Are You Sure Without A Doubt?

April 28, 2022

“I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God…”

1 John 5:13a

Written by Patty Taylor from the Brentwood Campus

Large and in Charge

Have you ever been in charge of an event? Perhaps the annual banquet was yours to plan. Since you’re such an organized person, you got started in plenty of time. You assigned duties and created lists upon lists of items to accomplish. You checked your list once, twice…and how many more times? Are you sure without a doubt? You touched base with all the helpers to whom you had given responsibilities. All promised that their jobs had been completed.

On the night before the event, did you dream that you arrived at the event—only to find the tablecloths were not the correct color and that the servers were nowhere to be found? Thankfully, you woke up, and all was well.

What’s Going to Last?

Humans often tend to “major on the minors” and fret over trivial matters. We like our lives to run smoothly, and we don’t like to be inconvenienced by interruptions. But some disruptions are more serious than others. It is necessary to distinguish between temporal and eternal matters.

Does my hair look good? Do my shoes match my pants? What’s for supper? I missed that program I wanted to see. While these items may help us look and feel better, they are not life-altering.

Assured by Our Savior

What is important are eternal matters. John emphasizes that we must believe on the name of the Son of God in order to have eternal life. Then, John repeats the admonition that we must believe on the name of the Son of God. Why do you suppose he says this again? Have we really decided that we are accepting Jesus as the Son of God and our Savior?

If we have any doubts about our salvation or our life after death, Jesus assures us frequently that if we believe in Him as crucified Messiah and Savior, He has us covered.

Found Confident and Secure

In 1 John 5:13, John makes it clear how important it is to be assured of one’s salvation. He gives an abundance of evidence to show that we believe on the name of the Son of God. Believers have eternal life as a part of the covenant of the gospel. Because we have salvation in Christ, we may approach the Father with our supplications and requests. In submission to the will of God, we may not only be secure in our salvation, but also confident in our prayerful requests to Him.

Look at the following scriptures:

1. 1 Peter 1:3-5. This scripture assures us that Jesus caused us to be born again and that we have a living hope through His resurrection. In God’s power, He is keeping a place in heaven to be revealed at the last time.

2. John 10:28: “I will give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Now what?

Take a moment to consider if you are truly assured of your salvation. Are you able to you explain how you know? Who in your life can tell about your salvation experience? Look up these verses in Scripture that give assurance of salvation: 1 John 5:11-13, Philippians 1:6, John 5:24, and John 3:16.

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