Assurance of Salvation How Can I Know For Sure If I Am Saved From Hell?

by purifymyheart

What is “Assurance of Salvation?”
“People sometimes write us at Revive Our Hearts and they say, “How can I know that I’m a Christian?”
Excerpt from this  message that I heard today for the first time and just had to share it by Bible Teacher Nancy  DeMoss Wolgemuth.
” All the way through the Scripture, the concept of obedience is linked with relationship. It’s a relational term. Obedience flows out of a personal relationship with God. It’s something that’s motivated by love. It is God’s kids who obey Him.
We see through the Scripture that when we obey, we demonstrate that we have a relationship with God. We demonstrate that He is our Father. We demonstrate that we have genuine faith; that we have truly been born again into the family of God.

Obedience is one of the most important and essential elements and expressions of true faith. You read about this particularly in the first Epistle of John. First John chapter 2. Listen to these words:

“And by this we know that we have come to know him” (verse 3a). Now, the book of 1 John was written to give people assurance of their salvation. How do you know for sure you’re a child of God?

People sometimes write us at Revive Our Hearts and they say, “How can I know that I’m a Christian?” First John chapter 2:3 tells us one of the ways we can know:

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (vv. 3–6)
Then you go to 1 John chapter 3, beginning in verse 5, and you see this same theme:

You know that [Christ] appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him [no one who belongs to him] keeps on sinning [habitually or doesn’t live in sinful habit patterns]; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. [So John says,] Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning . . . No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. (v. 5–9)
If God is your Heavenly Father, your inclination will be to obey God: “By this it is evident who are the children of God.” (v. 10)

“It is the people who have their name on the church roll. It is the people who are involved in small groups for Bible study. It is the people who live really good lives.” Is that what it says?

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (v. 10)

John is saying here that to prove that you are a child of God to yourself or to others, takes more than just intellectual assent to the gospel, more than just saying, “I believe.” It has to be demonstrated in the kind of obedience that is characteristic of children to their parents.

Not only does obedience demonstrate genuine salvation, but it also demonstrates genuine love for God. It’s how we show that we love God. We show that by obeying Him. It’s how we demonstrate our love for Christ. Over and over again in Scripture—interestingly enough, again in the writings of John—this time in the Gospel of John, chapter 14. Jesus said,

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (v. 15).

If you love your husband, you will do the things that please him. And if you love God, you will demonstrate it by obeying him.

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. (v. 21)

The Jews of the Old Testament prided themselves on having the Law of God. “We’re Abraham’s children. We have the Ten Commandments.”

Therefore, they thought they were spiritually okay. But Jesus says, “No—whoever has my commandments and keeps them (obedience), he it is who loves Me. That’s the one who’s related to Me.

And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. Judas (not Iscariot) said to him,

“Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (vv. 21–23)

That kind of obedience—loving, wholehearted, complete obedience—was what Jesus modeled in His relationship with His Heavenly Father. I love that verse in John 14:31 as Jesus and His disciples are getting ready to leave that upper room scene, and they’re going to the place where Jesus knows He will be betrayed and handed over to the Romans.

Jesus says, “But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.” Where were they going? Into the jaws of death.

Jesus said, “Even if it kills Me, I want the world to know that I love My Father, so I’m going to obey His command.” What evidence does your life give to the world, that you love your Heavenly Father? Do they see you obeying God even when it’s costly? Do they see you demonstrating your love for Him?

I want us also to see that obedience is the means through which we can experience the reality of Christ and His love in our lives. Jesus said in that passage that we just read, John 14:21, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them . . . I will love him and manifest myself to him.” There is a paraphrase of that verse that says, “I will love him and make Myself real to him.”

Do you want to know more of the love of Christ in your life? Do you want to draw closer to Christ? Do you want to sense His nearness and His sweetness and His intimacy in your life? Jesus said, “If you have My commands and you obey them, I will manifest Myself to you. I will make Myself real to you. You will experience My reality in your life” (paraphrase).

Then He says in verse 23 of John 14,

If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Isn’t that what you want in your life—for God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to make themselves at home in your heart?

“We will come, and we’ll make our home with him.” You can experience the reality of Christ in your life in a greater way through obedience. Jesus says, “If you keep my commandments—you are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 14:15 paraphrase).

That’s the way to experience intimacy with Christ. Now, as we think about obeying Christ as a means of showing our faith and showing our love and experiencing greater intimacy with Christ, remember that in the whole context of John chapter 14 and 15 (where we’ve been reading), and in 1 John (where we started out), there is one major command of Christ that comes up again and again and again.

