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    My Sin Makes Me Worry If I am Really Saved

    Once in a while I will receive an email like the following from someone who is worried that some sin they have committed may have crossed the place of no return to God's favor.

    Visitor: Even after I was sealed for the day of redemption, I still have sinned against God. I continue to fight addicting sin(s), and though most of the time I defeat the sin, sometimes I foolishly give in to it. I'm so sorry that I have given in to foolish and sinful lusts, and all I want to do is to cast away those actions forever, and to be forgiven, and sin no more. But I don't know if I am saved anymore, because I have really been scared that my repentance is not true, because I have again sinned, and that God has cast me away. Please help me, because I am very scared. I want to be forgiven and be different.

    Response: Your sin is not greater than Christ's grace and work. Having been united to Christ, the Spirit of adoption can come to you no more with a Spirit of bondage and fear because in Christ you no longer stand in your own sins, merit or performances, but are clothed in His righteousness. Becaue of Jesus you are already on the other side of justice and it can no longer have you (Rom 8:1). No condemnation for you in Christ for the full justice of God has been satisfied. Christ's once for all sacrifice means there is no longer necessary a sacrifice for sin year after year (as in Leviticus) but now His atoning work is sufficient for all time for you before God. Remember, you can neither attain, nor maintain, your right standing before God. You never did and never will, for sin cannot disolve the covenant which God has graciously granted you in Christ. Now as always, our only hope is Jesus Christ. When God justified you, He did not then, and does not now, look at you but rather, at the covenant He made with you in Christ. Consider, when God made the covenant of grace with Abraham, God made Abraham sleep and God himself walked through the divided animals and so promised to take on Himself the punishment if Abraham did not fulfill his side of the covenant. And so it was, the seed of Abraham (that's us) all failed to keep the covenant and so God Himself came in the flesh to fully bear up the punishment we justly deserve for not keeping our side of it. Jesus Kept it for us. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves, from our side. We are justified for His sake, not for anything God sees in us or will see in us.

    It was not your obedience, repentance or faith that caused God to justify you because none of these things can pay for sin - not now, not ever. Only Christ alone can save and pay for sin. And He did. Your safety is based, therefore, on Christ's merit, not on what you do, otherwise you are looking in your self for confidence before God, rather than Christ. No one, not one of us would have confidence if we had only to look to ourselves. So look to Christ. Herein is the gospel.

    And if one thinks they can lose their salvation because of some sin they committed, they are essentially saying that what Christ did for them is insufficient. They are looking to Christ PLUS their keeping of the Law. It misses the whole point of the gospel which is that Christ saves from first to last. The passage that warns the Hebrews against falling away is warning them against one thing: abandoning trust in Christ alone by going back to now worthless and obsolete things, such as trusting in the temple sacrifice and the Law in order to be justified. The warnings in Henrews are given to those in the covenant community that they would not be tempted to turn from trusting Jesus alone (who is God over all) for some lesser or meaningless ritual act or law keeping that supposedly now can curry God's favor. Trusting in anything except Christ alone, who is the light that scatters all shadows, is said to be tantamount to "trampling under foot the Son of God", that is, believing that His once of all sacrifice is insufficient in itself to save. If something in place of, or in addition to, Jesus is trusted in it is no different than a denial of Him. So in context, the persons who go back by trading in Christ for the now-empty ritual of the temple (that itself was meant to point to the fulfillment in Christ), are then re-crucifying the Son to their shame. But unfortunately, Hebrews 6:4-8 is often read in isolation apart from this context.

    In fact this is a backdoor to the Galatian heresy where Paul says, "Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" (Gal 3:3) To believe one can lose salvation, therefore, is trusting in something other than Jesus Christ to keep you righteous in Him. The Hebrews were tempted to go back to temple sacrifice (trusting in something other than Christ) and the doctrine that one can lose salvation is likewise trusting in ones' own moral ability to maintain a just standing before God, since Jesus, according to them, is unable to save completely those who He came to save. Either we are trusting in Christ alone to both attain and maintain our justification or we are trusting in something worthless which the author of Hebrews gives severe warnings about. Quite ironic. That passage is a warning passage for the very error those who teach we can lose salvation are making.

    So if your faith is in him today, no matter what you have done your sins are forgiven. As surely as God is good, in Christ's blood He remembers to never treat you as your sins justly deserve because justice has already been carried out (past tense) for them. You have been set free in Christ and have been given a new heart that loves God. We trust and obey Christ, not in order to be saved but because He has saved us already. May he grant you a Spirit of revelation and an increasing knowledge of Him that your affection for Him would overcome all other vain affections.

