Sometimes I wonder if I am actually saved? What are the criteria or is there a test to know if I am saved for sure?
First, the test of salvation is clear in scripture: Is There A Test To Know If I am Saved
Romans 10:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
If you have done these things, then you are saved for eternity. Following salvation, we continue to live in a sinful, fleshly body for a time, and in that state, we experience disappointments that all Christians, even the Apostle Paul, share. Consider what Paul said about himself in Romans 7:
Is There A Test To Know If I am Saved
Romans 7:14-25 (NKJV)
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, with the mind, I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. Is There A Test To Know If I am Saved
It’s it remarkable that Paul describes himself as someone who is “practicing what I would not like to do”? Clearly, if the Apostle Paul was prone to live in sin from time to time, then we can all expect to be disappointed in our behavior as well.
Believers are not perfect; we are simply forgiven of our sin. Your faith in Jesus Christ and your love for His word are proof of your salvation, and the fact that you continue to sin from time to time is merely proof that you continue to occupy a sinful, fleshly body. One day the Lord will rescue us from our this tombs of flesh, and on that day we will be like Christ. Is There A Test To Know If I am Saved
Meanwhile, the Spirit living in us works to convict us of sin so that we will move beyond it, conforming ourselves to a life of godliness. Do not doubt your salvation simply because you feel guilty for your sin. On the contrary, your conviction is proof of the Holy Spirit working in you to sanctify you. As Paul says: Is There A Test To Know If I am Saved
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)
10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
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