DOES ONE KNOW IF HE IS SAVED?
Frequently someone inquires,
"How can I know as to whether or not I have been saved from my
past sins?" This is the most important question that an
individual can ask concerning themselves. Unfortunately many
seek the answer in the wrong place and source.
Let us first consider some of the wrong ways in which men in
general attempt to learn whether or not they are saved. Some
claim, "I know that I'm saved because I feel it right here!"
(pointing to the left side of their chest while making that
statement). But Solomon stated by inspiration: "He that trusteth
in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall
be delivered" (Prov. 28:26). Also, the prophet Jeremiah
declared, "O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself:
it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps" (Jer. 10:23).
It is the inspired Word of God that gives us spiritual light
to direct our path. The psalmist reverently stated unto the
Heavenly Father, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light
unto my path" (Psa. 119:105). Thus, the realization of a
person's spiritual salvation is not derived by subjectivity —
their feelings — but rather by objectivity — evidence outside
their own being.
Others seek after a supernatural sign from Heaven as evidence
of their salvation. The Apostle Paul warns of those who seek
after supernatural signs instead of receiving the truth in love
(2 Thess. 2:9-10). God's inspired Word is the truth that saves
(John 17:17; 1 Pet. 1:22-23).
Similar to those who look for a supernatural sign, there are
those who claim to have received a message from "a still voice."
But what message could such a voice provide for us concerning
salvation that is not already included in the Scriptures?
According to the Apostle Peter, we have already received "...all
things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the
knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (2
There are still others who claim that they have seen an angel
who declared their salvation. However, the Apostle Paul warns
against those claiming salvation by an angel that conflicts with
the gospel of Christ (Gal. 1:6-9).
Still others claim that they obtained redemption by receiving
the Holy Spirit. There is not any example in the Bible of a
person being saved by a direct operation of the Holy Spirit. The
truth of the matter is that those of the world cannot receive
the Spirit (John 14:16-17). God's inspired Word is the
instrument of the Spirit to convict us of sin (Acts 2:36-37). In
adhering to that inspired Word, a precious soul is born into the
spiritual kingdom of God,
which is the church (1 Pet. 1:23; Jas. 1:18; Acts 2:47).
Many feel that they are saved because they have "accepted
Jesus Christ as their personal Savior." But Jesus reveals that
such a claim is inadequate in obtaining salvation. Recorded at
Luke 6:46, He declared: "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do
not the things which I say?" Not only that, but our Lord informs
us that professing religious allegiance unto Him is insufficient
when an individual fails to do the Heavenly Father's will (Matt.
In a positive way, how can we know whether or not we are
saved? The Apostle John tells us at First John 2:3-5 how we can
know concerning this most important matter. He stated: "And
hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is
a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word,
in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that
we are in him." The Apostle Paul further clarifies how a person
enters into Christ. He reveals that an obedient believer is
baptized into Christ (Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:26-27). A person
baptized into covenant fellowship with the Lord becomes a new
creature (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:3).
The inspired Word is the medium in which the Holy Spirit has
revealed what is necessary for our salvation (Jas. 1:21; Acts
11:14; 2 Pet. 1:3). The Apostle Peter, by inspiration, revealed
what a person must do to be saved from their sins, "...they that
gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there
were added unto them about three thousand souls" (Acts 2:41). It
is our prayer that you will place your trust in the inspired
Word of God rather than the creeds of men, or your own feelings
and preconceived concepts of salvation.