Can you know for certain that you are saved? Can you know for certain that you have eternal life and that when you die, you will be with Christ forever? The Bible says that you can know. In fact, 1 John is one of places in the Bible full of the promises of assurance of salvation.
Do you know you are a sinner in need of cleansing and do you love confessing your sins? “If we say that have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:8-9)
Do you love finding new ways to obey God? “And this is how we know that we know Him, if we keep his commandments” (1 Jn. 2:3).
Do you long for heaven and the resurrection and the return of Christ? Is meeting Jesus and seeing Him and being with Him forever one of your greatest passions? “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he appears, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure” (1 Jn. 3:2-3).
Do you love going to church and being with God’s people? If you miss a week do you feel it? Or could you go for weeks or months without it? “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren” (1 Jn. 3:14). “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin” (1 Jn. 1:7).
If these things characterize you and are growing in you, be assured by God’s Word that Christ is in you, and you are in Him by His Holy Spirit, and you have eternal life. But if these things do not describe you, do not kid yourself, do not lie to yourself. And if you have any questions about any of this, please talk to me or one of the other elders.