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How do I know for sure I am saved?

I was saved as a child, but I’m not sure whether it was real. I just don’t feel saved. 

Have you ever felt like this? Do you sometimes wonder whether you’re really saved, or whether you really meant it when you asked Jesus to save you? Most Christians experience doubts like these at some point, but the good news is that your salvation doesn’t depend on whether you feel saved. It depends on Jesus Christ! 

Let’s look at some common doubts that Christians experience and see what the Bible has to say about them: 


I don’t feel saved.

The Bible never once says that we have to “feel saved” in order to be a child of God. Salvation is a legal transaction in which God forgives our sins on the basis of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, God declares us “not guilty” for our sins and adopts us into His family. Our salvation is based on Jesus Christ, not on our feelings!


I still struggle with sin.

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Although we have been declared righteous on the basis of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, the Bible tells us that we still have a sin nature and therefore we still experience temptation. The good news is that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). 

If you are trusting Jesus alone for salvation, you are saved even though you still struggle with sin. However, the Bible does indicate that true Christians will not live a lifestyle of unrepentant sin (I John 3:6). The key here is that a true Christian will want to obey God. 


Is it possible to lose my salvation?

The Bible has a lot to say about how we are saved, and it’s important to understand that salvation is not simply praying a prayer, making a decision in church, or growing up in a Christian home. These are all good things, but they do not necessarily equal salvation. Salvation happens when we acknowledge our sin, understand that Jesus is the only way to be forgiven and reconciled with God, and choose to accept his sacrificial death on the cross as the payment for our sin. If you have done this, the Bible says you are a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17), that Christ has redeemed you (I Peter 1:18-19), and that you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). No Christian who has genuinely accepted Jesus Christ as his or her Savior can lose that salvation. 


I was saved as a child but I still struggle with doubts.

The first question to ask yourself if this is your situation is: Were you really, genuinely saved as a young child? Many young children do accept Jesus as their Savior, but others simply repeat a prayer in order to please a parent or teacher. One way you can know if your salvation was genuine is to consider what you are trusting in today to save you. Is it the prayer you prayed as a child? Is it your good works? Is it your church attendance? Or is it the person and work of Jesus Christ? If you are trusting in Jesus alone, you can be confident that you are truly saved! If you are relying on your works or a past experience, won’t you take a moment today and ask Jesus to save you from your sin? 


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