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    How Do I Know I am Saved?

    Posted by John on May 14, 2008 12:48 PM


    Thank you for this wonderful teaching. I am new to hearing the gospel...even though I have been in church 30 years. Reformed Theology is just turning my life around...the Scriptures are finally making sense to me. I do believe God has given me an awakening...I humbly thank Him for His Salvation and mercy extended to me...even me.

    I'm having some similar questions to the "Visitor." I was reading the first passage mentioned in this article (Rom 8:1) and noticed it said
    "There is no condemnation...for those who walk not in the flesh but in the spirit." When I sin, am I not, "Walking in the flesh" and therefore, condemned? I believe everything you said in the article...but in all my searching I constantly run into this paradox and it makes me feel like a failure all the time. please help

    The closer we get to the triune God, the more vivid we are to our sins. God's holiness will expose the our deprived nature, the corrupted nature of our thoughts and the limited ability of our strength to save ourselves.

    This is the paradox of sanctification. Analogically, a piece of white paper may look perfectly white under a normal light but if the same piece of white paper is brought closer and closer to the light, the paper is not all white and perfect after all.

    Only our Creator has the power to renew his elected creation according to His salvation plan by His sovereign will through His holy grace.


    Good day
    I read your response and really makes me feel good but as for me i am one of those thats not sure if i am saved or not. i am stuggling with alcohol,fornication,smoking,and lies and many others. i have been praying to God for my deliverance but to no avail. the worst part is that i am even ashamed of myself. how does GOD see me in his eyes as a disgusting young lady who has no self control and lies to GOD. i know i am playing a very dangerous game but please help me i grave for GOD so much i want to be JESUS desciple but very weak over the fleshly desires.please help

    Wow(: just believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Savior. He has done it all. He said " come to me and I'll give you rest." don't u want to rest in the Lord? Be happy that will be for all eternity and know you are saved no matter what u have done or will do? Well the answer is Jesus Christ don look at the things you have done for that sin tries to tell u that you aren't good enough for Christ which is a lie!!! God came on Earth to save sinners not good people.

    Thankyou so much for this teaching. I have been in fear for many years that i would burn in hell because as a christian, I divorced and am unable to reconcile to him. It became that my salvation was dependant on my marriage, not Jesus, and so God became unfair and horrible to me. I have been living in hellish fear. I have such a peace after your teaching. Thankyou.

    I am glad to see that I am not the only one struggling with this! My friend (a fellow Christian) says that I am not truely saved because I sin (I disagree). And that I can live sin free (I agree). I believe that I can live sin free but I just haven't yet; but I believe I am still saved because of the blood of Jesus (she disagrees). If we all sin and God doesn't listen to our prayers because we are sinners, why would I even try? I know that I would try not to sin because of my love for Jesus and all that He gave for me. But I can't see God as one that says "She's not doing what I told her to do so she can't join me in Heaven. Eventhough, she believes I sent my Son for her salvation." I'm still confused...Romans teaches that God is pleased because of our faith and not our works...right? I understand that I "should" not sin because I "owe it to Christ" (in a sense) but does he turn his back on me when I fall short? Especially when I pray for forgiveness and I am truely, with all that I have, trying not to sin?

    Jesus would never turn his back on you!

    For if we died with him, we shall also live with him, if we endure, we shall also reign with him, if we deny him, he also will deny us, if we are faithless, he remains faithful, he cannot deny himself.

    Jesus would never turn his back on you!

    For if we died with him, we shall also live with him, if we endure, we shall also reign with him, if we deny him, he also will deny us, if we are faithless, he remains faithful, he cannot deny himself.

    I agree totally.

    I was wondering- the longer we live for Christ, the closer we come to Him, the more grevious our sinfullness looks, thus causing us to Feel that were are not a Christian, when in Fact - our self image of our fallen state reveals to us that "nothing good dwells in me - that is, in my Flesh"

    The closer we walk with Christ, the worse our dead man looks.

    There is absolutly nothing we can do to undo all the ministries the God Has done for us. We cannot undo Justication, or we cannot Un baptise ourselves from the Body of Christ, we cannot nullify the Adoption of Sons that God has done for us.

    This the So great Salvation that we have in Christ -in Christ Alone!

    Wow! What a great original question and reply. I think this string demonstrates the struggles that those who love Christ and want to please HIM go through in a fallen world.

