Confidently Know You Are Saved

Confidently Know You Are Saved

THE TRUE CHRISTIAN – DISCIPLE OF CHRIST Being a Christian has everything do with believing “the gospel of our salvation.” The Bible says when we believe in Christ’s completed work, our sins are forgiven & the Holy Spirit takes residence in our life. Ephesians 1:13-14

The BEGINNING of the Christian Life – How Do I Become A Christian?

“This is the testimony: God gave us eternal life in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, SO you may know you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11–13  John says if we have the Son (Jesus) we have eternal life.

The Sin Issue

  • Why do we need salvation? “Because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23  
  • “Sin separates us from God and puts us under the curse.” Ephesians 2:3 That’s bad news.
  • What’s worse is no one can do anything to save themselves.
  • Since we’re all born into sin, that’s our nature.

Today, Too Many People Blur The Lines Between Religion & Christianity

To understand if you’re a Christian, you need to know who & what a Christian is. 

Christian – or – Not? 

  • Some think they’re Christians for they were born in a Christian home or are actively involved in Church.
  • For others, it’s a lifestyle of being good, having strong moral ethics and standards.
  • Churches go weeks w/o preaching the gospel, speaking on personal development or “your best life now.”
  • Others tickle people’s ears with health, wealth and prosperity teachings, etc.
  • Some believe being a Christian is obeying the 10 Commandments, which NO ONE can do.
  • Some of these things are good, but none make you a Christian.
  • It’s nothing more than feeding the desires of the flesh.
  • You don’t get saved through rituals like that.

Let Me Say It Like This 

  • A baby acts like a baby because he is a baby. Likewise, a dog barks like a dog since he’s a dog.
  • On and on it goes, you get what I mean. As humans, our nature is to sin, we’re not capable of not sinning!
  • The only hope we have is that God comes in to give us a NEW nature, often called “born-again.”
  • No repeated prayer or alter call can do it. It’s a transformation IN the heart that changes us from the inside out.

Solution to Sin: Salvation is getting rid of our sinful nature to be saved from the penalty of sin and eternal punishment. Since God is HOLY, he can’t tolerate sin or even be in it’s presence. It’s a disconnect between us and Him. The only One who qualifies to redeem us is Jesus Christ. A Christian has trusted fully in Jesus’s work at the cross, the ONLY way to be saved.  
  • Christians believe that Christ’s accomplishment, death, and resurrection paid for his sins.
  • Christ ALONE is the solution, nothing else to be added to being justified by faith in Christ’s sacrifice.
  • John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8–9 Believe & trust in Christ alone. This determines who a Christian is and not.
  • Christians receive salvation through faith in Christ. John 5:24; Acts 16:31
  • Forgiven, justified, and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:14
  • Christians become a child of God and receive a new nature. John 1:12


John 1:12-13 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Galatians 3:26-27for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

  • A saved person receives the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:9
  • He is blessed, Galatians 3:9 complete. Colossians 2:10
  • He is glorified in Christ. Romans 8:30
  • Becomes a member of His Body. Galatians 3:28
  • He has eternal life. 1 John 5:11
  • He is always saved Hebrews. 10:14
You’re Not a Christian Until You Believe
  • Not everyone who is religious is saved.
  • Saved people are those who’ve believed in Christ Jesus alone for salvation.

How to Become A Christian

  • Being a Christian is believing something. That ‘something’ is “the gospel of our salvation”.
  • Remember, it’s not how to live the Christian life but how to become a Christian.

You Must Believe

  • All have sinned, including you & I. We can’t rescue ourselves from sin. Only Jesus can!
  • Acts 4:12 “There’s salvation in no other: none under heaven, by whom we must be saved.”
Confidently Know You Are Saved The way to salvation through Christ is to abandon your good deeds and run to the Him. Believe in the gospel of salvation that shows us what He did for our sin problem. Christ came to do the will of the Father, to die for our sins and pay the full penalty.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, hold fast to the word I preached to you—less you believed in vain. I delivered to you… that Christ died for our sins in accordance with Scriptures, he was buried, & he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.”

It’s VERY Simple 
We all have sinned and can’t save ourselves. Christ died, was buried, and rose to pay the penalty of our sins. All we need to be saved is to simply believe He did all that for our sins. That’s the gospel.

John 1:10-13 He was in the world, the world was made through him yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born not of blood, the will of the flesh, the will of man, but of God.

