How Can I Be Sure I’m Really Saved?

After we believed in the Lord Jesus and received Him as our Savior, many of us have wondered to ourselves, “Am I really saved?” Sometimes we feel we’re definitely saved; other times, we’re plagued with doubts. If this continues to be our case, how can we walk forward in the Christian life?

In this post we’ll discuss three ways we can be sure we’re really saved.

The first way: the Bible says so

Here’s what 1 John 5:13 says, “I have written these things to you that you may know that you have eternal life, to you who believe into the name of the Son of God.”

This verse indicates that God wants us to know—not wish, hope, or feel—that we’re saved. How can we know? By the written words of the Bible we can know we’re really saved.

For example, Romans 10:13 says, “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If we’ve called upon the Lord by praying a prayer such as, “Lord Jesus, I believe You died for my sins and that You rose from the dead,” then according to God’s unchanging word in the Bible, we are definitely saved.

By relying on the facts in God’s Word and not on our feelings, we can be assured that we’re really saved.

The second way: the Holy Spirit witnesses with our spirit

Despite our believing what the Bible says, the question may bother us again: “Am I really saved?” The Bible in our hands outside of us tells us we are. But the second way we know is by something inside us telling us we’re saved—the Spirit.

Romans 8:16 tells us that “the Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.” Although we might have doubts, the Holy Spirit witnesses deep within us that we are truly saved. Even if we were to say, “I don’t think I’m a child of God,” the Spirit within us confirms that we are.

Perhaps one reason we question our salvation is because we don’t experience a strong witnessing of the Holy Spirit within our spirit. A verse that can help us with this is 1 Corinthians 12:3: “No one can say, Jesus is Lord! except in the Holy Spirit.”

Whenever we doubt our salvation, we can say aloud, “Jesus is Lord!” As we do, we’ll have the assurance from within by the Spirit that we undoubtedly are children of God.

The third way: love for our brothers in the Lord

The third way of knowing with certainty that we’re saved is by the genuine love we have for our fellow Christians. We have a sweet feeling within towards other believers, even ones very different from ourselves.

This feeling is something we didn’t have before we were saved. The apostle John in 1 John 3:14 said, “We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brothers.” The love in us for our brothers in the Lord is a way we can know we are genuinely saved.

Knowing and growing

Our knowing without a doubt that we are saved and that we are God’s children is the necessary foundation for us to have a joyful Christian life. When we’re assured of our salvation, as these three ways help us to be, we can build on this foundation and continue on to grow up in God’s salvation!

What has been your experience concerning being sure of your salvation?


We love hearing from you, so please share your thoughts and experiences related to the post (blog commenting guidelines).

19 thoughts on “How Can I Be Sure I’m Really Saved?

  1. Can I lost my salvation? I’m asking this because there is a lot of preaching in churches about loosing salvation, and going back to a sinful life. Some go the extreme of saying that if you don’t pay yout tithes, when the Lord comes you will stay here.

    1. Hi Josue,

      Thank you for your question. Our blog post this coming Monday will cover this topic. Please keep an eye out for it as we think it will answer your question.

    2. When in doubt, just remember the thief that was on the cross beside Jesus. The thief cried out to Jesus. Jesus told him today you will be with me in paradise. The thief didn’t give tithes, nor was he baptized in water. Salvation is so simple and yet some pastors try to make it sound like you have to do all these things to be saved. Keep walking in the Lord and read the bible to strengthen your faith. Worship the Lord and you will feel his presence come upon you.

    1. Hi Shelley,

      By “our brothers in the Lord” we are referring to our fellow Christian believers. We hope this explanation clarifies things!

  2. God also commands us to repent of our sins and confess His name and be baptized for the remission of our sins. We are to be buried with Him in baptism. Mark 16:16, MATT:28: 19 &20 and MATT 3. There are others I could give you. Just read all of the New Testament for the commandments He gives us. Thank you

  3. Please help me. I have been a Christian for almost 21 years now and I feel like I have lost all my joy and Spiritual fire. I find it very difficult to pray, praise and worship. Im very tired, stressed and anxious. I have had some very serious crisis within my family for years now and there never seems to be a break in between. I know the Bible says that God will never allow us to be tested beyond our endurance but I just dont feel that way right now. I feel at breaking point! I dont even even want to go to church anymore. I so desperately want to come back to God but I am so physically, spiritually and mentally exhausted from the ongoing assault in my life that I cant even muster up a spark! Im so frightened that if I dont get back my joy and fervour soon that God wont want me anymore!I hate being lukewarm! I so desperately want to serve and love the Lord with all my heart but He seems so distant to me. Whats going on? Please pray for me and my family that seem to be falling apart. Thankyou and God bless you all.

