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Podcast: How You Can Know That You Are Saved

By God's Word you can know you are saved

“How can you know that you are saved?” This was the question that came up in my heart as a young Christian and one that I believe troubles many just like it troubled me.

I knew that the Bible says that if someone believes in the Lord Jesus they will be saved and have eternal life. But I still doubted if I was really saved.

I have recorded this podcast to present three proofs from the Bible that have given me the assurance that I am really saved. Then in the following paragraphs,  I confirm the three main proofs presented in the podcast.

Three proofs to enable you to know that you are saved

1. God’s faithful Word assures you

The first way that you can know that you are saved is by God’s sure Word in the Bible. First John 5:13 says,

“I have written these things to you that you may know that you have eternal life, to you who believe in the name of the Son of God.”

This verse tells us that we can know that we are really saved.  It also tells us that the written words of the Bible are a proof to assure us who believe in the Lord so that we can know that we have eternal life

To illustrate, we can use, Romans 10:13 which says, For “whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If even once  you have called on the name of the Lord  Jesus saying,

“O Lord Jesus! Lord Jesus! Lord, I believe into You! I believe that You died for my sins and rose from the dead!”

Have you called on the Lord Jesus? Yes? Then you can hold God to His word and say, “Thank you Lord, based on Your word in Romans 10:13, I know that I’m saved.”

There is nothing stronger than holding a person to their own word. How much more with our righteous and faithful God!

2. The Holy Spirit with your spirit witnesses within you

Not only do we have the proof by the Bible in our hands, but we also have the proof by the Holy Spirit’s witnessing with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16 says,

“The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are the children of God.”

This was the part that really sealed it for me. I believed the Bible, but I would question in my mind, “Did I really believe in the Lord? Am I really saved?”

But then one day, I discovered the deepest part of my being—my human spirit. It  is our spirit that was created with the special function of contacting God, receiving God, and containing God. But it is not until we receive Christ that we begin to realize its function.

It is when we open our mouth to confess our faith in Jesus Christ that something wonderful happened. We experience the witnessing of the Holy Spirit with our spirit, assuring us that we are children of God.

I expect the reason many Bible-believing Christians doubt their salvation is that they don’t experience such an inner witnessing of the Holy Spirit with their spirit. One verse that helped me in this regard was 1 Corinthians 12:3, which ends, “…no one can say, Jesus is Lord! except in the Holy Spirit.” So when I called on the Lord Jesus, I experienced being in the Holy Spirit and realized His witness deep within me that I was a child of God.

If you want to enjoy the Spirit’s witnessing, don’t be a silent Christian. Declare your faith in the Lord Jesus, to someone you love, and even to the creation. Tell the birds, the flowers and whoever you can,

“I believe in the Lord Jesus! I’m a child of God”

Then by the Holy Spirit’s inner witnessing with your spirit you will know that you are saved.

3. Your spontaneous love for your fellow believers confirms to you 

The third proof that helped me to know that I was really saved was the spontaneous love I felt for other believers in Christ. Sometimes, even without really knowing them, I would have a feeling within that certain people were also believers in Christ and sense such a sweet feeling toward them.

This was also a strong confirmation to me that I was genuinely saved. In 1 John 3:14, the apostle John said,

“We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brothers.”

To Summarize…

By these three strong proofs:

1) the proof by God’s Word in the Bible,

2) the proof by the Holy Spirit’s witnessing with your spirit, and

3) the proof by your love for your fellow believers in Christ,

you can know that you are saved. When you know that you are really saved and are a child of God, you’ll have the necessary foundation to begin a joyful Christian life and to grow up in God’s salvation.

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About Tom Smith

Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

4 Replies

  1. Glad to hear the podcast has restarted!

    1. Tom Smith

      Thanks for the help and encouragement. Topic ideas are also welcome 🙂

  2. In the podcast audio, you mentioned two verses to help know that you are saved: Romans 10:13 and Mark 16:16. One says you have to call, but the other says believe and be baptized to be saved. Which is it, or are they talking about different kinds of salvation? If I’m not baptized, am I still saved?

    1. Tom Smith

      Phil,

      Good Question. Both points are correct. According to Romans 10, whenever a person believes in their heart and calls on the Lord, they are immediately saved. This refers to our receiving the eternal life that spares us from God’s condemnation and eternal perdition as mentioned by the Lord in John 3:16 (“believes…shall not perish but have eternal life). However, Mark 16:16 addresses two aspects of being saved–believing which is sufficient to save us from condemnation , and baptism–which delivers us from the usurping world, the evil age, just like the waters of the Red Sea delivered Israel from the tyranny of the Egyptian ruler, Pharaoh. For more on the “saving” signfied by baptism you may want to read my post on “Do I Need to Be Baptized to Be Saved?.”

      The point is that we need to stand on the sure Word of the Bible, to know that we are saved and not be carried about by our fluctuating feelings. Thanks for the insightful comment.

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