We do not need to live under
the fear of wondering if we are really saved. Besides His assurance
of our forgiveness in the Bible, God has given us two indicators
of our spiritual state: spiritual fruit and having the Holy Spirit
work in our life.
WHY IS UNDERSTANDING THIS TRUTH IMPORTANT?
Because a "saved" stamp doesn't appear on our forehead,
or a letter of acceptance from God doesn't appear in our mailbox
when we are saved, it is common to wonder whether or not we actually
are. Questions about where we really stand before God can cause
fears and doubts that you arent really saved and can distance
from God because youre unsure of how He sees you.
Fears and doubts about whether we are really
saved will cripple our walk and relationship with God and may even
cause us to "give up".
THE TRUTH: WE CAN BE CONFIDENT OF WHERE
WE STAND BEFORE GOD
At some point in your Christian walk, you may begin
to wonder if you are really saved. The truth in Gods Word
shows us we dont need to experience fear and doubt over your
salvation. Romans 10.9 says, If you confess with your mouth
Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised
Him from the dead, you will be saved. If these things
are true of us, we do not need to wonder about how we stand before
In addition to this verse and others like it, the
Bible gives us two main ways that we can be sure that we are saved:
- bearing spiritual fruit (Matthew
12.33 Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make
a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized
by its fruit.)
- seeing the Holy Spirit work in our life
(John 7.38-39 "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture
has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were
later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given,
since Jesus had not yet been glorified.).
The first way we can be confident
of where we stand before God is through our "spiritual fruit".
Our lifestyle reveals our spiritual condition.
If we are bearing spiritual fruit, love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control
(Galatians 5.22-23); if God has made changes in our life and is
continuing to work, we can be certain of our salvation.
Spiritual fruit is a natural result of our spiritual
condition. We dont have to try to bear fruit, because if we
are close to God, He will be working in us and spiritual fruit will
be evident in our lives. Another part of the evidence of salvation
in our lives is our response to Gods Word. Jesus says in John
15.14, You are my friends if you do what I command.
This means that if we are obeying Gods Word and applying it
to our life, we can be assured that God sees us as a friend.
Our good works do not bring about our salvation, but
they are evidence of it. If we cannot see fruit in our life, it
MAY be indicative of a lack of sincere faith. If you feel this might
be the case, talk to a spiritual friend or leader. Sometimes we
are tricked into thinking we dont have fruit so well
doubt our faith, when in fact, there is fruit in our life. A mature
Christian friend can help us see the fruit we feel might be missing.
Or, if we really arent exhibiting fruit, they can help direct
us to do what needs to be done.
It is important to understand that the abundance of
our spiritual fruit is usually in correlation to our spiritual maturity.
A new Christian cannot compare their "fruit" with the
"fruit" of someone who has been a Christian for 50 years...if
they do, they might conclude that they don't have spiritual fruit.
The important thing is that God is making changes in your life --
it NOT important whether that change is big or small, noticable
or unnoticeable to others.
Confidence: Holy Spirit