    1. Hi Alana,

      Thank you for your openness to share what you’re experiencing. We’re so sorry to hear about the difficulties you’re experiencing. Unfortunately, many of us go through periods, even long periods, where we feel our love for the Lord is waning and our spiritual life is dry and difficult. So, you are not alone. One important and great thing to remember is that no matter how terrible we feel, and no matter how badly we seem to be doing spiritually, the Lord is never disappointed in us. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He knew exactly what was in us when He saved us. And He loves us. He is always with us, waiting for us to turn to Him, to confess if we need to, and to believe that His blood has really, truly cleansed us of all the offenses and sins that were between us and Him.

      It seems like some of the Christian books we give away free might be helpful if you would like to read them. Specifically, The Normal Christian Life touches on why we get worn out in our Christian lives when we’re trying to live a good life for the Lord, and a booklet called Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1, takes a fresh look at several of the most important and foundational elements for our experience of the Christian life. You can order both of these books for free here on our order page. Basic Elements is also available as a free download from this website.

      Please feel free to respond here, or we’d be happy to have more fellowship by e-mail or other means if you’d like.

      1. Alana, I will say a prayer for you I hope your situation gets better soon.Just because you have not been to church lately GOD will never leave you. Just pick up your Bible and read a verse or two every time you feel out of sorts it will bring your spirits up. GOD BLESS YOU.

    2. Worship the Lord with all your heart and you will feel that spiritual fire return in a quickness. The presence of the Holy Spirit is so powerful when you worship and pray.

    3. Accepting Christ as my savior at a very young age was easy for me. As I grew older and became more aware of sin and the world, I often doubted my salvation, particularly when I did things that teachers and preachers strongly spoke against. I experimented with different religions, went to different churches, and even dabbled enough with witchcraft to know it is real. The first time I actually came to the ‘end of my rope’, was when I boldly came to face God and ask something for my mother, not myself, I didn’t feel worthy, but I was pleading for her. The next day was all a miracle He performed for me to know He was real and in control and listening to me.

      The next time was not long after when again I was questioning my salvation based on what I was hearing from the pulpit. When I was again ‘at the end of my rope’, tired of wondering and doubting, I faced God again and left it all up to Him. Literally if God couldn’t save me, no one could, so I completely gave myself to Him to keep until that day. Jesus died once for all and once and for all I was sold out, completely and utterly to Him. I literally cried myself to sleep in His arms, calling God father. The next morning I awoke with a peace I had never felt before, a deep, deep to the very core of my soul peace that has never left me no matter how turbulent my life has been.

      There have been other times and events that I have had to come to ‘the end of my rope’ and literally let go. Each time as before, has been a place of complete surrender, almost to the point of floating in my spirit as I watch what God is about to unfold, another masterpiece that only He could orchestrate. The first two were cornerstones for me and no matter what I am told, read, hear or think, I go back to that place where God and I are one as I lay myself before Him and allow Him to perform yet another miracle for my heart to feast upon. I have come to know in my very depths, “The joy of the Lord is my strength”.

      1. I have come to the end of my rope many times and always think what have I to offer the Lord.I am nothing,then I think of James 4-7 and remember that the Lord says to :turn to him and the Devil will flee from me.After that I know that I have a purpose that is to be decided by the Lord!!! Praise God !!

  4. Hey Bible for Americas,

    May the LORD bless you in this awesome mission to spread the Gospel all across this world.

    I as a Christian have been doubting my salvation for a while. As I read this passage, I regain confidence in knowing that I will be saved. However, I then thought of this Bible verse:

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” -Matthew 7:21 (NIV).

    I understand that we can only proclaim “Jesus is LORD” through the Holy Spirit. However, Matthew 7:21 tells us that not everyone who calls upon the Lord’s name will enter the kingdom of heaven. What is this about? Or am I taking things out of context?

    Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Clarence,

      Thanks for your encouraging comment on our blog. We’re so glad to hear that the post helped you to regain your confidence, the assurance that you are really saved!

      Based on God’s word in the Bible, if you’ve believed in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and have confessed with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, you’re eternally saved. This is the sure word of the Bible in Romans 10:9-10.

      However, the “kingdom of the heavens” mentioned in Matthew 7:21 is related to something more than our eternal salvation. It’s related to a further aspect —reward in the coming age. In its context, “entering the kingdom of heaven,” requires something further—doing the Father’s will after we’re saved.

      So this verse is not talking about eternal salvation. Calling on the Lord is sufficient for us to be saved (Rom 10:13). But entering the kingdom of the heavens in this context requires that we also learn to do the Father’s will.

      Such a reward is God’s incentive to us, so that after we’re saved by believing in Christ we won’t become sloppy, but grow normally and run the Christian race faithfully (2 Tim. 4:7-8). We recently began offering a book called “The Normal Christian Life” by Watchman Nee, which explains how a believer can grow in Christ and know what is God’s purpose and will. You can have a look at it and order it on this page: New Books – Bibles for America.