Ephesians 1:13 “When you heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation and believed in him, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit”

You Have to Believe

This is how God brought people into the Body of Christ, and how He still does it today. You have to believe. Christ makes this quite clear in His own Words:

  • John 5:24 “Truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
Receive & Believe the Word to be Saved
  • Acts 4:4 “Many of those heard the word believed, and the number of men came to about five thousand.”
  • Acts 5:14 “And more believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.”
  • Acts 10:44 “While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.”
  • Acts 11:24 “For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit & faith. A great many people were added to the Lord.”
Paul Preaches
  • Acts 13:38-39Let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. By him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
  • Ephesians 1:13 “In him, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation & believed in him, YOU were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”
John Writes
1 John 5:13 “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”
This is why Christians are also called Believers.
See Also Romans 4:3; 10:9; Galatians 3:22; 1 Thessalonians. 2:13
When you believe, part of what happen to you is that the Holy Spirit comes into you. The Bible makes it clear those who do not have the Holy Spirit do not belong to Christ. They are not Christians.
  • John 1:12 “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” 
  • Romans 8:9 “You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.”
  • Romans 8:14-17For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear; you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Are You Convinced You’re a Christian?
If after reading all of this, you’re convinced you’re a Christian, then I believe you.
  • If not, you need to accept you’re a sinner and believe the gospel. Very simple.
  • Salvation is not by works, or anything we can offer. It is all by faith, in Christ alone!
  • The Bible says when we believe & put our faith in Christ’s completed work, our sins are forgiven.
  • the Holy Spirit comes in to take residence in our lives.

This is the Beginning of the Christian Life.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In him, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation and believed in him, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. 

  • For the Christian has to realize that sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
  • The Holy Spirit works in the believer to conform & change him into the image of Christ.
  • This is not by performance; the believer is to submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit & the authority of Scripture.

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Many Reference Proverbs 31 For Good ReasonIn Proverbs 31, we see an all-out illustration of the godly wife and mother. She’s this virtuous woman worth far more than rubies. Who can beat that? Her husband trusts in her completely, she does him good all the days of her life. She knits, sews their own clothing, makes tapestry, she is never idle and her hands are always moving. She rises early in the morning and goes to bed late at night. She clothes her children well and they are never cold. She works the fields with her hands growing crop, then brings her stuff to the market to sell, and feeds her household well. She is a strong honorable woman, very generous to the poor and needy. Her husband is a well-respected man where they live and when she opens her mouth, out pours wisdom. Her children look up to her and call her blessed. So does her husband. She is not caught up in outward beauty; her beauty comes from her fear of the Lord.WOW!!!! Quite a standard to live up to, right?Many other proverbs give insight into how a woman of God is to walk, what kind of womanly influence she is to have in her household.

Follow me as we take a look and glean a few takeaways! These are more pieces of advice that address our hearts, tongues, and priorities – some specifically aimed at wives and mothers.


  • Compared to Wisdom, the Lady Folly is rowdy, loud, naive and ignorant. Proverbs 9:13
  • A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one picks it to splinters with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
  • The man who finds a wife finds something good, and the favor of the Eternal is indeed his. Proverbs 18:22
  • Much like a gold ring in the snout of a pig, so is a beautiful woman who lacks good judgmentProverbs 11:22
  • Houses and riches may be inherited from parents, but a sensible wife is a gift from the Eternal. Proverbs 19:14
  • You would be better off living in the middle of the desert than with an angry and argumentative wife. Proverbs 21:19
  • A dignified wife brings honor to her husband; a shameful wife is decay eating at his bones. Proverbs 12:4
  • It is better to dwell outside on the corner of your roof than to live inside your house with a badgering wife. Proverbs 21:9
  • The alluring words of a seductive woman are a deep hole; the Eternal is incensed toward those who fall in. Proverbs 22:14
  • Foolish children bring misery to their fathers, and a wife’s bickering is a like constant dripping from a leaky roof. Proverbs 19:13


  • When we speak brashly, folly is upon us seeking attention for ourselves.
  • Words of grace, discernment, and purity are pleasing in the sight of God and man.
  • Be fueled in God’s Word of hope! Stay away from worldly lust, keep your heart pure. 
  • Do you exercise wisdom or folly? Godly ladies build up others, lifting spirits that flourish. 
  • A woman’s behavior reveals her relationship with the Lord, and the value of her character


  • We have potential to be a direct blessing from Him, worth far more than any riches.
  • An upright wife brings glory and honor to her husband, she is excellence in her ways.
  • Her prudence—or thoughtfulness over others is a lovely fruit of her faith in the Lord.


Scripture’s Language Is Strong – Due to discontent, a nagging wife is a sorrowful thing in her household. Wow! Once she loses sight of Christ, the dangers of becoming quarrelsome and generating unnecessary friction increase dramatically.  The godly wife is to seek loving God and her husband wholeheartedly, for this leads to peace and prosperity.


  • 12. My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 6:20
  • 13. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Proverbs 10:1
  • 14. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Proverbs 15:20
  • 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15


You may be thinking: these are about sons, not women! Yet the son reflects the mother, the one who teaches him.

These proverbs reinforce the powerful reality that our mothering has a long-term impact on the attitude of our children…and that we should be so deeply tied to the nurturing of our children that their disobedience or disrespect is heartbreaking.

The last proverb gives us a solution. It tells us moms that we have to be willing to love our children through discipline, correcting their wrongs with devoted discipleship, for it reaps godliness rather than shame.

While touching aspects of womanhood a little differently than Proverbs 31, these proverbs provide wisdom that remind us to speak sweet words, serve our husbands joyfully, and impact our children for good.