ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

Scripture Reading:  I John 5:1-12

“Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself.  Whoever does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning His Son.  And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life and this life is in His Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”  (I John 5:10-12)

The Apostle John was deeply concerned about the issue of the assurance of one’s salvation.  Toward the end of his gospel, he stated the purpose for writing his book:  “But these things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).  In his first epistle, John again emphasizes the importance of having the assurance of salvation (I John 5:10-12).

In this passage John states that Christians have an inward testimony of our salvation that comes from the Holy Spirit:  “Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony IN HIMSELF” (v. 10a).  Paul wrote about this also:  “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).  In other words, we Christians have an internal witness, the Holy Spirit, who affirms that we belong to God.  The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we belong to God.

John goes on to give us other evidences of assurance of salvation.  He says that we must believe that salvation is a gift from God which is received by faith in Jesus Christ:  “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son” (v. 11).  We must acknowledge that we do not deserve this gift nor can we earn it by our own efforts.  Salvation is a gift freely given to us by God.

John continues with these words:  “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (v. 12).  The statement is clear and simple to understand.  We either have received the Son of God by faith or we have not.  We either believe in Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation or we do not.  The sole object of our faith must be Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  If our faith in Him is real, we can have the assurance of our salvation.

Lord Jesus, how thankful I am for the gift of eternal life.  I know that I believe in You as my Savior and my Lord.  I am grateful to know that I have eternal life through You alone.

 

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