To be saved is to be in the most glorious position that anyone could be in. It means we have our sins forgiven; we know Jesus as Lord and Saviour; we know God as our Father; we have eternal life that can never be taken away; we will never go to hell, we will be with our Lord forever, we are in the family of God. We are, to sum up, utterly totally and eternally blessed. And it does not get any better than that!
The Bible talks about being saved. In Ephesians 2:8 Paul tells the Ephesian Christians how it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast (Eph. 2:8-9). But what does being saved involve? It has the idea of being saved from all that is bad and being saved to all that is good. To be a Christian is to be saved from sin, death, hell and condemnation. And we are saved to belong to God. God has saved us for Himself. We are now the Lord’s. He owns us; we belong to Him.
So are you saved? To which you say; “I am just not bothered”? But, how can you have that attitude when the issues at stake are so big? This is a matter of eternity. If you are not saved, you are destined for eternal destruction which, according to the Bible, is a never ending death. Perhaps you might think “it’s not for me”. But the issues face all of us. It is a universal truth that people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (Heb. 9:27).
We must be clear then that salvation is the most wonderful thing and we should be bothered about it. All of us should consider this matter. Given all this, the question now arises how can I be saved? A jailer from Philippi was once concerned about these issues and asked Paul and Silas “what must I do to be saved?’ They replied ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:30b-31a). This means we must repent of our sins, which are the great hindrance to our believing, and trust ourselves to Jesus Christ who died to take away the sins of all who believe. If you have done this then you are saved! Praise God!
So are you saved? To which you say; “I am just not sure”? You are asking; how can I know I have believed? How can I know I am saved? One way to test where we stand is to answer the following question in your heart before God who knows all things. The question is: What is it that makes you sure you are going to be in heaven with Jesus. If your answer stresses that it solely on this basis of what Jesus Christ has done for me through His dying for my sins and being raised that I might be right with God, then you are making the confession of a saved person. If you say it is because I was born in Britain, born with Christian parents, have lived a good life, never harmed anyone, or done lots of good things then you are making the confession of someone who is not saved, but rather is destined for hell.
But, we can further test ourselves by looking at what is in our lives. This is because when we become Christians our lives are changed. The scripture says If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Cor. 5:17). One of the key things that happens upon salvation is that the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us. This being the case every Christian should be knowing something of the fruit of the Spirit in their life. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23b).
Moreover, we have the book of 1 John in the Bible which is a treatise on what the life of a saved person looks like. From this book we learn that a saved person: hates sin, depends totally on Jesus, loves fellow Christians, loves the commands of God and wants to obey them, wants to live in a righteous way, does not want to follow the selfish ways of the world, views Jesus as the Christ of God revealed in flesh as a man and looks for the Lord’s return. Are you such a person? If you can say that these are the general desires of your life then you can know that you are saved.
So are you saved? This is the biggest question you can ever face in your life. On it hangs your whole eternity. What matters in the end is whether or not you now Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. And if you do know the wonder of this blessing of eternal salvation, should you not be telling others about this great salvation and great Saviour.
Taken from the Feltham Evangelical Church newsletter of May 2013.