What is the command? That we love one another. Now, I believe Jesus is talking about obedience to all of His commands, but isn’t it interesting that that’s the one command that He brings up in this context of obedience?

“If you love me, you will obey me, and this is my command: that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (paraphrase). You read it in John 13, John 15, 1 John 3, and 1 John 4—this is the commandment we have from Him.

“Whoever loves God must also love his brother” (paraphrase). As we pull all of this together, let me ask you a couple of questions. Are you obeying His command to love others as He has loved you?

You say, “Yes, I love people.” Do you love all people? Are there any brothers, sisters, or people in the family of God that you don’t love? Maybe they’re not loveable. It may be your mate. It may be a particular child. It may be a relative—someone that you don’t love with 1 Corinthians 13, agape kind of love.

If there is someone that you’re not loving in a Christ-like way, you can’t say that you’re obeying His commands. “If you love Me, you’ll obey Me. If you obey Me, you will love one another” (paraphrase).

Based on your obedience quotient; based on your lifestyle of obedience, what evidence is there that you are truly a child of God? If that’s how you get proof—assurance; evidence of your salvation—how much evidence is there that you are a child of God?

We can’t be bitter, cantankerous, and ornery; feuding with people; not getting along with people; having rifts between us and other people and say we’re Christians. Jesus said, “People will know that your profession is true if you have love for one another.”

Let me say it again. You have no basis for assurance that you are a child of God if you do not obey the commands of Christ, and one of the primary commands He tells us to obey is to love one another.

It’s not enough to claim that you love Him. It’s not enough to say that you love Him. Are you obeying Him? Do you love others as He has loved you?

Leslie: Loving your neighbor isn’t just a suggestion. Nancy Leigh DeMoss has been showing us what obedience to God looks like in day-to-day life. She’ll be right back to pray.

A new appreciation for obedience often follows revival. So does a passion for purity, holiness, honesty, and repentance. These are all qualities of revival that Nancy covers in a workbook she co-wrote called, Seeking Him.”
Click link to read or hear full message (audio at top) of this inspiring and convicting message from God’s Word that is rarely heard in the modern day church. I NEED to hear this message.



John MacArthur    “A Believer’s Assurance: A Practical Guide to Victory over Doubt”    Link:


3)  Paul Washer  

Assurance Of Salvation  1 John 1:5-9



4)  John MacArthur  (New Covenant)

The Christian’s Incompatibility with Sin, Part 2   1 John 3:4-8 March 2, 2003 62-26



From Grace To You – John MacArthur ministry.
Excerpt from:
11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation

In 1746, about six years after the Great Awakening, in which Jonathan Edwards was the primary instrument of God to preach the gospel and bring about the greatest revival in American history thus far, Edwards wrote A Treatise Concerning the Religious Affections. He wrote it to deal with a problem not unlike one we face today: the matter of evidence for true conversion. Many people want the blessings of salvation, especially eternal security, but no more.

In the explosive drama of the Great Awakening, it seemed as though conversions were occurring in great numbers. However, it didn’t take long to realize that some people claimed conversions that were not real. While various excesses and heightened emotional experiences were common, scores of people didn’t demonstrate any evidence in their lives to verify their claim to know and love Jesus Christ, which led critics to attack the Great Awakening, contending it was nothing but a big emotional bath without any true conversions.

Thus, partly in defense of true conversion and partly to ex­pose false conversion, Jonathan Edwards took up his pen. He came to this simple conclusion. The supreme proof of a true conversion is what he called “holy affections,” which are a zeal for holy things and a longing after God and personal holiness. He made a careful distinction between saving versus common operations of the Holy Spirit. Saving operations obviously produce salvation. Common operations of the Holy Spirit, he said, “may sober, arrest and convict men, and may even bring them to what at first appears to be repentance and faith, yet these influences fall short of inward saving renewal” (lain H. Murray, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography [Carlisle, Pa.: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1987], p. 255).

How can you tell whether the Holy Spirit has performed a saving operation? As the principle evidence of life is motion, Edwards wrote, so the principle evidence of saving grace is holy practice (pp. 262-63). He said true salvation always produces an abiding change of nature in a true convert. Therefore, whenever holiness of life does not accompany a confession of conversion, it must be understood that this individual is not a Christian.

