1 John 5:13, “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”
Many Christians acknowledge that the Bible teaches the assurance of salvation, but they can’t seem to find it for themselves. Despite having placed their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, they are dreadfully afraid that God hasn’t accepted them. My beloved, if this is your situation, don’t despair.
Please consider this illustration – A man was fishing on a quiet lake after the sun went down. The night air was very still, and the moon reflected perfectly in the water. But when he cast his line into the reflection, the image shattered. Had the moon actually broken? Of course it hadn’t! One look upward assured him that it will still there.
Likewise, the joy of a Christian’s salvation can be shattered by doubt, attacks by satan, circumstances, gnawing fears, or depression. But losing the joy of one’s salvation doesn’t mean that salvation itself has been lost. The believer in Christ must look upward in faith to God and to the assurances of “His Eternal Word” to have his/her confidence restored. My beloved, if you’re plagued by times of doubt, please consider the following guidelines for maintaining assurance:
(1) Communicate with God often through prayer; (2) Confess every known sin, and do what you know is right; (3) Spend time with strong believers. Above all, let them love you; (4) Reach out in concern to others because you love them; (5) Recognize that your doubts and depressions may be more emotional than spiritual; (6) Read your Bible (especially 1 John, Romans 8:31-39, and John 10:27-29) to remind yourself of the solid foundation on which your salvation firmly stands.
J. S. Whale professor of Cambridge University received a letter from a man who wrote that he and his wife were in their mid-sixties and saw no need for Jesus. They had never visited a church, had no belief in God or a future life, and yet had been happily married for 40 years. They were highly respected, and they did their best to make this world a better place to live in. So the writer wondered what religion could possibly offer them
How Dr. Whale answered that letter, I don’t know; however, I do know that Jesus said He had come to offer “life” – life that is more abundant than anything this world could ever offer (John 10:10). Unlike the temporary nature of so much that we experience now, the life He offers is everlasting and secure (John 3:15-16).
My beloved, as we move into our older or golden years, sooner or later our strength diminishes. We may even suffer from a painful illness or some crippling ailment; we may be unable to care for others, or for ourselves; we may experience the loss of those we love; and the shadow of oncoming death will grow even darker.
When the sea of life is calm, there seems to be no need for a storm-subduing Captain in our little ship; however, trouble and death come to all of us. To deny our need for God is to deny reality, thus everyone needs Jesus Christ and the secure salvation that only He can give.
The first step to receiving abundant life in Christ is to admit that we need it and that God’s truth is the best protection against satan’s lies.