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Salvation Assurance

How many of you have ever asked someone this question:

How sure are you of your salvation?

What kind of answer are you expecting to this? Pretty sure? Sort of sure? It doesn’t matter one bit how sure someone is of their salvation. Either they have faith in Christ for salvation or they don’t! There is no middle ground. To adapt a quote from Yoda, “Be, or be not. There is no ‘try.'”

MSE

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9 Responses

  1. I just preached on this from 1 Cor. 1.8-9. It’s there.

  2. Matt,
    You make it sound so easy. I’ve been following some conversations between a Lutheran apologist and some Reformed apologists and the conversation became so complicated (at least for my simple Lutheran mind).

    • I think it is just that easy. Of course, almost everyone doubts their salvation from time to time, but if we look at what Scripture says (Rom 10:9, for instance), then we can see what we must do to be saved.

  3. I’ve not asked anyone that before because I don’t want to be the spark of doubt, but I have referred to Paul’s words in 2 Cor. 13:5 – Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you not recognize for yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?– unless you fail the test. (CSB)

    I pretty much approach it from the perspective you’re either living for Christ or you’re not–not much of a spiritual neutral ground to stand on.

  4. You raise an interesting question on two levels.
    First, while Christians with exegetical capabilities can safely look at such questions as an interesting exercise, Christians without such capabilities may, as Jason points out, develop sparks of doubt. It is incumbent on those of us who can examine such questions without damaging our faith to ask such questions of others only when we are confident of the ability of the others to confront the questions without generating unnecessary doubt.
    Second, I wonder whether your query actually begs the real question. Is it really important how sure we are of our faith? On the surface, sure, but we are saved or not saved independent of how we feel about it. Our salvation is not dependent on our feelings about it, but upon the grace of God as expressed through his Son, Jesus Christ, and our acceptance of that grace. Perhaps a better question might be: Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior? If yes, then the person is saved and his feelings about that are irrelevant. If no, then (if the Holy Spirit so leads) you have a project on which to work.

    • Exactly. The only thing that might prove to be a problem is when you ask a person if they have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. You want to make sure that your definitions are set. Who is Jesus? What did he save us from? After establishing that, then I’d be more willing to head to your question.

      • To me, it seems a better way to do that is to follow the original question of “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior?” with the follow up of “And what does that mean to you?” You accomplish the same end result wiithout unnecessarily giving someone reason to question his faith.
        In any event, I enjoy your blog. You raise intersting questions.

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