In the very year Edwards’ treatise was published, popular teaching asserted that, to the contrary, the only real evidence of true salvation is a feeling based on an experience—usually the experience at the moment of the alleged conversion. That teaching introduces the prevalent but erroneous concept that a person’s true spiritual state is known by a past experience rather than a present pursuit of holiness. Edwards flatly contradicted that notion: “Assurance is never to be enjoyed on the basis of a past experience. There is need of the present and continuing work of the Holy Spirit … [in] giving assurance” (p. 265). This is no esoteric theological debate: the substance of your assurance is at stake.

A number of New Testament writers, of course, were very concerned about this matter of true salvation, as was our Lord Jesus Himself. The apostle John dedicated his first letter to the subject, stating his theme at the end: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). Throughout the letter is a series of tests to determine whether you possess eternal life. If you don’t pass these tests, you’ll know where you stand and what you need to do. If you do, you’ll have reason to enjoy your eternal salvation with great assurance.”
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Paul Washer quotes on salvation:
How many people do you know believe they’re going to heaven because, they’re not trusting so much in Christ as they are the sincerity of the decision they made a long time ago? ~Paul Washer

Jesus … HIS sheep, they know His voice and they follow Him whether you disciple them or not! ~Paul Washer

We deal five minutes with a person and their conversion and then we spend the next fifty years trying to disciple a goat into a sheep. I’m not saying this because I’m angry. I’m saying this because countless people are being deceived. ~Paul Washer


What does it mean to pursue righteousness?   from Recommended resource by John MacArthur


Practicing Righteousness
1 John 3: 1 John3AMP1 John 4

1 SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.
2 Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.
3 And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).
4 Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect–being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).
5 You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [essentially and forever].
6 No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him–deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him].
7 Boys (lads), let no one deceive and lead you astray. He who practices righteousness [who is upright, conforming to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action, living a consistently conscientious life] is righteous, even as He is righteous.
8 [But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].

practicing righteousness according to this verse:

7 Boys (lads), let no one deceive and lead you astray. He who practices righteousness [#who is
conforming to the divine will
in purpose,
thought, and
living a consistently conscientious life] is righteous, even as He is righteous.


Foundational Teaching.
Complete Salvation And How To Receive It.

Bible Teacher Derek Prince.
Foundational Teaching.
Complete Salvation And How To Receive It.
– Part 1 – 4291
I. So Great a Salvation (Heb. 2:3)
A. Length, width, depth and height (Eph. 3:18)
B. Salvation not limited (Ps. 78:21–22, 41)
C. Sacrifice of Jesus perfect and ‪#‎complete‬—nothing can be added or taken away from it (Heb. 10:14)

1. ‪#‎New‬ birth: ‪#‎one‬-time experience (John 1:11–13)
11 He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

2. ‪#‎Salvation‬: an ‪#‎ongoing‬/continuing ‪#‎process‬
Perfect tense, Simple past tense, Continuing present tense.
a. Perfect tense—“having been saved” (Eph. 2:8)

Ephesians 2:8Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;

b. Simple past tense—a specific time (Titus 3:5)

Titus 3:5New King James Version (NKJV)
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

c. Continuing present—“are being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18) (compare Noah’s ark)

1 Corinthians 1:18New King James Version (NKJV)
Christ the Power and Wisdom of God
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who ‪#‎are‬ ‪#‎being‬ ‪#‎saved‬ it is the power of God.

II. New Testament Use of Sozo (Salvation)
A. Thoroughly saved (Matt. 14:35–36)
B. Gadarene demonic delivered (Luke 8:35)
C. Woman with chronic bleeding (Luke 8:48)
D. Jairus’ daughter raised from death (Luke 8:50)
E. Cripple at Golden Gate (Acts 4:9)
F. Salvation in no other (Acts 4:12)
G. Cripple at Lystra (Acts 14:8–10)
H. Preserved from all evil (2 Tim. 4:18)

III. Two Key Words
A. Exchange
1. Punished vs. forgiven (Is. 53:4–5)
2. Wounded vs. healed (Is. 53:4–5)
3. Sin vs. righteousness (Is. 53:10; 61:10)
4. Death vs. life (Heb. 2:9)
5. Curse vs. blessing (Gal. 3:13–14)
6. Poverty vs. abundance (2 Cor. 8:9; 9:8)
7. Shame vs. glory (Matt. 27:35–36)
8. Rejection vs. acceptance (Matt. 27:45–51)

– Part 2 – 4292
III. Two Key Words (cont’d.) B. Identification—double identification took place on the cross
1. Jesus as the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45, 47; 1 Pet 1:3; Rom. 6:6, 11) a. Took every evil due to us
b. Died to take penalty for our sins

