Can We Say We Are Already Saved?

Our Thursday night group ended on a discussion of can we say we are already saved? While our thoughts ran in different directions our conclusions were somewhat the same. My response was “yes.” I do believe that I am already saved and that should I die today that I am saved.

Let me state up front, I have much to learn. I merely want to share some scriptures with you why I believe that I can say “I am saved”.

Grab your bibles and join me in looking at these verses.

Following are some of the scriptures that lead me to my conclusion.

Chapters one through five of First John are beautiful reminders of our assurance of salvation. In these chapters we will read about examples of knowing we are saved. I strongly encourage you to read all five chapters of First John to get a clearer picture.

The points below are from the outline in my bible-
Fellowship with the Father and the Son (1:5-2:11)
Moral likeness (1:5-7)
Confession of Sin (1:8-2:2)
Obedience (2:3-6)
Love for other Christians (2:7-11)
Contrast: apostates verses believers (2:18-21)
Person of Christ: the crux of the test (2:22-23)
Persistent belief: continuing fellowship (2:24-28)

In Chapters four and five we read of love, the source of love, the fruit of love and our relationship of love for God and love for our fellow Christians and obedience, the evidence of love for God’s children.

The first verse below was written to those who had already heard the gospel message, believed it, repented of their sins and were baptized.

1 John 5:11-13 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (cf 1 John2:26).

Titus 3:4-8 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Rom 10:9-13 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile — the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (See note from ESV Commentary below)
If you confess with your mouth does not mean that a spoken affirmation of one’s faith is a “work” that merits justification, but such confession does give outward evidence of inward faith, and often confirms that faith to the speaker himself. that God raised him from the dead. Paul does not mean that people need to believe only this individual event with no understanding of Christ’s death, but rather they need to believe in the resurrection along with the whole complex of truth connected with it, particularly Jesus’ sin-bearing death in mankind’s place, followed by his resurrection that showed God the Father’s approval of Christ’s work (see note on Rom 4:25). with the heart one believes. Saving faith is not mere intellectual agreement but deep inward trust in Christ at the core of one’s being.

John 6:40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Lest they should take a wrong meaning out of his words, as many have done since, he tells them that far from any person being excluded from his mercy, it was the will of God that everyone who saw him might believe and be saved. The power, without which they could not believe, he freely gave them; but the use of that power was their own. God gives the grace of repentance and faith to every man; but he neither repents nor believes for any man. Each must repent for his own sins, and believe in the Lord Jesus, through the grace given, or perish. (from Adam Clarke’s Commentary)

2 Cor 1:21-22 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

I know this is a lengthy post and I apologize. There are so many more scriptures in the New Testament that teach us about our salvation. I have been so encouraged by re-reading all of these and hope that it has encouraged you as well. I will end with this final scripture from Second Peter and an explanation on salvation from Nelsons Dictionary.

2 Peter 1:10-11 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

SALVATION The salvation that comes through Christ may be described in three tenses: past, present, and future. When a person believes in Christ, he is saved (Acts 16:31). But we are also in the process of being saved from the power of sin (Rom 8:13; Phil 2:12). Finally, we shall be saved from the very presence of sin (Rom 13:11; Titus 2:12-13). God releases into our lives today the power of Christ’s resurrection (Rom 6:4) and allows us a foretaste of our future life as His children (2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:14). Our experience of salvation will be complete when Christ returns (Heb 9:28) and the kingdom of God is fully revealed (Matt 13:41-43).(from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary)

 

1 comment for “Can We Say We Are Already Saved?

  1. August 30, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Being saved has a “now / then” aspect to it as I understand it. Paul talked about being saved now and being saved eternally. This was a real sore spot with most of the southern preachers I grew up hearing and knowing. My father-in-law anchored on the Pauline phrase “hope of salvation” never really understanding that “hope” was not wishful thinking, rather it was confident expectation. I talked to so many people in those days who feared dying because they had no hope or confident expectation in their salvation. All so sad. Yes, we can know for sure that we are saved.

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