    2. I AM SO THANKFULL TO BE LEARNING MORE AND MORE OF THE WORD OF GOD. A FEW YRS. AGO I WAS SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD FOR ME EITHER TO GO TO BIBLE COLLEGE OR NOT TO GO.I RELOCATED AND WAS ABOUT TO ENROLL.. THANKFULLY I GOT A JOB IN A WAREHOUSE THAT GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY AND TIME TO LISTEN TO RECORDINGS FROM LIVING STREAMS DATABASE OF PAST WITNESS LEE’S TEACHING(PAST DAILY BROADCASTS OF THE LIFE STUDY). I WAS SO HUNGRY TO KNOW MORE. THE DESIRES OF MY HEART WAS TO LEARN,FOR I SEEMED TROUBLED,ALWAYS SEEMINGLY COMING UP SHORT,IN MY CHRISTIAN WALK,IN GOD,AND BEFORE MAN. WELL I BEGAN TO SEE, AND OF COURSE BE COMFORTED BY IDENTIFYING AND HEARING THAT THE MORE I RECOGNIZED WHAT WAS ALREADY IN ME,IN CHRIST,THE MORE COMPLETE I WAS. TODAY I CRY,OUT OF THANKFULLNESS THAT I CAN JUST “BE STILL”BEFORE THE MASTER,AND REST IN HIS LOVE AND COMPLETNESS I AM,SINCE BECOMING A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST. MY WALK IS NOW FOCUSED ON RECEIVING WHAT HAS BEEN DONE FOR ME. TODAY MY SOUL IS BEING MORE SETTLED IN THE FOUNDATION OF THE FINALITY,IF I MAY SAY,OF WHOM I AM. REJOICE IS JESUS WITH ME,FOR ANYTHING THAT TROUBLES US,IF BROUGHT TO OUR FATHER HE IS FAITHFULL TO LEAD US INTO REVELATION. I NEVER WENT TO COLLEGE TO “GET RIGHT”WITH GOD,I JUST WOKE UP TO TODAY,WITH THE LIFTER OF MY HEAD,AND DESIRED TO EAT JESUS AND DRAW CLOSE TO HIM.I REST IN MY ETERNAL SALVATION,AND SIMPLY ASK GOD THAT HIS PERFECT WILL BE MANIFESTED THIS DAY IN MY LIFE. SINCERILY RON FROM MI.

  5. Pastor Robert “Bob” Green is a Rhema Bible College Graduate and has been teaching us God’s Holy Word for thirty one years. He often refers to Watchman Nee and Witness Lee in many of his sermons. Years ago I (and others) purchased “The Spiritual Man”, the full version of the Recovery Bible and many books by Witness Lee. It has been a real blessing to me personally and to many other Brother & Sisters in the Lord. Now I’ve ordered the New Testament (Recovery Version) and some of the books you’ve offered for free. I just want to emphasize that you are truly “Doer’s of the Word..” and that your work is vitally important as is your blog where Christians can get straight and true answers to their questions. I will continue to pray for your ministry. Your Brother in Christ, Charlie.

  6. I think why some people have doubts about their salvation (myself included), is because after saying “the sinner’s prayer” they don’t feel like anything has changed. Whereas some people who say the same prayer describe having a huge weight lifted off of them and a peace that wasn’t there before. For those who don’t feel like anything has changed: is their salvation less valid then those who do? Does not having a true “born again experience” mean you’re not really saved?

    1. Hi John,

      Thank you for your question! It’s an excellent one and we know many people wonder about it.

      A person’s salvation is valid regardless of the feelings they have when they pray to receive the Lord Jesus as their Savior. Some people may feel joyful, some may feel peaceful, and some may feel little. But, thankfully, proof of our salvation does not require us to feel something. God simply requires us to believe in Jesus Christ and receive Him as our Savior.

      An excellent illustration of this is found in Exodus 12. The account of the Passover in Exodus is a picture of God’s salvation. God commanded the Israelites to put the blood of a lamb on the doorposts and the lintel of their house. God said that when He saw the blood of the slain lamb, He would pass over them, delivering them from His judgment. The people were to remain inside the house. They couldn’t see the blood, and they weren’t required to have any feeling about the blood in order for God to pass over them. The blood of the lamb was there for God to see. What they had to do was obey God’s word and accept His way of salvation. The same holds true for us. Christ, the real Lamb of God, shed His blood for us. When we believe in Him and receive Him, God sees that blood and is satisfied with it, no matter how we may feel. Our salvation is not based on our feelings, whether they be strong or faint, up or down, but on the merit of Christ’s blood.

      We recently released a video on the assurance of salvation which might answer your question in more detail. You can watch it here: Assurance of Salvation: How you can know you are saved. We hope you find this helpful!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *