This is the biggest area of concern for Christians.
I wish I could tell you that if you have this worry, it’s a good sign you are. But as I wrote yesterday about the Holy Spirit, if you are NOT saved and think you are, the Holy Spirit will continuously bring up worry about this. It will plague you.
Satan knows this, and so he often torments us with this fear, to paralyze us.
So – how do you know that you’re saved?
- You should be able to point to a day where you got saved. Clue number one. A moment where you willingly surrendered to God. Where you repented, and asked Christ to save you.
- There should be a full knowledge that Jesus Christ is God.
- There should be a belief in the Trinity.
- You should worry about whether your thoughts and actions please God. This literally is one of the best indicators you’re saved – did you worry about this when you were worldly? Nope.
- You should have experienced a sudden change of thought, where you see things differently now. If things seem exactly the same to you as before you were saved… danger sign.
- Last but not least – can you comprehend and understand Scripture? I use this test in person – I hand people a Bible and tell them to read. I turn it to Revelation chapter one, and ask them what color is Jesus Christ’s hair? If you read it three times and still don’t understand, danger sign. If I turn you to Romans 5 and ask you to explain that to me and you can’t – we’re back to square one.
I could give this list to a million Pastors, and they’d agree with me that these are the cardinal signs of salvation. You may not have perfect understanding of every Bible verse – goodness knows, I still read a few passages and I throw my hands up because they could have three different meanings. What’s this “Saved through childbearing” and “baptized for the dead”? I know three possible meanings for each one. I go by the interpretation that makes the most sense, but they’re hard Scriptures.
If you really have a concern, deal with it and make sure. But in 99% of the cases of Christians who worry about this, I usually say, “Don’t.”
Just the enemy messing with you.
And that’s also a good sign you’re saved.