How to KNOW You're Saved, or Not

Part 1

 

For many years of my early Christian life I doubted that I was really saved.[1] 

 

How could any true Christian live the way I was living? And think the way I was too often thinking?  Which goes together with the living, of course. In the churches I was very active in, I had the strong feeling that I was actually "on the outside, looking in." And no one but me seemed to be having the problems I was having.

 

I consulted pastors and many others about it.  And read books and commentaries about it. And got no real answers to my problem. 

 

This directed me to get more and more into the Bible, consulting God directly about it, studying and praying for the answers: how could I know for sure? (2 Cor. 13:5)

 

According to the polls and what I get from conversations (as I did during those years) most people in America think that they are saved.  "John 3:16 proves it!  I believe in Jesus Christ; so I know I'm saved!"  And that is just about the only Scripture they know anything about. 

 

But do these people REALLY believe?  Not according to the Bible. (Matthew 7:13-14, for example, along with myriads of other Scriptures).  What they "believe" is that "a man named Jesus Christ once walked the earth," as one writer put it. And that belief is not "Believing on His Name."[2]  Even most outright atheists believe that much; which is proved by the fact that this day is known throughout the civilized world as "March 8, 2011, Anno Domini," that is, "year of our Lord 2011."  It is even stamped on the coins and bills of some of the most of the most murderous criminal governments the world has ever seen, such as our present one.[3]

 

I was not alone with the doubts I was having.  I have recently read somewhere that Billy Graham has doubts as to whether he was ever really saved.

 

SO . . . 2 Cor. 13:5 -->

 

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the Faith.

Test yourselves.[4]

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Some Scriptural Indicators For and Against

the Reality of Your Salvation

 

There are two Books in particular which God has devoted to this very purpose: The Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John.[5]  I am planning to proceed mainly from these two Books, and to include some passages from the Steward of the present Mystery Era, the Apostle Paul:

 

FOR theReality of your Salvation:  If these things are true of you, then you truly Believe; you are indeed saved:

 

John 10:27-28 --- My sheep hear My voice,[6] and I know them,[7] and they follow Me {an identity to "Hear My voice"}.  28  And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;[8] neither shall anyone[9] snatch them out of My hand.

 

Do you HEAR the Scriptures, His voice ("the Word of Christ")?  Then you are saved! And you will be forever more.  And if you do not; you are not saved![10]  How could anything be clearer?  This is part of what it means, to "Believe on His Name."[11]

 

1 John 5:13 --- These things I have written to you who Believe in the Name of the Son of God, that you may know [12]that you have Eternal Life, and that you may {continue to}[13] Believe in the Name of the Son of God.

 

Romans 10:13 --- Here is probably the simplest proof that you are saved in all the Bible:  For whosoever will call on the Name of the Lord[14] shall be saved.  It's the one I would use when asked how I know (1 Peter 3:15).  Even though It's a "one liner," which about 103% of Americans require for their answers, and is about as far as they will listen to anything. 

 

Of course, what they miss is the context! --- "But how shall they call on Him in Whom they have not Believed?"  They imagine that salvation is by means of "hocus pocus," or other secret sounds coming out of someone's mouth, as the ancient Jews also believed of key secret words they found in the Hebrew Torah (and so they do to this day).  But as we have seen, the words, "His Name" do not refer to secret words that only the proud and initiated know; they mean THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHO HE ACTUALLY IS.  As the Prophets also stated in refuting the Jewish ideas, "But to this man I will look; even to him that is of poor and contrite spirit, and trembleth at My Word" --- for example, the about 2,000,000 Gentile Ninevites who were saved, instead of many of these Jews.

 

And no Believer is going to call on someone other than God for his salvation.  That is why knowing that the Lord referred to is none other than GOD.  He is Yahweh, Yeshua, I AM, etc.

 

Did you call on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the knowledge that He is "the Saviour, Who is the Christ, and Who, in fact, is GOD" --- Luke 2:11?  THEN, you can know that you are saved.