2. Believer with Jesus a. Died with Him (Col. 3:3; 2 Tim. 2:11) b. Buried with Him (Rom. 6:4–5; Col. 2:12)
c. Made alive with Him (Eph. 2:4–6)
d. Resurrected with Him (Eph. 2:4–6)
e. Enthroned with Him (Eph. 2:4–6)

IV. God’s Purpose (Eph. 2:7)
A. Demonstration of the riches of God’s grace
B. His workmanship/masterpiece (Eph. 2:8)

V. How to Appropriate What God Has Done
A. Repent (Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38)
B. Believe (Acts 20:20–21)
C. Confess (Rom. 10:8–10; Heb. 4:14; 3:1; 10:21, 23)
D. Act out your faith (James 2:26; Rom. 10:9–10)

1. Be baptized (Mark 16:16)
2. Give thanks (Jonah 2:9)
3. Be led by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:14)

E. Reasons why it is not easy
1. The enemy within: carnal mind (Rom. 8:7–8)
2. The enemy without: Satan (1 Pet. 5:6–7; James 4:7)
3. Hostile environment: the world (John 15:19)
“The world” = people and systems that are not subject to the righteous government of God in the person of Jesus Christ.
4. Three forces we have to deal with:
a. The world
b. The flesh
c. The devil

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What is the New Covenant?

Link to “Two Covenants” by Andrew Murray:


Derek Prince once said something like: many are sitting on the fence, when the Holy Spirit comes, He electrifies the fence.
It’s time to review what “salvation” means. The whole counsel of God is rarely preached anymore, most of us have not heard it.


Recently, the Holy Spirit highlighted to me that the bride of Christ included a phrase “without spot or wrinkle” that is similar of what God considered an acceptable sacrifice offering in the Old Testament: “without blemish…”
Ephesians 5:27
New American Standard Bible
that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

2 Peter 3:13-15New American Standard Bible (NAS
13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,

In the ‪#‎New‬ ‪#‎Covenant‬ we are a ‪#‎livingsacrifice‬
Today, while visiting my parents, I attended their church today and it really impacted me when the Pastor said today.
….ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name!
Psalm 29:1-2 Ascribe Glory to the Lord
1A Psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.

‪#‎Then‬ the Pastor quoting from Romans 12:1: I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship….”which is the ‪#‎heart‬ of‪#‎true‬ ‪#‎worship‬!”

Romans 12:1 [ Dedicated Service ] Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Exodus 29:1 [ Consecration of the Priests ] “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to Me: take one young bull and two rams without blemish,
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Deuteronomy 17:1 [ Administration of Justice ] “You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a detestable thing to the Lord your God.
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Song of Solomon 4:7 “You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you.
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Ezekiel 43:22 ‘On the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering, and they shall cleanse the altar as they cleansed it with the bull.
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Ezekiel 43:23 When you have finished cleansing it, you shall present a young bull without blemish and a ram without blemish from the flock.
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Ezekiel 43:25 For seven days you shall prepare daily a goat for a sin offering; also a young bull and a ram from the flock, without blemish, shall be prepared.
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Ezekiel 45:18 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “In the first month, on the first of the month, you shall take a young bull without blemish and cleanse the sanctuary.
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Ezekiel 45:23During the seven days of the feast he shall provide as a burnt offering to the Lord seven bulls and seven rams without blemish on every day of the seven days, and a male goat daily for a sin offering.
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Ezekiel 46:4 The burnt offering which the prince shall offer to the Lord on the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish and a ram without blemish;
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Ezekiel 46:6 On the day of the new moon he shall offer a young bull without blemish, also six lambs and a ram, which shall be without blemish.
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Ezekiel 46:13 “And you shall provide a lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering to the Lord daily; morning by morning you shall provide it.
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Malachi 1:14 “But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King,” says the Lord of hosts, “and My name is feared among the nations.”
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Sitting in church doesn’t mean that we are “in Christ.”
I sat in church for several years but was not “in Christ.”
I ask in love, are we, are you “in Christ?”
Hebrews 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

John MacArthur
Excerpt: Examine Yourself
2 Corinthians 13:5 P03

Are you a Christian? Many people who claim to be point to some event in the past to substantiate their claim. But inviting Jesus to come into your life in the past is not proof that you are genuinely saved. In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul says to the Corinthian church, ” Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove yourselves (emphasis added).” He wouldn’t have said that if some event in the past were obviously the answer. The Bible never verifies anyone’s salvation by the past but by the present. If there is no evidence of salvation in your life now, you need to face the fact that you may not be a Christian. You need to examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith. How does one do that? Jesus shows us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

The Distinguishing Mark of a Christian

Before Jesus was born, the religious leaders of Israel had already decided what it meant to live righteously. They had developed a system contrary to Scripture based on self- righteousness generated by doing good works. When Jesus entered the world, He shattered their religious system by upholding the standard revealed in God’s Word. He revealed how a citizen of His Kingdom really lives.

