For many Christians, it is easy to get confused when it comes to the topic of salvation. “How do I know that I am saved?” is the big question. Many even get uncomfortable and scared. According to scripture, God takes the initiative when it comes to our salvation. He takes the first step, and that step can mean the difference between life and death.
Ephesians 1:4 (KJV) says “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love”.
God has made His choice, even before the foundation of the world. People then go to Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) that says “8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
That means we have no say in the matter because we are saved by grace. Our good works have nothing to do with our salvation.
If It’s All About Grace, How Do I Know That God Chose Me?
“So, what if God didn’t choose me?”
It is important to not just read one verse but to read everything in context. Let’s read through Ephesians 1:4-12 (KJV). It says “4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
It is essential to understand that every time Paul was talking about salvation here, he was talking to people who already believed . These were people who were already converted and Paul explained that they couldn’t boast about their own faith. They believed by the grace of God, not by their own power.
Once you have made the choice to accept Jesus as your Savior, and you truly believe, you can rest assured that it is by the grace of God that you have made that choice. Your salvation is a certainty. The fact that you believe is proof of your salvation.
Your Works Has Nothing To Do With Your Salvation.
Therefore you don’t have to do good works to earn your salvation; you do good works because you are saved. If you really believe, you will be grateful. Your love for God will be so huge, you can’t help but to only want to do good works.
“But I keep messing up”, you say. Then keep on repenting. I think sometimes it is impossible for us to understand the full scope of the price Jesus has paid for us. We never have to stay in sin, we can always return to Him.
Being sure of our salvation doesn’t give us a license to sin. But the power of sin has been broken. Galatians 2:15-21 (NIV) says “15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[d] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.
19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”[e]
It is not true repentance when I do something which I know is wrong because I know I can just repent later. That is mocking God and it’s very dangerous. True repentance is total honesty before God, admitting your sin, admitting your weakness and asking for forgiveness. There must be a total commitment from your side not to repeat that action again. Then accept your forgiveness and sin no more.
This is an ongoing process, and you might have more serious battles in certain areas than in others, but keep at it. Galatians 5:16-18 (NIV) says” 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
Live in Freedom
You never have to be in doubt about your salvation again. Meditate on this fact and rest assured. Romans 12:2 (NIV) says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Don’t be intimidated by what the world tells you. Renew your mind on a daily basis by studying and meditating on the Word of God. You can face the future with confidence, because of Romans 8:37-39 (NIV) which says “37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”