Our assurance of salvation in Jesus Christ

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On Faith

By Bob Lanning

Genuine Christians who read 1 John can find assurance that they are really saved.
In 1 John 2:3-6, two trademarks of real Christians are mentioned. The first is that “we keep (obey) his commandments.” This is a reference to Christ’s commandments, such as his commandment to “love one another, as I have loved you.”
John says that the person who says “I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” But those who are obeying Christ’s word find their love for God being perfected and understand that they are  “in him.”
In John’s day, some false teachers taught that knowledge was the supreme virtue, and that how a person lived was not important. John shows here that genuine knowledge of God involves obeying Christ’s commands, and that if we do not obey them, we do not really know or love God.
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” If you love to obey what Christ tells us to do, you can have a sense of assurance that you are saved.
John then says that a person who claims that he is “abiding” in Christ (i.e., in close fellowship with him), “ought himself also to walk, even as he (Jesus) walked.” A genuine Christian accepts that he/she ought to live like Jesus lived.
After Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, he said, “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”
Paul said, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us.”
Peter wrote that “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” Just as Jesus “did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth,” so we should put sin out of our lives, including all deceit, and be willing to suffer for his sake.
Are you walking as Jesus walked? If so, you have a second assurance that you are really saved.

Pastor Bob Lanning is a Lancaster resident.