If you want to know if you’re a Christian, compare your life with the standard Christ presents in the Sermon on the Mount. One word summarizes His standard: righteousness.
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John Piper:

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016  Can I Be Sure I’m Saved If Perservering Is The Proof?  An Interview with John Piper.  Topic of Assurance.
Close of audio:  “we act the miracle.”

Excerpt:  “I will just say this straight to Pete, not the biblical Pete: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” — that means, eternally live. “For” — hear the argument — “all who are led” — that is, led into that kind of warfare with sin — “all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”So, the bottom-line answer to Pete’s question about being assured or being confirmed that we are among the elect, we are among the called, is that the Holy Spirit testifies, bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. And that witness, that testimony of the Spirit, is not — I say emphatically — is not a whisper in our ear, “Hey, you doubt you’re among the elect? You are among the elect. I am whispering. I am telling you.” It doesn’t work that way. Nobody gets whispers like that.

“If the Holy Spirit is leading you to fight sin, this is the testimony that you belong to God.”

What witnesses do in a courtroom is give evidences. And two of them are mentioned here. What the Holy Spirit is doing in us, creating the evidence and the testimony is number one. He says, “All who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.” And the logic between verses 13 and 14 makes crystal clear what he means. He doesn’t mean you have to have God’s leadership as to whom you are going to marry or what job you are going to take or where you are going to live. That is not at all in Paul’s mind. He says, all who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God, and that is the ground for the fact that you will live if you make warfare with sin. And so the point is: If the Holy Spirit is leading Pete into warfare with his sin so that he hates sin and looks to the Spirit to fight sin, this is the testimony of the Spirit that he belongs to God.

And the second evidence of the Spirit’s testimony is that he is crying from the heart, “Abba! Father!” Now think about that. A computer can be programmed to say, “Abba! Father!” We all know that. There is nothing in the words that prove anything. And Paul knows that. The point is when this cry — Daddy, Father — arises from a heart with the authentic, humble need of a helpless child, craving and desperately in need of a Father’s wisdom and a Father’s care and a Father’s provision and a Father’s rescue, a ready heart, ready to submit like a trusting child, that is the work of the Holy Spirit. No human being feels those affections for, “Abba! Father!” except the Spirit-wrought. Paul said: You can’t say Jesus is Lord, let alone God is Father without the Holy Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 12:3).

“When we cry to God, ready to submit like a trusting child, that is the work of the Holy Spirit.”

So, in the end, assurance that we belong to God, we are his child, we are in the promises, we are among the elect is a gift of God. It is a miracle. But as with other miracles in the Christian life, we don’t lie around on our sofa waiting for a bolt of lightning called assurance. We do what Peter says. We confirm our calling and election. This is war. There are reasons. There are seasons of doubt, reasons for doubt, seasons for doubt in the Christian life. That is why Peter said what he said when he said: Fight for it. Don’t coast. Confirm your calling and election. That is why Paul said: Fight the good fight of faith. That is why Hebrews 3:13 says: Exhort each other every day lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief. This is war. But God does not want his children to fight and fail in the war. He means for us to enjoy the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit and the assurance of our salvation.”

