I rarely wade into the waters of theology. They’re deep and murky and it’s easy to run into “I know because I know.” Besides, there’s enough about the Bible I do understand to bother me without stirring up more controversial stuff.
One of the ‘eddys’ in the Christian river is salvation. How does one know he’s saved. Destined for eternity with Jesus vs. eternal separation from Him. That’s easy because Jesus told us straight up in John 3:16, right?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
“God loved, God gave, I believe, I receive.” Done deal.
But then what happens? Someone who ‘gets it’, who returns God’s love to Him in worship, who serves the church and the poor, who obeys the law and the commandments, he’s not the point here so let’s give him a pass.
The guy who’s always troubled me is the one who disavows God; who not only turns his back but denies he ever knew or believed in him. Is he covered under ‘once saved always saved’?
The answer to this became obvious to me a few years back. If someone disavows God, he never knew him. Plain and simple. You can’t ‘un-know’ someone. Once you’ve met our beautiful Savior you never forget Him. If you deny Jesus, it’s because you never knew Him in the first place.
Then there’s those who go to church and call themselves “Christian’ but live like everyone else. I’ve heard people say “He can’t be put in a leadership position….he’s not even saved.” Wondered “How do you know?” How does anyone know the true spiritual status of anyone else? Many of us aren’t even totally sure of our own…
Matt Chandler gives us 4 questions to help us get clarity around our “status”.
1. Do you have any affection for God? Do you truly love Him? Do you see Him as majestic and worthy of worship? In a different category from anything else in this world? Or do you love the world and worldly stuff more? (1 John 2:15, Romans 8:5)
2. Do you love others? Are you self-absorbed? Is your life all about ‘me and mine’ without true concern for other people? (1 John 4:7-8, 1 John 3:14)
3. Do you habitually sin? Do you stumble into sin vs. planning sin or practicing sin? Do you ‘live in it’? Are you stuck in cycles of secret sin that own you? (1 John 1:9, Romans 6:1-2)
4. Do you strive to be holy or refuse to obey scripture? Are there areas of scripture you decide “I’m not going to do that” or “I’m ignoring that part” (1 John 2:29, 1 John 2:3).
Take a few seconds and pull up each of these scriptures. They’re not some preacher’s ‘proof texting’ to make his point. They’re clear and specific.
Was your answer to any of these questions “No”?
Be brutally honest with yourself.
If so, get down on your knees (that’s important) and tell God where you’re missing it. Missing Him. If you’re talking to Someone familiar as you pray…to Someone you know and who knows you, confess and repent and start over. If you’re talking to the ceiling or to yourself, then you don’t know Him and worse, He doesn’t know you. Embarrassing as it may feel, muster the guts to reach out to the most ‘all in’ Christ-follower you know. Schedule a private conversation in a private location. Tell him you want to be absolutely sure you are saved. Do it. Everything rides on this. Everything.
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