    The Apostle Paul nailed this entire string when he penned in 2 Corinthians 4:4 "For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life"

    I think we must remember that the first sin Satan tempted mankind with, was the presumption that we could be like God. We cannot be and we were never made to be. We were made in HIS image and HIS likeness, not HIS being. Only Christ, as a man, was able to lay claim to that and because of that, we must trust that Christ will overcome our sinful nature, in HIS time and HIS way.

    I struggled for a long time, trying to combat sin and trust me, you will lose your mind fighting that fight.

    God saves, HE is saving and HE will
    save us. HE called us into Christ, HE will be faithful and Sanctify us in Christ and HE will bring us into glory with Christ when we pass.

    Your very sorrow towards the LORD about your sin, testifies to HIS refining work. HE will deal with it and it usually hurts when HE does, but it always will come to pass for those who are in Christ. Sometimes slower and sometimes faster, but HE is faithful and HE will do it.

    I struggle daily with sin of all types. In my heart I feel the lord Jesus. Ive struggled many years with thinking I must live sin free and perfect. As time goes on though I realize more and more Jesus was my sacrifice not me therefore I don't have to be perfect only believe that my Lord Jesus was and that his blood was sufficient to cover my sin.

    wow just the response it is wow I am christian struggling with si it made me realise that becourse I worry about bieng perfect and keeeping the law not aknowledging the fact that Jesus did all of that for me I just have to obey and trust him all shall be added wow its wow.

    1 Corinthians 15:56-58
    King James Version (KJV)

    56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

    57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

    Hebrews 4

    11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

    12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

    1 Corinthians 6

    16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

    17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

    18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

    19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

    Rest in the word, spend time there and you will be delivered from hurtful and inconvenient lifestyles

    Hey there. Hope you are all well in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have a problem as to whom to beileive anymore. I believe in God and His amazing Son but I struggle, with keeping the law. I end up hating myself, and but afterwards, I confess my sins to God through prayer and ask for forgives through His son Jesus Christ..,then I try living a holy life again, only to fail and hate myself once again. Then it gets harder to pray and ask fo forgives from God. Now back to my problem as to having trouble as to whom should I trust, other high priest and churches say we must believe in our Lord yes but must strive to keep the Law, and if we fail, pray to God and move on. They teach that we must be transformed in the renewal of our minds and not the world. Then, there's other people teaching the Word saying that, we must not worry, Christ did everything for us, so let's boast in our weakness, because we could never keep the law. If we try to keep the Law, and we fail, we don't have confidence that Christ died for our sins. All of these doctrines confuse me and make me angry and hopeless. Which one is true?? Then my bible says I should watch out not to be decieved by any false teachings.,which again worries me. What does the Word of the living God truly teach? I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ your answer will not come from you but from our Father in Heaven. God bless.


    The law still exists but our relationship to the law has changed. There is no longer any condemnation from the law for those who are in Christ Jesus. God has now given us a new heart (Ezek 36:26-27) which loves God's law.

    The Apostle John carried along by the Holy Spirit said, "No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God."

    This does not mean someone is sinless but because God's holy law is no longer burdensome to us when we sin it simply causes us to remember what Christ has done for us... When we judge ourselves God does not judge us but disciplines us for our good so we will not be condemned along with the world. WE were slaves but are now children, set free by Christ, adopted into his household ... Think of it this way... when you are bad do you lose your status as children of your mom and dad? no they still love you and are concerned about you. God disciplines those he loves ... not as a final judgement but as a goad to return to your true identity in Christ.

    Hi I am glad I read a lot of people's comments because I to struggle with this topic. I mean I know I try not to sin sometimes but I struggle with fornication,stealing,lying,getting angry,and others. But the thing is I don't do these things daily except when I go out and I look at a beautiful woman I feel bad because I shouldn't look at her like that because in the Bible doesn't it say if I thought it I already done it? With that in mind I have been going to the extremes that sometimes I wish that I was just in a coma my whole life where I wouldn't be able to sin. There have been many times especially now where I have lost my joy and hope because I feel like everything I do is wrong and that I question if I was ever saved in the first place. I mean every night I ask Jesus to help me and cleanse me, but I wonder if he is even listening to me because I don't change, I still am terrified and trembling feeling like I wish my life would stop continuing so I wouldn't sin anymore. Then I get confused with the term repent for the fact that people say it means to turn from sin meaning not to do it anymore, but my question is this if that what it means then does that mean that women who wear pants haven't repented? Does that mean women who preach haven't repented? Does that mean people who get angry even in their minds haven't repented? I just always have this notion that people say it's easy to be saved but it's actually the hardest thing in the world. I mean I understand you have to believe in Jesus but even though the Bible says that's all you have to do it also says that's not all you have to do. That in order to remain saved you still have to follow a lot of guidelines and rules and regulations.

