This is one of life’s most important questions. The Bible is God’s Word. There you will read these words of assurance:
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus Christ as Lord and believe in your heart God has raised him from the dead you will be saved.”
The certainty of eternal life is a consequence of two actions on the part of an individual, but, paradoxically, the actions that guarantee this eternal life took place 2000 years ago. Jesus, the son of God, came to earth to die and atone for all the wrong actions of every man and woman who ever lived and whoever will live. When you, or anyone else, sincerely believes that Jesus provided a way to cover your sins, as if they never happened, and if you confess that you accept his death and resurrection from the dead on your behalf, you can be secure in knowing that you will spend eternity in the presence of God. This promise of God is sealed and guaranteed by the Holy Spirit. At that same instant God’s spirit becomes part of your body, mind and soul. From that moment on you are a new creation in Christ, a child of God and a member of God’s family.
Now for the practical evidence of that decision. Here are some questions for you to consider:
- Do you tell others about Jesus and what he has done for you? (Your personal testimony)
- Do you read and live by the truth of the Bible, God’s word?
- Besides just reading the Bible, do you study to discover God’s plan for your life?
- Are you acquiring a Biblical worldview?
- Do you experience God disciplining you like a father teaches a son or daughter?
- Is your conscience and heart right with God? Do you fully trust and obey Him?
- Do you reflect God’s love in your relationship with others?
- Do you attend a church where Bible truths are taught clearly and regularly?
- Do you enjoy collective worship of God and fellowship with other Christians??
- Do you feel forgiven of all your past sins?
- Do you pray regularly and continue to ask God for forgiveness when you do sin?
If these things are true for you, then you can rest assured that you are really saved and are a Christian and can live in the joy of God’s love now and forever and have a life full of meaning and purpose.