Sermon Series: Roots
#2 – The Assurance of Salvation – 06/08/14
Scripture Reference: 1 John 5:1-13 (NKJV)
Regarding salvation and assurance there are three groups of people:
1. Those who are secure but not sure – conscientious believers in Christ who are saved but lack assurance.
2. Those who are “sure” but not secure – professing Christians who say, “Even though I’m living in sin, I’ll make it. After all, ‘once saved, always saved!”
3. Those who are secure and sure – born-again believers who enjoy a warm, secure relationship with Christ each day.
The objective basis of our salvation is the finished work of God’s Son on the cross.
The subjective basis for our assurance is:
1. Believing the truth about Christ (1 John 2:2-4, 1 John 2:15, 1 John 5:1)
2. Loving the brethren (1 John 3:14_18_19, 1 John 4:7-8)
3. Obeying Christ’s commandments (1 John 2:3-5)
We confuse 2 separate doctrines when we talk about our salvation:
1. Security of the believer – if a person has truly believed in Christ, the same power and grace that saved them, will keep them in that salvation.
2. Assurance of salvation – everyone who truly believes will continue believing.
• 1 John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”
• “The Greek word used for the word “believe” is “pisteuo” which is defined in Strong’s Concordance as “to put one’s faith in, trust, with and implication that actions based on that trust will follow, continue to believe.” A continuous action, not just a one-time prayer, identified through actions based upon that belief in Jesus as the Son of God.
Not once saved, always saved but rather, once saved, always seeking.
Trusting in Christ is completely different from trusting in a prayer or decision you made in the past; it’s an ongoing process – a life transformation, a daily surrendering of your thoughts, desires, and dreams, for the thoughts, desires, and dreams of God.