God used John to write a unique biography of the Lord so “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30) Because there were some false teachers in his time that insisted in confusing the believers causing them to doubt the gospel and therefore clouding their understanding of salvation, John wrote this simple letter. He did it so “that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13)
In the next few weeks we will see how salvation plays out in our everyday living helping us to objectively know we are saved. Today I would like to help you understand that if you have truly and biblically responded to the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, your salvation is secured and it will never go away.
First, you must believe that the Bible is God speaking to us and He does not lie. The Bible does not defend itself; it asserts itself. Faith is a requirement for everything related to our Christian living and it begins with believing that God exists and that He communicates with us sharing His purposes and plans with us.
Second, you need to believe that Jesus is real. The one issue John was attacking in this letter was that since God is spirit He did not come in human form but in spiritual form. So He did not experience human birth, human pain and human death. Resurrection was staged by His disciples. Therefore faith is not sufficient, we need to work for our salvation and we cannot know for sure that we are going to heaven. John gets rid of that notion from the get go. John introduced them (and us) to Jesus and he was trustworthy because he heard Jesus speak, he saw Jesus in the flesh, he touched him with his hands. We may fellowship with Him and rejoice in that fellowship. Jesus is real. (1 John 1:1-4)
Third, believe that Jesus Christ is you Savior. God loves you and would like to hang out with you forever. (John 3:16) Unfortunately, He can’t stand sin and we are loaded with it causing a huge gap between Him and us. (Romans 3:23, 6:23A) He provided the solution. (Romans 6:23B) Jesus Christ (the Son of God) became human, lived a sinless life, died to pay the penalty for our sin, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven and is constantly interceding for those who have put their trust in Him as the only who can save them. One day He will come back and everything will be the way it was intended to be from the beginning. No sin, no death, eternal joy. Here is the kicker; you must exercise faith. You must respond to His offer. (Romans 10:9-10, 13) There lays the first step in knowing you are saved. Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
Now, this faith that we exercise for salvation did not originate with us and will not be perfected by us; it’s all Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that He is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus was the one who originated our salvation faith and is the one who will perfect it so it’s Him who we look up to for the assurance of our salvation and not our works. Salvation comes not by believing what Jesus did for us but by believing Jesus, the one who did what was needed for us to be saved. Now that you have responded to the gospel by trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior He is the Advocate that keeps you saved. (1 John 2:1; Romans 8:34)
Who can condemn you, a true believer, of the penalty for sin? No one can. Why? Because Jesus seated at the right hand side of God the Father interceding for us becoming the guarantee of our right standing before God and our eternal freedom from the consequences of our sin. (Hebrews 7:21–25)
This is true even when sin is still active in your everyday life. Why is that? How can that be? Because just as you could not do anything to save yourself, there is nothing you can do to remain saved. It all Jesus Christ! Your feelings are not to be trusted. (Jeremiah 17:9; 1 John 3:20) So, Know the Facts, exercise Faith and do not trust your Feelings. One more thing; to further assure you of your salvation, God has sent living daily proof of your relationship. As an official seal is placed in a contract between two individuals to guarantee the contract’s validity, so God has given a seal (a guarantee) of His promise to you. (Ephesians 1:13–14) The Holy Spirit at work within you is indisputable proof of your salvation. His work in your life will bring changes. Some changes will be gradual; some will be instant. The inward and outward changes that result are the final proof of your salvation. Don’t doubt but believe. If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are saved and nothing can change that. Praise the Lord!