How do you know if you’re saved? How can you be sure?

How do you know if you’re saved? How can you be sure?

2 Peter 1:10

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.

Confirmation of the Word and by Others

Some believers will be able to tell by your fruits that you have been chosen by God, and it will be obvious to them (1 Thessalonians 1:4). Some can rely on the Word of God and know that God is able to keep them from stumbling (Jude 1:24). Maybe you have read scripture where Jesus said that no one who comes to Him will be turned away (John 6:37) and that those of His will not able to be plucked from His or His Father’s hand (John 10:28-29). Or they might read Jesus frequently saying that He will not ever lose even one whom He has chosen (John 6:39) because the Father drew them to Him (John 6:44). They can read for themselves that neither life nor death, nor angels (presumably fallen ones), nor powers or any created thing can ever separate them from God (Rom 8:38-39). For many, that’s how they can be sure.

How Can You Be Sure?

The difference between the Holy Spirit’s conviction and the condemnation of the enemy is that the Spirit always brings us to repentance. We ask for forgiveness, but the enemy always makes us feel that we are unworthy to be saved and that there’s no way that we can really be a Christian. A believer will always feel conviction after sinning, seek to confess their sins (1 John 1:9), and acknowledge that they still sin (1 John 1:8, 10). Believers can’t sin and feel okay about themselves. They will also have a hunger and thirst for the Word of God (Psalm 42:1), and they will have a love for the Word of God (Psalm 119:97, 159) that the world doesn’t have.

Fruit Inspection

If a person is really abiding in Christ, they’ll be bearing fruit that brings evidence of this abiding in Christ (John 15:5a) because it is impossible to produce godly fruit apart from Christ (John 15:5b). Someone who is truly saved will love to be obedient to the commands that Jesus gives us (John 14:12-17), including our love for one another (John 15:12). We will love the brethren (1 John 3:14), but we will not love the world (1 John 2:15), and the world will hate us for that (John 15:18-19). These things are how you can know if you are saved with certainty.

A Closing Prayer

Holy Father, Righteous God, thank You for loving me first before I ever loved You (1 John 4:19), and that love was displayed perfectly on the cross. Not one of us deserved this love, but that’s why Your grace is so amazing, and I thank You for that. In the Great Son of God’s name, Jesus Christ, I pray.


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