings of their Messiah as seen in verses 12 and 13.
Also, it is upon the return of Yahshua that the first judgment commences, and this involves both rewards and punishment.
Those who are declared as righteous, scarcely, or with great difficulty will become saved or delivered from the wrath to be unleashed on the ungodly.
Mainstream Christianity has created a (false) plan of salvation that is easily obtainable, while the true gospel message paints an entirely different picture.
Matt 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The Assurance of Salvation is Redemption
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 Yahshua in spirit and in truth.
Luke 1:77 To give knowledge of Salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins
These should be our most prized possessions; our assurance of salvation and the forgiveness of our sins.
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
This knowledge of our assurance of salvation enables us to share with others the way that leads to life (Mat 7:13, John 14:6, Acts 16:17).
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace
There is a direct correlation between salvation and redemption. Salvation is to be saved from something, and redemption describes what we are saved from.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh
Redemption, like salvation, both describe a future tense event at the end of this age.
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption
The Gospel message regarding salvation is heard by many. But to those who trust and believe; they are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13).
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory
Our assurance of salvation is fully realized at the second coming of our redeemer. The reward for the righteous is salvation (Isa 62:11, Col 3:24, Rev 22:12).
Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of Yahweh shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away
The redeemed of Yahweh that Isaiah is speaking of have the new law of Christ written in their hearts (Isa 51:7, Heb 10:16).
Our Assurance of Salvation comes by Faith
Gal 5:5 For we through the spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith
According to scripture our assurance of salvation is based on faith 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…
The sons and daughters of God wait with great anticipation, for the second coming of their redeemer. For the spirit-filled Christian, our assurance of salvation is the realization we will inherit incorruption and immortality if we faithfully endure until the end.
Yahshua only appears a second time, not three times as taught by the pre-tribulation rapture movement.
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 real faith is that it automatically produces good works, unto our assurance of salvation.
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
True faith is only possible through the Holy Spirit of Yahshua that dwells within us. Unfortunately, all man-made religions, including many sects within mainstream Christianity, have an artificial faith that is based upon fables.
Faith without the indwelling of the Spirit of Yahshua is unto dead works. The end result of a fictitious faith is not salvation, but deception unto death.
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
- Yahshua is the author of our faith (Heb 12:2, 1 Cor 1:9, 2 Thes 3:3).
- Good works are a natural occurrence of real faith (James 2:14-26).
- Without faith, we can not please God (Heb 11:6).
The Hope of our assurance of salvation, is actually both a tactical and a defensive weapon, that we use to endure and conquer.
- True faith endures through trials and tribulations (1 Peter 1:7).
- Faith protects our hearts and minds and it is a defensive weapon (1 Thes 5:8).
- Faith is also an offensive weapon through which we witness to the world (1 Tim 6:12).
- Salvation in Christianity is shared by all of the faithful descendants of Abraham, united through the same Spirit of Yahshua (Gal 3:3-9, Heb 8:9).
- Faith provides us with the certainty of our Savior’s promises to us (Heb 10:22, Col 2:2, 1 Thes 1:5, Heb 6:11).
- The end result of our faith is the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9).
False teachers and their vain babblings destroy the faith of many. To claim that salvation occurs in the present tense removes faith and hope from occurring.
- Many who follow after ungodly men that only have only the wisdom of this world never acquire true faith (1 Tim 6:20-21).
- The love of money will lead us away from the faith (1 Tim 6:10).
- The unrighteous and wicked are not of the faith (2 Thes 3:2).