“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
“My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29
I will often use this portion of Scripture with individuals who either 1) have just been saved and I desire to see them gain the assurance of their salvation or 2) are having a struggle with the assurance of their salvation.
There are two things to understand at the beginning:
- Salvation is a gift that cannot be worked for in any way. (Eph. 2:8-9)
- In John 10:28, Christ states that He gives eternal life.
- Romans 6:23 calls it “a gift.”
- An individual cannot earn salvation nor can an individual be “good enough” to receive it.
- Assurance of salvation comes as you believe what God has said about your salvation.
- We need to take God at His Word and believe what He says.
- Assurance of salvation is not based upon our “feelings.”
In 1 John 5:11-13 we see an important passage, “He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son hath not life.” The big question is, “Have I received Jesus Christ as my Savior?” If I have, then I can trust God to keep His Word, “He that hath the Son hath life.”
Message preached on Sunday evening, August 24, 2015. Click here for Pastor Campbell’s sermon notes.