Without a doubt, you can be 100% certain that you are saved. Regardless of any – and in fact, regardless of every – circumstance you ever encounter in this life, you can have absolute assurance of your salvation. Sound impossible? Not when you understand the basis of your assurance.
While We Were Yet Sinners
In Romans 5:1-11, Paul is contrasting two different conditions. The first, what we once were. The second, what we are now. It is in understanding what you once were – and what happened while you were – that grounds our confidence in what we are now. Not only that, but it gives assurance of what we will yet be.
Before you turned to God, you were His enemy. Plain and simple. You hated Him and He hated you. You were at war. Even if you were unaware of the battle. But after you came to God in faith, you became His friend. You are now no longer His enemy. This is the basis for being “without a doubt.”
Why? Because it was while you (and I) were His enemy that He sent His Son to die for you…in your place. Why does this matter and how is it related to being “without a doubt” of salvation? Because if, while we are still His enemy, Christ died for us, how much more confident should we be that He will take care of us now that we are His friends?
Without A Doubt
Think about it. God took the initiative to put aside His enmity for us first, and before we were even interested in putting aside ours for Him. While we were actively opposed to and fighting against Him, Christ died for us. That’s the point!
If God was willing to go to those lengths while we were yet sinners, how much more can we be confident that He will get us to heaven? The question is not about God’s keeping His end of the “bargain” (if you’ll pardon the term) but whether we will keep the faith. It all hinges on our keeping faith. This is why Paul begins to stress the negative experiences we go through in this life.
When our circumstances get difficult or we have to go through tragedy and loss, will we blame Him or keep walking in faith? Paul tells us to see these challenges and obstacles as opportunities. Why? Because now that we are God’s children (John 1:12-13), He will use these experiences for our good (Romans 8:28). Herein lies our assurance!
Praise Jesus and glory to God!!!