HOW DO WE KNOW
IF WE ARE SAVED?
We can see the Holy Spirit 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.
We bear good fruit (live a life that is pleasing
to God - see question in column to the right):
Matthew 3.8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
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.
John 12.46 I have come into the world as a light, so
that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
1 Corinthains 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he
is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
We obey Jesus:
John 10.27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them,
and they follow me.
John 14.15 If you love me, you will obey what I command.
For more information on this topic see Foundations:
WHAT SAVES US: FAITH OR WORKS?
Because some religious groups place such an emphasis
on works, many people are misled to believe that the good things
they do will save them. However, the Bible teaches that we are saved
by grace through faith it also teaches that the evidence
of our faith is good works. Therefore, good works DO NOT save us
(Gods grace does), but they result from genuine faith in God.
A lack of good works, MAY be indicative of a lack of sincere faith.
Faith/belief that results in repentance saves us:
John 5.24 "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word
and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned;
he has crossed over from death to life.
Luke 13.3 ...But unless you repent, you too will all
Genuine repentance and faith result in good works:
James 2.14-26 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims
to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose
a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of
you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,"
but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the
same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is
.As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without
deeds is dead.
Philippians 2.12-13 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have
always obeyed not only in my presence, but now much more
in my absence continue to work out your salvation with fear
and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act
according to his good purpose.
Good works DO NOT save us:
Ephesians 2.8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through
faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
not by works, so that no one can boast.
Titus 3.5 He saved us, not because of righteous things we
had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing
of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit...
The thief on the cross next to Jesus believed and repented of his
sin. He was saved even though the didnt have opportunity to
prove his faith through his actions:
Luke 23.40-43 But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't
you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same
sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds
deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said,
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. "
Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be
with me in paradise.