HOLY JAMZ
HOLY JAMZ wrote on May 15, 2017.
Dealing With Doubt

Can you know for certain that you are saved? Is it ever okay to doubt
your salvation? These are difficult questions, but both questions can
be answered in just one verse in the book of 1 John. First John 5:13
says, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name
of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life..."
[Emphasis added]. Right away that tells me two things: you can be
saved and know it, and you can be saved and doubt it. John wrote the
book of 1 John in order that we may know---without a doubt---that we
have eternal life. And he gave us three major tests to deal with that
doubt.

The Commandment Test

The first test is found in 1 John 2:3-5: "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."

A person who says he is saved but doesn't keep the commandments of God
is lying. I don't care whose church he is a member of, how much
theology he has in his head, or what kind of experience he has had at
an altar; John says if he's not keeping the commandments of God, he
doesn't know Him. He is not talking about sinless perfection, but that
the commandments of God are to be the standard by which we chart our
course.

There are many people who join a church as if they were joining a
country club. There's no change and they continue to live the same
ungodly lives. Those people have no reason whatsoever to think that
they are going to heaven. If you can sin willfully, knowingly,
deliberately, and habitually and feel no conviction or remorse; you
have no reason to believe you are saved.

The Companion Test

There's another test found in 1 John 3:14: "We know that we have
passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that
loveth not his brother abideth in death." And in 1 John 4:20 he says,
"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for
he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God
whom he hath not seen?"

If God is love and we have the nature of God, then we are going to
have love in us. If we don't have love, we don't have the nature of
God. If we don't have the nature of God, we haven't been born of God.
It is very clear that another birthmark of the believer is love for
the brethren. When I am saved, not only do I want to be right with my
brothers, but I want to be with my brothers. If you love Jesus, you're
going to love His Church.

The Commitment Test

The third test is found in 1 John 5:10-12: "He that believeth on the
Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath
made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of
His Son. And this is the record, God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he
that hath not the Son of God hath not life."

The word believe here really means "commitment" or "trust." And that
commitment and trust is in the present tense. I cannot find a single
verse in the Bible that tells us to look back to some experience for
the assurance of our salvation. The Bible doesn't deal with what
happened in the past for assurance. Verse thirteen says, "These things
have I written unto you that believe…" It doesn't say, "believed." It
means those who believe right now. Do you have that faith in your
heart right now? Is there that trust and commitment to Jesus Christ
right now? That's how to have assurance.

You can be saved and know it! You can be free from nagging doubts.
It's so important to get this issue settled. Everything else builds on
the strong confidence that God has saved you and will never let you
go. Stand on His Word, and rest assured in your salvation.
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