“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:3–11
How do I know if I am saved? That is the million dollar question. There are large numbers of people who believe that they are saved. There are large evangelistic groups who tour the country and ask people to come up to receive Christ; thousands do so, but how many of those thousands receive Christ? I want to believe that many do, but from what I see, the majority does not. That sad thing about it, people think they are saved, but do not realize that the change happens in the heart.
I have never seen anything in the Bible that says you are saved because you made a profession of faith in Christ. We know this to be true because we see people make professions all the time, but never change. I heard this saying a long time ago, “It’s not how high you jump, it’s how you walk when you come down”. Now before you go off the farm with this bit of information, understand, I do believe a person needs to profess his faith in Jesus, but he or she also needs to line that faith up in obedience to the Lord. What I am saying may be as clear as mud, but I think the Word of God says it best:
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” Philippians 2:12
“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” 2 Timothy 3:12
Do not get it twisted, we work out our salvation due to our faith in Christ. We don’t work our way to Heaven. We do not have the ability to do anything righteous enough before God to win our salvation. In Isaiah, God talks about the worth of righteous deeds without the blood of Christ covering us:
“We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” Isaiah 64:6
I am not going to explain what polluted garment the verse is referring to, but if you would like to dig deeper, you will get a full understanding of the Lord’s stance on our “good works” to enter Heaven.
The second verse talks about being persecuted for your beliefs, in the book "Not a Fan", by Kyle Idleman, he asks the question, “When was the last time following Jesus cost you something?” I think it is a good question because Jesus gave it all for us. I think that is a question that serves as a valuable marker in your walk with Christ.
In my own walk, I can’t tell you the comfort I get from God’s word. It is unbelievable how much knowledge about God comforts you when it comes to your assurance of salvation. I read God’s promises to me, and I know that He will never break one of them. I read in His word how to have peace in Him when the day comes for me to leave this world - I know where I am going.
The subject of assurance is such a big subject I cannot cover it all in this devotion but I want to leave you with a couple of questions that can serve as markers when you think about your salvation:
Am I a totally different person from the time when I first came to Christ?
Do I believe and obey the biblical Jesus?
I continually work on these two questions until the Lord redeems my ticket. Will the Lord find you working when He comes?
Posted on Tue, June 3, 2014
by Sam Petitfils