Everyone doubts their salvation at different points in their lives. This is not uncommon.
Have you ever had doubts about your relationship with Jesus? Have you ever wondered, “Am I really saved?” Well, everyone does now and again. You do something you shouldn’t do or you don’t do something you should do.
Like Paul said in Romans, 7:15-20, For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me
There is a test
If you need assurance. If you need to squash the doubts about your salvation then take the test that God has laid out in His word.
- The Promise Test. The promise that God has given to us in John 6:37 says, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” We may know we are saved because the Bible says so. In fact, the only real assurance of salvation is to believe God’s promises. God does not lie and in Him is truth. So if He promises to save us we can believe it.
- The Assurance Test. The Holy Spirit tells us and assures us that we are saved. Romans 8:16, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” The Holy Spirit will let you know that you are saved. Doubt comes when you listen to anyone other than the Holy Spirit.
- The World Test. I John 2:15, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” When a person is born again, he has a love for Christ and the things of God, and he loses his love for the world. This is proof of salvation.
- 4. The Love Test. I John 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.” We can be mad at someone or maybe not really like someone who is saved but we do not hate them. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ and deep down we really care about them even though we may not be happy with them.
- The Giving Test. I John 3:17, “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” Some people have more worldly goods to give than others but the test is if you had it would you give it? It is a matter of wanting and willing to give.
- The Hate Test. I John 4:20, “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” This is just like the love test. If you search your heart and find hate true and pure hatred for a person then you need to examine your salvation. You can dislike and not want to be around someone but to hate someone in your heart is equal to wanting them dead.
- The Sin Test. I John 3:9, “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” The word “sin” here means continuing in sin. This means that a person who loves God will not continue in the same sin. A Christian may stumble into sin, but he will get up because he is not happy in sin.
- The Commandment Test. I John 2:3, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments” The words, “keep His commandments,” mean “do His will.” Do we want to do what God wants us to do? Is there a desire to do His will and not our own?
- The Walk Test. I John 2:6, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” Do we walk in the ways of Christ? We all fail this test at times in our lives. The test is “do you get back on the path?” When you stray from your Christian walk then you should want to return. Is there a desire to walk in His ways?
- 10. The Word Test. I John 2:5, “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.” Do you love the Word of God? Do you have a desire to read it and understand it?
- The Experience Test. Remember that salvation is a “time and place proposition.” It is a pretty risky thing for a person not to remember his salvation experience. You may not remember the exact time of day or even the exact date especially when you are young. You should though, remember when you were saved and who led you to the Lord.
Rest assured that once you are saved and have a relationship with Jesus, your salvation is secure. Jesus promises it.
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:28-30