How do I know if I am really saved?
When a person becomes a Christian by putting their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior there may arise from time to time doubts about whether or not if you are really saved. So how does a person know if they are the Lord’s or not? The Bible tells us that the true Christian will have certain marks or characteristics that distinguish him from those who don’t know the Lord. Read I John 1:7, 2:3, 3:9, 5:2. These verse will give you the clue as to the kinds of things we should see in the life a true child of God.
The Bible teaches us that those who have been born again will bear the testimony of the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. There are many who profess to be Christians but are living lives that discredits everything they profess. Without holiness no man shall see the Lord. These words were written by the apostle in the book of Hebrews in 12:14.
No one should assume that they are going to heaven if they have not been radically changed by the power of the Holy Spirit when they were born again. The goal of salvation is to call a people into fellowship with the triune God. These people will become worshippers of God and will reflect the characteristics of the Lord Jesus Christ in their daily lives.
The marks of a true Christian are many. Here are a few of the most important ones that we should expect to see in the lives of those who really know the Lord. If these are absent there should be serious concern whether or not the person has been born again. The marks are:
- Love for Christ
- Love for the Word of God
- Love for the brethren
- Overcoming sin
- Living a consistent life
- Bearing the fruit of the Spirit in their lives, Gal. 5:22-23
- Conviction of sin
If these marks are missing in your life I would encourage you to seek the Lord, ask for forgiveness and repentance and study the doctrine of justification by faith. Only as we trust in Christ and His shed blood, and find ourselves covered by His righteousness can we have the hope of eternal life. Don’t settle for a nominal faith. Make your calling and election sure!