How Do I Know That I Am Saved

I have seen someone say that you know you are saved by the Holy Spirit. In other words, when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, it is a feeling which brings you to the point of knowing. I know this statement is true because it sounds very similar to what I had heard many years ago in my church. However, this is not what Scripture shows us about how we get saved.

How Do I Know That I Am Saved

1. Is it a feeling or an experience that brings me to the point of knowing, or is there a process I must go through?

No, it’s not. Conversion is a process. It never has been an experience, but only a process of being changed from one thing to another. Conversion is not a feeling; it never has been, and it never will be. If you are saved today, tomorrow you may not be if your life does not change. So if the process of conversion happens only once in our lives—in those initial moments when we accept Christ as Savior—then why do so many Christians claim they can still feel or sense that they are saved?

They can’t because being converted involves more than just accepting Jesus as Savior; it also involves changing who we are on every level: physically (by putting off sin), mentally (by renewing our minds with God’s truth), emotionally (by walking in love) and spiritually (by following His lead).

2. Some see conversion as a single experience, like drinking a few sips of water at one time, and then it is finished.

  • Conversion is not a single experience that happens once and then it is finished. It is an ongoing process. Just as one cannot drink a few sips of water at one time, but still be dehydrated, so it is with conversion. You may feel like you have been saved once or twice in your life and the rest of what you do after that point has nothing to do with being saved or lost. But if this were true, salvation would be like drinking only half a cup of water at one time—you wouldn’t be hydrated yet!
  • To say that salvation is an ongoing process means that we will always need more grace and mercy from God in order to live godly lives in this world until death takes us away from it completely (see Romans 6:1-23).
  • To say that salvation is an ongoing process means also that it will never end until the end of time (see Revelation 21:4). And even then, we will still need Jesus’ help to live forever with Him in heaven!
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3. Conversion is not an experience; it never has been, and it never will be.

Conversion is not an experience; it never has been, and it never will be. Conversion is a process, a journey of change, growth, and learning. It is the becoming of Christ in us as we grow and learn to become like Him.

Conversion is a matter of growing up into a Christlike character. The process involves a change in our attitudes and actions that results in becoming more like Jesus Christ each day—morally (our behavior), socially (our relationships), emotionally (our feelings), intellectually (what we think), and spiritually (what we believe).

4. When someone becomes saved, he goes through a process.

The process of salvation is not a feeling, but a change of heart. In fact, if you feel like God has saved you, there may be something wrong with your understanding. Salvation is not a one-time event that happens when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior; rather, it’s an ongoing journey that takes place over time and includes many steps along the way.

As Christians, we are called to be disciples who live for Jesus Christ every day in all that we do (Matthew 28:19). Being saved means trusting Christ alone for eternal life without works or faith in self (John 3:16). Salvation comes from God alone through His gracious gift of love given freely to anyone who believes in Christ (John 6:37); therefore it cannot be earned nor can anyone earn it on behalf of another person (Ephesians 2:8–9).

5. Scripture shows us that salvation is based on three fundamentals of the Christian life.

Salvation is based on three fundamentals of the Christian life. If you are not living by these three things, then you may not be saved.

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First and foremost, salvation involves repentance. Repentance means to turn away from sin and turn toward God. It is a change of mind about sin, a change of heart toward God, and a change of direction toward heaven (2 Corinthians 7:10).

Second, salvation includes baptism as an outward sign that we have given our lives to Christ (Acts 2:38). Baptism shows us that we have repented and believed in Jesus Christ as our Savior (1 Peter 3:21). It also reminds us that because we were once like dirty little babies who needed washing up before they could come into God’s house, it is only right for us now to be baptized as adults in order to show that we are clean before Him (Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12).

6. Baptism by immersion in water is for the remission (forgiveness) of sins.

Baptism by immersion in water is for the remission (forgiveness) of sins. It is a symbol of death, burial, and resurrection. It is also a symbol of our new life in Christ and our union with Him.

Christian baptism was instituted by Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost when He told His disciples to baptize all who believed in His name (Acts 2:38). The word “baptize” means, “to immerse”. This action signifies the cleansing from sin by grace through faith alone (Titus 3:5-7). Baptism does not save us but rather identifies us as belonging to God’s family because we have been redeemed through Jesus Christ’s blood sacrifice for our sins on the cross (1 Peter 1:18-19).

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7. Salvation can be known by three things

There are three ways you can know that you are saved:

  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Word of God (the Bible)
  • The process of sanctification by the Word and the Spirit

Closing

There is no doubt in my mind that I am saved. I have been baptized for the remission of sins, and I have been baptized by water. I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and has died on the cross for my sins. There are many people who do not know what it means to be saved or wonder why it’s so important. I hope this article has given you a clearer understanding of salvation and what it means for your life today!

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