The assurance or certainty of your salvation is out of the most essential aspects of the Christian walk. This assurance must be primarily based on the authority of God’s Word. Let’s look at what God’s Word declares.
1. God promises eternal life in His Word:
a) According to John 1:12, what is the promise associated with receiving Jesus? __________________________
b) John 3:16 states that whoever believes in Christ has: ________________________________
c) John 5:24 says that the one who believes in God will not experience _______________________________
d) In John 10:27-28 we learn that we will never _______________________________
2. The Holy Spirit gives us assurance of our salvation:
a) According to Romans 8:16-17, what does the Holy Spirit bear witness of in our lives?__________________________________________
b) What is the guarantee of our future life according to Ephesians 1:13-14?
3. What is the purpose of John’s letter stated in 1John 5:13?
John uses the phrase “we know” (assurance) throughout his letter to help believers come to a place of assurance about their salvation (found over 30 times).
a) What is the ultimate purpose and goal of John’s letter in 1 John 5:13?
b) In 1 John 2:23, what action is described here that would cause someone to forfeit their relationship with the Father?
c) What is the basis of assurance in 1 John 3:14-15?
d) In 1 John 4:13, what has God given to his children to bring us assurance of salvation? _______________________________________________
e) According to 1 John 4:14-15, what work does the Spirit produce in us that brings assurance? _________________________________________________
4. Read Philippians 2:12-13. Verse twelve states that Christians must work out their own salvation. What promise is there to claim in verse 13? ___________________________________________________
God wants us to know that we have eternal life (1 John 5:11-13). It is not His will that we live our life on a daily basis wondering if we are saved. If you doubt your salvation remember that your salvation ultimately rests only on God’s finished work for you. In addition, you must remember that it was God who has first sought you out and saved you (Luke 19:10). He opened your eyes and made known to you His will and purpose (Eph 1:9). Therefore, walk in the truth that God has revealed to you and your heart will be assured (1 John 3:19-20).