 

To be continued Part 2.



[1]     This was during my late high school and college years, and beyond, in the 1950s and 60s. As a result, I believe that I am an authority well able speak on this subject.

 

[2]     Please be sure to see on the mention of these words further down.

 

[3]     911 should come to mind, in the mind of anyone with at least 5th grade intelligence and/or the knowledge of Jeremiah 17:5-9.

 

[4]     See also 2 Peter 1:10, et al. There are numerous commentators and "pastors" who water down these passages, decrying their very basis.  They ought to consider the Lord's warning about causing "one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble."

Dr. Morris is not one of them; I hope to post on his commentary shortly. This is important!!

 

[5]     See, for the Gospel of John, John 20:30-31; and for the First Epistle,

1 John 5:13.

 

[6]     Like the Bereans, in Acts 17:12, of whom it says "therefore many of them were saved"

 

Let's get specific about this; it might get you saved! Do you go to the Bible for your answers, or to men?  Is His Word your delight; do you "meditate in It day and night?" Do you trust in what It says? How does your reaction to the Bible compare with your reaction to what you get from the world? from TV, from schools, from the newspapers ...?  Do you hear the latter with the knowledge that it is straight from the "god of this world?"  Do you hear the former with the knowledge that it is Truth from GOD (John 17:17)?  If you do, you are probably saved.  If you do not, you are probably damned.

 

[7]     This is one of the Lord's repeated clauses identifying those who are saved or not, eg: Matthew 7:23.

 

[8]     No room in these two clauses for the idea of "falling away again from salvation."  If this life is eternal, it can't be fallen away from. If they shall never perish, they cannot fall away from Him.  Those who teach thus clearly are not HEARING Him here.

 

[9]     Meaning first, and above all, you yourself.  You contributed nothing to your salvation; and you can contribute nothing toward your "losing it."

 

[10]      This same verse can also be AGAINST the reality of your salvation.

 

[11]     And this Name is given in Isaiah 9:6 ---> "His Name shall be called Wonderful (,) Counselor, THE MIGHTY GOD, . . ."  Or in Matthew 1:23, "Thou shalt call His Name Yeshua, for He shall save His people from their sins."  You need to trust in Him in order to be saved; and no Believer would trust in anyone other than God.  "If ye Believe not that I AM (that is, God, cp Ex. 3:14 et al), ye shall die in your

sins" --- John 8:24.  His Name is also called "the Lord our Righteousness." Believing on His Name means believing these things that are said of Him.  REALLY believing them.

 

[12]     We are not saved by how we live; we are saved by what we know.  Above all, if we get that straight, then we know that we are saved.  "For by GRACE are ye saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves; it is the GIFT of God.  Not of {how we live}, lest anyone should {have any grounds for boasting} --- cp Rom. 3:27.

 

If you come across ANY Scripture, or any other word whatsoever, that would seem to contradict this (eg Hebrews 6:4-6, or the last clause of this very verse --- see next footnote), you can KNOW that you are not understanding that Scripture properly.  And if it's from somewhere outside Scripture, you are listing to an ignoramus or a liar, or both.

 

[13]     Wait a minute!  'I thought you just said that once a person has Believed he is saved forever!'  That is true!  'Then why does this clause seem to indicate that a person who has been saved might cease to Believe later on?  Can he, after all, lose his salvation again?'

 

If that was what this verse actually had said, that would seem true.  But that is NOT what this verse says; it is what the NKJV says.  Perhaps you have one of the honest Bibles, such as the KJV and NKJV, which give you the indication that they have ADDED words here, making it say that. The words "continue to" are not in the Bible; they have been added by the NKJV translators, thinking that those words make the verse clearer.  When, of course they do exactly the opposite. It is likely that these translators themselves did not fully believe in "eternal security," and therefore added the words.

 

What does the clause mean, then?  I suggest that it means exactly the same thing as John 20:30-31.

 

[14]     That means Jesus the Christ, of course.