    First of all, this is all-too-common for Christians to question their salvation. Many people doubt their salvation because of feelings or the lack of them. The Bible has much to say about salvation, but nothing to say about “feeling saved.” Salvation is a process by which the sinner is delivered from “wrath,” that is, from God’s judgment against sin (Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9). Specifically, it was Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection that achieved our salvation (Romans 5:10; Ephesians 1:7).

    Our part in the salvation process is that we are saved by faith. First, we must hear the gospel—the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection (Ephesians 1:13). Then, we must believe—fully trust the Lord Jesus (Romans 1:16) and His sacrifice alone. We have no confidence in works of the flesh to achieve salvation. This faith—which is a gift from God, not something we produce on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9)—involves repentance, a changing of mind about sin and Christ (Acts 3:19), and calling on the name of the Lord (Romans 10:9-10, 13). Salvation results in a changed life as we begin to live as the new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

    We live in a feeling-oriented society and, sadly, that has spilled over into the church. But feelings are unreliable. Emotions are untrustworthy. They ebb and flow like the tides of the sea that bring in all kinds of seaweed and debris and deposit them on the shore, then go back out, eroding the ground we stand on and washing it out to sea. Such is the state of those whose emotions rule their lives. The simplest circumstances—a headache, a cloudy day, a word thoughtlessly spoken by a friend—can erode our confidence and send us “out to sea” in a fit of despair. Doubt and discouragement, particularly about the Christian life, are the inevitable result of trying to interpret our feelings as though they were truth. They are not.

    But the Christian who is forewarned and well armed is a person not governed by feelings but by the truth he knows. He does not rely on his feelings to prove anything to him. Relying on feelings is precisely the error most people make in life. They are so introspective that they become preoccupied with themselves, constantly analyzing their own feelings. They will continually question their relationship with God. “Do I really love God?” “Does He really love me?” “Am I good enough?” What we need to do is stop thinking about ourselves and focusing on our feelings and instead redirect our focus to God and the truth we know about Him from His Word.

    When we are controlled by subjective feelings centered on ourselves rather than by objective truth centered on God, we live in a constant state of defeat. Objective truth centers on the great doctrines of the faith and their relevance to life: the sovereignty of God, the high priestly intercession of Christ, the promise of the Holy Spirit, and the hope of eternal glory. Understanding these great truths, centering our thoughts on them, and rehearsing them in our minds will enable us to reason from truth in all of life’s trials, and our faith will be strong and vital. Reasoning from what we feel about ourselves—rather than what we know about God—is the sure path to spiritual defeat. The Christian life is one of death to self and rising to “walk in the newness of life” (Romans 6:4), and that new life is characterized by thoughts about Him who saved us, not thoughts about the feelings of the dead flesh that has been crucified with Christ. When we are continually thinking about ourselves and our feelings, we are essentially obsessing about a corpse, full of rottenness and death.

    God promised to save us if we come to Him in faith. He never promised that we would feel saved.

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    If it is impossible to lose salvation then how can one trample the blood of Christ?
    Then in 1 John we are told that IF the truth we have known since the beginning remains in us then we shall continue in the Son?
    I do see though what the article says if we think that we have to add our own morality to our salvation to make it work then we are saying Jesus did not do enough.
    But again we are admonished in Hebrews not to sin willfully. But could sinning willfully mean to reject Christ?

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    This makes me so happy. I've asked the same question over and over and struggled woth the thought of not being saved but I've been saved all along. Everyone sins but if you come to Jesus Christ with a repented heart and invite him into your heart and accept him as your lord and savior you are saved. It says in the bible that a person who has been born again through Christ is a new creature in Gods eyes. All the sin that you have commited is trampled apon by God and cast into the deepest part of the sea and forgotten. Isn't that beautiful. To know that the lord has forgiven your sins through Christ and forgotten then? It is the best feeling in the world to know that the lord loves you so much that he sent his onle begotten son that whatsoever believes in him (jesus) will never ever perish but have everlasting life. An eternity of happiness with the father, son and holy spirit!! Prays God. Prays jesus for the sacrifice that he did to forgive our sins. I love you God!! I love jesus!!! Amen praise jesus and god and the holy spirit for we are saved through Christ!!!! Amen

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