For we are the light of the world, and the salt of the earth.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Hey people. This article is adapted from the ISCF pre-rally workshop.
HOW CAN I BE SURE I AM SAVED?
A. A person becomes a Christian by TRUSTING in Jesus Christ alone and by what He has done.
This trust is our faith.
We can be sure of our salvation because of the assurance in the Bible. It is said in
1 John 5:13-These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Now, it is possible to feel UNSURE of ourselves and the commitment he have made. After receiving the gift of eternal life, we may sometimes:
-have doubts about God
-wonder if God really heard our prayer
-be afraid that our parents or friends may oppose us.
Being unsure is something which many new Christians experience sometimes. However, irrespective of our doubts, we can be 100% sure of our salvation.
The one thing new Christians have to realise is that there IS a God out there who hears our every cry. He is a loving and merciful God who wants to build a relationship with you, and the only way to start that relationship is by asking Jesus to take control of your life.
Now, to the smaller matters.
It is normal that some parents oppose their childrens' commitment to Jesus Christ. Whenever you are ready to, tell them that you've accepted Jesus into your life. If you're not ready to tell your parents, it's okay. Just remember what God says in
Romans 8:28-And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him.
If you love God, He will make a solution for your every problem.
B. What Jesus did.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is based on indisputable facts:
1. God loves us.
Roman 5:8-But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; while we are still sinners, Christ died for us.
2. God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to die for all of mankind.
John 3:16-For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
3.This salvation was achieved when the Lord Jesus died on the cross, carrying with Him all of our sins and purchased a place in heaven for us.
2 Corinthians 5:21-For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus).
4. God raised Jesus from the dead after the third day.
1 Peter 1:21-Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
5. Jesus is now in heaven and will soon return to earth for those who believed in Him and to establish His kingdom. The proof is in
1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
14We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
15According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
If you have any questions, doubts or anything to ask, do field them to any Christian in school or to God.
God bless all of you abundantly!