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How to Know That You Are Saved (6 of 8)
Series: An Instruction Manual for the Christian Life
I John 5:10-13
1. THE ACCEPTANCE OF CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR
a) Two Conditions of People
b) Two Choices of People
2. THE ABIDING OF CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR
a) Our Salvation is Eternally Settled
b) Our Salvation is Eternally Secure
3. THE ASSURANCE OF CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR
a) A Reliance on How You Feel
b) A Remembrance of What You Did
As I said last Sunday, one of the greatest days of my life was the Sunday morning when God saved me. I was so excited that later that afternoon I went to the Drive-Inn where several of us teenagers hung out to tell them what had happened to me. What I felt in my heart was so wonderful that I had to tell someone about it. I think of the old hymn by Johnson Oatman, Jr:
Once a sinner far from Jesus,
I was perishing with cold;
But the blessed Savior heard me when I cried,
Then He threw His robe around me, and He led me to the fold,
And I'm living on the hallelujah side.
I was living on the hallelujah side. I was experiencing a joy and happiness that I had never known in life. I was saved and going to heaven, and as another old songs says, it was a "grand and glorious feeling."
But as you know, feelings come and go. Sometime after I was saved I found myself going through one of the most miserable experiences of my life. I found myself struggling with the assurance of my salvation. One day I would feel like I was saved, and the next day I was not sure. I would go the altar and pray something like, "Lord, if I'm not saved, save me now."
Perhaps most people in this place have gone through a time in their life when you had doubts about your salvation. I have heard people say that they never doubted. All I can say is good for them, because there was a time in my life when I was plagued with doubts. I have even heard some say that if you doubt your salvation it is because you are not saved. I couldn't disag ...
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