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  • Hi I'm Joe.

  • I'm Tom.

  • Today we'll be fellowshipping from Chapter 2 in Volume 1 of the "Basic Elements of the Christian Life".

  • Our topic for today is how we can be sure that we're really saved.

  • Tom, in this chapter it talks about when someone is newly saved,

  • they may have a question about whether or not that experience was real

  • and whether or not they're really saved.

  • So what can you tell us based on this chapter about how someone like this can know if they're really saved?

  • The believer can know they're saved based on what the Bible says in 1 John 5:13.

  • John 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."

  • So, we can know that we're saved. God wants us to know that we are saved.

  • And we'll cover three proofs to show how we can know that we're really saved.

  • So you mentioned three proofs and even this chapter talks about three proofs.

  • The first one is related to God's saying so in His word.

  • Can you talk a little bit about this point?

  • The first verse I'd just like to mention is Romans 10:9.

  • It says, "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart

  • that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

  • This is the sure word of the Bible. So we can assure a new believer that they're saved because

  • just by pointing at the fact that you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord,

  • you prayed and expressed your faith to believe in Him,

  • so based upon God's word you're saved regardless of how you feel this moment.

  • Okay, so that's the first point: it's related to God saying so in His word.

  • The next point is related to Romans 8:16, which talks about the Spirit witnessing with our spirit.

  • What can you tell us about this verse and this proof?

  • Romans 8:16 is a wonderful verse to balance the first verse.

  • Of course the first verse is one that's referring to the Bible as the Word of God

  • and as the stand for our salvation, that's what the Bible says.

  • But we have this other second witness and that's the proof of the Holy Spirit witnessing within our spirit.

  • So this inward witness is ours from the moment we believe in Christ.

  • The Holy Spirit comes within our spirit,

  • and when we confess "Jesus is Lord" or "Lord Jesus I love you,

  • I'm a child of God," the Spirit within is confirming that, witnessing within us.

  • The next point, the third point, is from 1 John 3:14 and it talks about our love for the brothers.

  • Can you read with this verse and share about how our love

  • for our fellow believers in the Lord is a proof that we're really saved?

  • 1 John 3:14 says Joe, "We know that we've passed out of death into life because we love the brothers."

  • So every believer of Christ, from the moment they received the Lord, has this divine life.

  • And God's life is a life of love.

  • So this life within us gives us this unexplainable love for those who are our brothers in Christ,

  • regardless of how different they are in age nationality, social class.

  • Because they're our brothers, we just have a spontaneous love for them.

  • And this is definitely a proof, a way that we can know that we're really saved.

  • Tom, these points are very helpful for anyone who is wondering whether or not they're really saved.

  • And these three points, these three proofs, show us how we can be assured of our salvation:

  • First, we know that if we have confessed with our mouth that Jesus is Lord

  • and believed in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead we know that we're are saved.

  • We also have the Spirit witnessing within our spirit that we are children of God.

  • And lastly, our love for our fellow brothers in the Lord is a third proof that we're really saved.

  • Tom, thank you for sharing with us today.

  • And thank you all for joining us for our fellowship.

Hi I'm Joe.

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The Assurance of Salvation

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