This is companion post (1) to Chapter 2, “The Assurance, Security, and Joy of Salvation,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1.
“I have written these things that you may know that you have eternal life, to you who believe into the name of the Son of God.”—1 John 5:13
We hope everyone benefited from reading Chapter 1, “The Mystery of Human Life.” Chapter 2, “The Assurance, Security, and Joy of Salvation,” addresses some crucial questions:
- Can I be sure I’m really saved?
- Can I lose my salvation?
After you were saved, maybe you doubted that you were really saved. Or, you’ve made mistakes and failed God, so maybe you think you’ve lost your salvation. Being plagued by this kind of doubt and uncertainty is a frustration to our walk with Christ.
In this chapter we’ll see how we can have the assurance of our salvation by three means:
God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and our love for other brothers and sisters in Christ. We’ll also find out what the Bible tells us about how secure our salvation really is.
Key quote from the reading
Page 16: “Our salvation is not based upon our erratic feelings. It is rooted and grounded in a God who is unchanging in His love and faithfulness toward us” (Mal. 3:6).
Why do you think it’s important to know we can’t lose our salvation?