Posted by: missionventureministries | July 6, 2015

HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE SAVED? – Galatians 2:20

Galatians 2 vs 20

Are you someone who says, “Jesus is my Lord”, “I believe in God”, “I love Jesus”?  

Many people believe in facts concerning Christ. They believe that He is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for the sins of the world. But they do not love Him supremely, nor are they willing to obey Him and follow Him. This is not true faith in Christ and it will never bring salvation. 

If you have truly repented, believed, and received Christ, there will be definite evidences of salvation and changes in your life.  

A person who is truly saved has new desires. Whereas in the past, they did not care for the things of the Lord, now they love them. The Bible says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) 

When we are truly born again, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. One thing that He does is to cause us to know that God is truly our Father and we are His children because, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16) 

One of the first signs that a person who is truly born again experiences are changes that take place in their life, and that the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit is exhibited in their manner of living.  

In the Bible, the word fruit is often used to describe a person’s outward actions that result from the condition of the heart. Good fruit is that which is produced by the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 tells us: the fruit of His Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The more we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, the more this fruit is evident (Galatians 5:16, 25). Jesus told His followers, “I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last…” (John 15:16) 

Another way to know is that true born again believers want others to experience the joy and peace they have found in Christ. They want to share Christ with everyone they meet and love their brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible says, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.” (1 John 3:14) 

If you have fully understood what it means to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and yet you are still not sure, there is a reason. The reason is that you are not willing to give your heart to the Lord. You are not willing to obey Him. 

Jesus confronted and condemned the hypocrites and Pharisees when He told them to their faces; “why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). He further stated that “you belong to your father, the devil.”  (John 8:44) 

Jesus defined the final test for whoever wants to be a true Christian when He declared: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23) 

To help you understand what it is that is keeping you from being saved, consider carefully the following questions: 

  • Is something else more important in your life than Jesus Christ?
  • Is there some sin in your life which you are not willing to give up?
  • Are you willfully staying away from fellowshipping with other Christians?
  • Are you involved in a sinful relationship with someone that you are not willing to give up?
  • Are you holding bitterness or unforgiveness in your heart against someone?
  • Is there some point of pride which you are not willing to give up in order to be saved?
  • Have you committed some sin against someone which you are not willing to make amends?

Whatever it may be in your life, if you are not willing to obey God, then it means that you have not repented. You will not be saved unless you change your heart attitude and repent. The Lord Jesus said, “…unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)

Scriptures tell us: If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” (Hebrews 10:26-27) 

When you are saved, it does not mean that you become immediately perfect or that you no longer struggle with sin. But you stop engaging in sin willfully and defiantly. You cannot love God and love the things that grieve Him.  

You will know that you are truly saved when you can rejoice in what the Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) 

An absolute fact is that Salvation always brings transformation and regeneration.

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