There are plenty of times that many of us have wondered, “Am I actually saved?”. This is a question that has popped up in my head many times, even after I believed that salvation is by grace through faith, and I can’t lose it.
There are many reasons why someone would doubt their salvation. For instance, they might be someone who hasn’t completely understood the gospel, someone who believes in a false gospel of “repent of your sin” to be saved, or someone who simply does not believe that the Bible is the word of God. In all these scenarios, the person is not saved. But it is possible for someone who understands the gospel completely, believes in it, and is saved, and yet still doubt their salvation.
All through out the Bible many people have doubted whether what they believe is right. A new testament example which can be related is John the Baptist.
The Bible says in John 1:29-34
29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
We can see here that not only did he believe that Jesus is the Son of God, but also witnessed that with his own eyes.
But later on when he is sent to prison, and hears the works of Christ, he doubts whether Jesus is the Christ after all.
The Bible says in Matthew 11:2-6
2Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
4Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
5The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6 And blessed is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in me.
John was offended by the works of Jesus. He wasn’t really expecting the Christ to be like how Jesus was, and it made him doubt. But does that mean that he didn’t believe in him? No.
Sometimes there are things which we do believe, but doubt because of our prejudice. When we read the Bible, many a times we come across things which offends us, and we start to question our current beliefs. When we then study the context of the verse and refer to more clear passages related to that subject, we get a better understanding of what it means and either end up changing our erroneous views, or stick to our previous views with additional understanding.
That’s what this all boil downs to. It doesn’t always mean you’re not saved if you doubt your salvation. And you don’t need to doubt your salvation because Jesus repeats it over and over again, that it’s by believing in him and not by anything else.
Jesus says in John 6:47
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
and in John 10:28
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
and in John 5:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
and in 1 John 5:11-13
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Read my blog post “What must I do to be saved?” to learn more in depth about salvation.