Sep 25, 2014 - 01:10 PM
Great article, thanks for sharing! I think one of the biggest problems today concerning doubt and salvation is because the emphasis on salvation has been shifted from God to man. People realize that only God can save, and they come to Him and they receive Christ for salvation, but then after they get saved, they place their salvation in their own hands.
By this I mean that they trust in themselves and what they do or don’t do in order to keep themselves saved. Salvation is not about us maintaining it. It is not what we do. It is what Jesus Christ has already done for us.
The bible tells us that we are kept by His power and that is a good thing because if He doesn’t keep us, there would be absolutely no hope for us. Man cannot save himself and man cannot keep himself saved.
I personally believe in the assurance of salvation and I believe that my salvation is permanent. The reason I say this is because I am not trusting in myself to keep myself saved. I cannot keep myself saved, but Jesus can. I am kept by His power alone and if He does not keep me, I’m done for!
I believe I have a very powerful Savior. The entire salvation process from start to finish is designed by Him. I did not work for my salvation and I do not work to keep it. I am kept saved because He keeps me saved.
Philippians 1:6 is a very powerful verses and it reads “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
It is Jesus Christ that began this good work in me (Salvation) and it is Jesus Christ that will continue to perform this good work (Salvation) until either I die, or He returns. That is good news for me and that should be good news for any believer who is placing their trust in Jesus.
I am convinced in my mind that my salvation is secure and permanent because I know who has saved me and I know that same one who has saved me is powerful enough to keep me saved until the day of redemption. He has promised to keep me and He has promised that He will never lose me. That is comforting!
Can doubt creep in? Sure it can and I would not be very truthful if I were to say that I’ve never doubted. However, my doubt, or anyone else’s doubt for that matter does not change what Christ has done for you and I.
There have been times when I’ve asked myself, “How can I be a Christian?” Others may have even looked at me and said the same thing. But I know that I am not a Christian because of anything I did (Other than receiving Christ).
I am a child of God because He has called me to be so. He called me! All I did was respond to that calling and I received Christ. That’s it! I cannot add to that. He did the saving and He saved me by His mercy and His grace. If ever any doubt creeps in, it does not change a thing. I am still saved and I am still saved only because He keeps me saved!