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John MacArthur
Excerpt from “Elements Of A Living Sacrifice”
But if we can even expand that view of Christ to all that Christ provides, we now, then, have it
encompassing all the mercies of God. So what motivates me to make my life a living sacrifice? The
mercies of God. It’s not narrowly limited. It’s expansive.
Psalm 116:12 puts it this way: “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits unto me?” He was
really at a loss for words. He didn’t know what to give. “What shall I give the Lord in response to all
His benefits?” Here’s the answer: your life in all its components as a living sacrifice. That’s what you
Romans 12:1 and 2 answers the prayer of Psalm 116, and it starts with the soul. First, you give your
soul to God in faith in Jesus Christ, and that’s where it starts. It starts with the soul, and then when
you contemplate all that salvation is, that becomes the driving motive for sanctification.
Sometimes, people say, “Why so much doctrinal teaching? Can’t you be more practical?” No, the
truth of the matter is your orthopraxy is a direct reflection of your orthodoxy. Your ethical behavior is
a direct reflection of your dogma. Your duties flow out of your doctrine. It’s what you believe that
essentially designs your behavior. That’s a very shallow perception because there is no basis for
right behavior except right doctrine, and the more you understand about the greatness of your
salvation and the richer your grasp of it, the greater your motivation to offer yourself constantly as a
living sacrifice.
You have to keep doing it because we have a way of crawling back off the altar, don’t we? Jesus
Himself said, in John 13:17, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” The
assumption is you have to know them in order to do them.
The sweep of Paul’s mind goes here in all his epistles. He starts with doctrine, makes a transition
with the word “therefore,” and moves on to the application, the behavior. Peter actually says – Peter
the apostle – that, “Sin is the result of forgetting what happened when you were saved.” Second
Peter 1:9, he says, “Sin comes becomes you’re blind and shortsighted, and you’ve forgotten your
purification from your former sins.”
One of the things that we want to do as teachers and preachers is constantly remind you of the
glories of salvation so that you don’t forget what God has done for you and so that your gratitude
affects obedience and sacrifice. Salvation, the saving of the soul, is the first in making a living a
sacrifice to God. The soul must be given to God, and then the panoply of realities connected to
salvation become the motivation for the rest of the sacrifice.
Secondly, the body must be presented to God, and that’s what verse 1 says: “…present your bodies
a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” This is the
body, the actual body, and not simply that which is tangible and visible but all the components of
being human – how you think and how you reason, all that you are as a human being.
It’s a temple term, by the way. “Present” is a temple term. It means to surrender up, to yield up, to
offer up, and that is to hold nothing back. Like a priest who brings a sacrifice and lays the whole thing
on the altar, you put your body on the altar, and by doing that, you are saying, “I give You, God, my
body.” That’s not hard to understand.
I give it not as a dead sacrifice but as a living sacrifice. I continually offer my body for your purposes,
and I offer it as a living and holy sacrifice set apart from sin. This is not new language, by the way.
The book of Romans, if you look back at chapter 6 for just a moment, Paul says in verse 12 of
chapter 6, “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts.” So you there that the
body means more than just the material. It means the immaterial desires and lust, as well, but he
says in verse 12, “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey its lust,” verse 13,
then, “Do not go on presenting,” there’s that same verb, “the members of your body to sin as
instruments of unrighteousness, but presents yourselves to God…,” and he’s talking about the body
and the component parts of your humanity.
Down in verse 16, the same thing: “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone
as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or
of obedience resulting in righteousness?” In other words, you’re making a presentation of yourself to
obey your master.


What is the evidence of salvation?
John MacArthur Grace to You
What is the evidence of salvation?
In their zeal to eliminate good works as a requirement for salvation, some have gone to the extreme of arguing that good works are not even a valid evidence of salvation. They teach that a person may be genuinely saved yet never manifest the fruit of salvation—a changed life.

A few have even taken the absurd position that a born-again person may ultimately turn away from Christ into unbelief, deny God, and become an atheist—yet still possess eternal life. One writer invented a term for such people: “unbelieving believers”!
Scripture is clear that a saved person can never be lost. It is equally clear that a genuine Christian will never fall back into total unbelief. That kind of apostasy proves an individual was never really born again (1 John 2:19).
Furthermore, if a person is genuinely saved, his life will change for the better (2 Corinthians 5:17). He is saved “for good works” (Ephesians 2:10), and there is no way he can fail to bring forth at least some of the fruit that characterizes the redeemed (cf. Matthew 7:17). His desires are transformed; he begins to hate sin and love righteousness. He will not be sinless, but the pattern of his life will be decreasing sin and increasing righteousness.
Answer excerpted from Getting the Gospel Right by John MacArthur.  Click here to see the article in its entirety:


