Can I Be Sure?

I John 5:13

I met a lady this week who, in the face of a personal tragedy, had a tremendous testimony. She had lost someone very close to her, but her focus was not so much upon her loss as upon their gain. Paul wrote to the Philippians and expressed a similar attitude. Note: Ph. 1:21-23

How wonderful to know - to know that you have eternal life! With the children we sometimes sing a song that isnít grammatically correct, but it is theologically right on target! The title is "Ainít it Grand to be a Christian". Well, it certainly is, and I am profoundly thankful that I know it! Some might think that is a bit presumptuous for me to say, but it isnít if my basis is the infallible Word of God!

It is quite clear from the Bible that it is Godís will that we should be safe, for we read that He is "...is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Pet 3:9b) He also says, "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." (John 10:28)

But it is equally clear from the Bible that God not only warts us to be safe; He wants us to be sure. He wants us to know without the shadow of a doubt that we have received eternal life, that our sins have been forgiven and that we are safe for all eternity!

The fact remains, however, that thousands of Christians lack the assurance of their salvation. Their language is something like that of the little girl who was traveling in a lift from the beach to the top of the cliff. She was heard to say, ĎI know weíll get to the top all right, but Iím frightened that we wonít!í This is the attitude of many of Godís people. They know they belong to the Lord and that He will never let them go, and yet they are fearful that after all they might not reach the top! God never meant His own children to be full of doubts and uncertainty, especially concerning the matter of their souls salvation.

If we lack the assurance of salvation our testimony will be stifled, our service will be spoiled, our growth will be stunted and we shall know little of the joy of the Lord and Ďthe peace of God, which passeth all understandingí.

I. The early Christians had no doubts at all about their salvation.

II. Now, the one condition of salvation is faith in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

III. Three Reasons Why a Believer Knows for Certain They are Saved.

Are you born again? That is the one thing above everything else that you need to be absolutely sure about. Are you sure? Do you have this assurance today? You can have!

"... one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see." (John 9:25b)