Are You Saved? Do You Know?
How often have you felt a quiet uneasiness about your life? A feeling that something is missing, but you are not sure what it is, a longing to be happy, to feel at rest?
The following article and Bible verses can help you better understand that uneasy, sometimes lonely feeling and how you can find that rest that takes the place of unease.
Do you know that the Bible teaches that all men are born in sin and are naturally inclined to do evil? Thus all men are in a lost state and condition. "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6). "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness" (Mark 7:21-22). Psalm 51:5.
Do you know that the Bible teaches that God has no pleasure in the death of a sinner, and is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to the knowledge of truth and be saved? "As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die" (Ezekiel 33:11). "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:11-13). 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9.
Do you know that the Bible teaches that God's plan of salvation is very simple and effective? "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Romans 10:13; Acts 8:36-38; Hebrews 7:25.
Do you know that the Bible teaches a saving experience that you may know that you are saved? "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). "For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off" (Isaiah 55:12-13). Luke 7:47-50; 1 John 3:14; Acts 16:30-34.
Do you know the Bible teaches that a saved person has fruits as evidence of his salvation? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance . . . And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Galatians 5:22-24). "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). Romans 8:1; Matthew 25:37-40.
Do you know that the Bible teaches that a saved person is in danger of being deceived and of losing his salvation? "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that if it were possible, they should deceive the very elect: (Matthew 24:4-5, 24). "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" (John 15:10). 1 Peter 5:8; Luke 12:39; 2 Peter 2:22.
Do you know that the Bible teaches that God has a plan by which to keep your soul? "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth" (John 14:16-17). "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and ever. Amen" (Jude 24-25). Acts 20:20; Mark 16:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Timothy 1:12.
Do you know that the Bible teaches that a saved person is active, mission minded, and in appreciation of his salvation endeavors to help others find their Savior, too? "And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8). "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee" (Psalm 51:12-13). John 4:29; Psalm 66:16.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).