Assurance of Salvation & Eternal Security

“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:

  1. Salvation is a gift that cannot be worked for in any way. (Eph. 2:8-9)
    1. In John 10:28, Christ states that He gives eternal life.
    2. Romans 6:23 calls it “a gift.”
    3. An individual cannot earn salvation nor can an individual be “good enough” to receive it.
  1. Assurance of salvation comes as you believe what God has said about your salvation.
    1. We need to take God at His Word and believe what He says.
    2. 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.

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