Derek Prince. “The Two Banquets”. “I think I should say at the beginning that this message is a warning, it is a warning against presumption. The warning that comes initially from Jesus Himself. It is a warning against presuming about a relationship with God that you do not actually have. It also raises two questions: what kind of people receive God’s provision and what kind of people miss God’s provision.”
“Invited to a wedding breakfast for God’s Son, the Jews were “too busy.” Now, as the age closes, Christians are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
The Two Banquets
I. Warning Against Presumption
A. What kind of people receive God’s provision?
B. What kind of people miss God’s provision?
C. The vineyard (Matt. 21:33–46)—Applied specifically to the Jews
1. The problem: the vinedressers had presumed that they could own the
vineyard—they had forgotten that they were stewards, accountable to the
2. The issue: fruit (v. 43)
D. The chief cornerstone (Psalm 118)
1. Fall on the stone (Christ) = repentance, humility
2. Stone fall on you = crushed, rejection, destruction
II. The Wedding Breakfast
The beginning of the age (Matt. 22:1–14) (Fulfilled in the Jewish nation)
A. “Dinner”: literally, breakfast (v. 4)
B. Judgment on the Jews (A.D. 70—destruction of Jerusalem/temple) (v. 7)
C. The wedding was postponed—people rejected God’s invitation
D. Invitation is extended to all nations (Gentiles)—both bad and good (vv. 8–10)
E. The man who presumed—without a wedding garment (v. 11–15 [compare Is.
F. Application: It’s not enough to be invited, we must also fulfill the requirements
(v. 14)
III. The Great Supper—The End Of The Age (Luke 14:15–24)
A. Not the Jews, but professing Christians
B. People invited
1. Distracted by temporal things: real estate, business, marriage (vv. 17–20
[compare Luke 17:26–30])
2. Invitation extended to:
a. Streets and lanes
b. Highways and hedges—i.e., the unreached and untaught
3. Those originally invited were rejected (v. 24)
C. The postponed wedding feast (Rev. 19:7–8)
D. What are the requirements?
1. #The poor in spirit (Matt. 5:3)
2. #Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matt. 5:6)
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Pastor James MacDonald:
“it’s not just about my salvation, it’s about my sanctification, help us Lord! we are going to begin to go through a list here, we ask the question: is that me? am I like that? “
Is it God’s will to sanctify me?

1) Video message below by Pastor James MacDonald  

2) pdf: “5 Steps To Lasting Change” 


Every good thing God wants to get into your life will come through your ability to remain steadfast under trials.


Pastor James MacDonald

Revive Your Soul Through Self Examination

James MacDonald post Aug. 12, 2016
Excerpt from Feb. 5, 2015: “When rejoicing in our positional standing of ‘declared and treated as righteous’ through faith in Christ impairs our comprehension of here-and-now stalled sanctification, we can be sure that hyper grace has found a home in our hearts. As Tozer said, “A man can believe in total depravity and never have any sense of it for himself at all. Lots of us believe in total depravity who have never been wounded with the knowledge that we’ve sinned.” What an incredible insight. To get there, to get to accurate self-examination that dismantles self-righteousness and elevates afresh our reveling in grace for self and others, we need three things: 1) attention to the voice of conscience; 2) listening for Holy Spirit conviction through the Scriptures; and 3) insight from a trusted friend who knows us well and observes us frequently.”

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Isaiah 57:15-16 Healing for the Repentant
14And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.” 15For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.



Excerpt from:  Salvation:  How To Be Absolutely Sure by Dr. Steven J. Lawson

Some time ago, on a flight to Oregon, I sat next to a woman who asked where I was going. “Sisters, Oregon,” I answered. “Do you know where it is?”

Assuring me that she did, the woman asked, “What’s your business there?”

After I said I was writing a book about how we can be sure we are going to heaven, she marveled, “You mean you can know that you are going to heaven?”

Realizing God had opened a door for me to tell her about Christ, I reinforced that we can know for certain our eternal destiny, saying, “We can afford to be wrong about going to Sisters, Oregon, but not about going to heaven.”

How Can We Be Sure? The truth is, we can be sure about where we will spend eternity. We can know with certainty that when we die, we will go to heaven. But how can we be sure? Many people struggle with the certainty of their salvation, especially new believers.

How can we know where we stand with God? The Bible teaches that the assurance of salvation rests securely upon four unshakable pillars:

Pillar #1 God Cannot Lie!

Jesus paid it all!

The Great Convincer

New Life in Christ

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Excerpt from Author:  Greg Brown earned his MA in religion and MA in teaching from Trinity International University, a MRE from Liberty University, and a PhD in theology from Louisiana Baptist University. He has served over twelve years in pastoral ministry, and currently serves as chaplain and visiting professor at Handong Global University, lead pastor at Handong International Congregation, and as a Navy Reserve chaplain. He also is the author of the Bible Teacher’s Guide series, an Amazon Best Seller. Greg married his lovely wife, Tara Jayne, in 2006, and they have one daughter, Saiyah Grace. He enjoys going on dates with his wife, playing with his daughter, reading, writing, studying in coffee shops, working out, and following the NBA and UFC. His pursuit in life simply put is “to know God and to be found faithful by Him.”


How can believers be assured of their salvation?

  • Believers must recognize their need for assurance.

