How Can I Know I Am Saved?

Bill Brinkworth

A person can know if he is saved. If he has trusted in Christ's death as payment for his sins as the only way to heaven, he will see himself changed. He will see new things happen in his life.

Here is an examination of some of those new things:
A NEW belief. A saved person believes differently than he believed before.
“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: …These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:10-13

A NEW interest in God’s people.
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:14-16  The “brethren” are other saved people.

A NEW Master. A saved person is attentive and interested in obeying a new Master — God!
“Jesus answered them, …  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” John 10:25-29

A NEW Life. A saved person gets a second chance at life. He gets to start over; this time with God's guidance and help.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17
The new life may include things that one would never have suspected that he would do, such as: reading the Bible, desiring a ministry, being faithful to church attendance, etc.  He will also find he no longer has a desire to do many of the wrong things he used to do, and even has a conviction against doing them.

A NEW Trust. A saved person has a God that he can trust and rely on.
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” II Tim 1:12

A NEW fruitNEW interests
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts  ….” Gal. 5:22-25  

When the Spirit of God indwells us, there are some things He wants done in our lives and around us. These changes that we allow Him to do in us and with us are proofs of our salvation.

February 20, 1999, Updated: 8/28/2012

This lesson was featured in The Bible View #237.

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