In many churches, pastors never teach on the need for assurance of salvation. It’s almost a forgotten doctrine. However, this is unwise. Christ says this about the last days:

“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:22-23)

Many in the church profess Christ but are not saved. Jesus explains this in the Parable of the Weeds and Wheat (Matt 13:36-43). God plants wheat—true believers—and Satan plants weeds—false believers. Because of this reality, we must consider if we are truly saved.

Paul and Peter both taught the need for assurance. Second Corinthians 13:5 says this: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” Similarly, 2 Peter 1:10 says: “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall.”

All believers must examine themselves to see if their salvation is real. This is not something to put off; we must eagerly pursue such assurance. The first step is to recognize our need for it in light of the fact that Scripture commands us to seek it.

  • Believers must use the tests in Scripture to confirm their salvation.

Several portions of Scripture are written specifically for this purpose. The primary text is the book of 1 John. John says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). In the book, he gives a series of tests so we can know that we have eternal life.

Application Question: What are some of these tests?   Click here to read:


R.C. Sproul:

Rejecting False Assurances

If we think the Bible teaches universal salvation, we may arrive at a false sense of assurance by reasoning as follows: Everybody is saved. I am a body. Therefore, I am saved.

Or, if we think salvation is gained by our own good works and we are further deluded into believing that we possess good works, we will have a false assurance of salvation.

To have sound assurance, we must understand that our salvation rests on the merit of Christ alone, which is appropriated to us when we embrace Him by genuine faith. If we understand that, the remaining question is, “Do I have the genuine faith necessary for salvation?”

Again, two more things must be understood and analyzed properly. The first is doctrinal. We need a clear understanding of what constitutes genuine saving faith. If we conceive of saving faith as existing in a vacuum, never yielding the fruit of works of obedience, we have confused saving faith with dead faith, which cannot save anyone.

The second requirement involves a sober analysis of our own lives. We must examine ourselves to see whether the fruit of regeneration is apparent in our lives. Do we have a real affection for the biblical Christ? Only the regenerate person possesses real love for the real Jesus. Next we must ask the tough question, “Does my life manifest the fruit of sanctification?” I test my faith by my works.

Coram Deo

What is your response to the questions posed in this reading: Do you have the genuine faith necessary for salvation? Do you have a real affection for the biblical Christ? Does your life manifest the fruit of salvation?



What Is The Gospel?  Why Do I Need Salvation?

John Piper: Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ
Tim Keller: Encounters with Jesus
Nicky Gumbel: Questions of Life
John Piper: Desiring God
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship
James MacDonald: God Wrote a Book
CS Lewis: Mere Christianity

John Piper:
Excerpt: ” The most agonizing problem about the assurance of salvation is not the problem of whether the objective facts of Christianity are true (God exists, Christ is God, Christ died for sinners, Christ rose from the dead, Christ saves forever all who believe, etc.). Those facts are the utterly crucial bedrock of our faith. But the really agonizing problem of assurance is whether I personally am saved by those facts.

This boils down to whether I have saving faith. What makes this agonizing — for many in the history of the church and today — is that there are people who think they have saving faith but don’t. For example, in Matthew 7:21–23, Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’”

Link to full:  The Agonizing Problem of the Assurance of Salvation

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“You Must Be Born Again.”
Nicodemus—one of the premier religious teachers in Israel—was confused by those words of Jesus. What does it mean to be born a second time—to be regenerated? And who prompts the regenerating: man or God?
The teacher needed to be taught.
In The Second Birth, John MacArthur shows you Jesus’ answers to those questions from one of the most famous yet misunderstood passages in Scripture. Discover why the doctrine of regeneration is under constant attack, and how understanding it will cultivate thankfulness for your salvation—or possibly show you for the first time how you can be born again.

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3)  The third resource is a sermon series also by John MacArthur:

The Gospel According to Jesus

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Many people profess to follow Christ, yet don’t display the fruit of Christian living in their lives.Others are leaving the faith altogether, sometimes after years of church involvement.

Were those people ever truly saved?  That question forces us to go back and examine the substance of the gospel being preached in today’s church.  We need to ask, “What truths must a person know and believe to be saved?  What is the complete gospel message?”  And finally, “Does true saving faith always produce fruit?”

Close scrutiny reveals that today’s gospel message does not match up with the gospel Jesus taught.  In The Gospel According to Jesus, John MacArthur carefully examines how the Lord Himself proclaimed the gospel.

This valuable resource will enable you to share your faith more effectively as you see what comprises an accurate gospel message.

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