Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

08/16/2017

Randall Caselman

 

Confidence In Our Salvation

 

  I remember a time when we were asked; "Are you saved?"... That the answer would be "I hope so" because we were unsure. We didn't know we could know. It seemed that we had never read John's statement: "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" 1 John 5.13. John was writing to children of God, telling them they could know. Of course, the answer "I hope so" was also a proper response because now we know that Biblical hope is "a confident expectation" that that which is hoped for will become a reality. Biblical hope is confidence!

 

  Church, we can be confident that not only "will we be saved" when Jesus comes, "we are saved today, right now." Such confidence can be ours because of our faith and obedience...

 

• Jesus is found saying: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples” (John 8.31).

 

• Jesus shared His teaching with Nicodemus, telling him that we must be "born again of water and Spirit in order to enter the Kingdom of God" (John 3.3 & 5)

 

• Paul tells us: "We are children of God by faith in Jesus Christ, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ" (Galatians 3.26-27).

 

• Peter told those on Pentecost that they would receive "the forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit" at their repentance and baptism (Acts 2.38).

 

• Ananias told Paul to "arise and be baptized and wash away your sins" (Acts 22.16).

 

Paul indicates in Romans chapter six that we are raised from this baptism "freed from sin" and to "live a new life."

 

• Second Corinthians comments on this new life: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things are become new."

 

  Who could deny that our faith and baptismal obedience makes us a child of God, and that our sins are forgiven; we are a new person, raised to live a new life, a different life.

 

  No, no, not raised to live a perfect life. We will still sin again and again, but God forgives these sins as we acknowledge them. Know this, that our salvation does not depend upon how few sins we commit, but upon whether or not we accept God's forgiveness. It's called grace!

 

  You see, there is only one thing that can forgive sin, that's the blood of Christ shed upon the cross. "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1.7). "To Him who loved us and has freed us from our sins by His blood" (Revelation 1.5).

 

  So, here's the good news. Confidence! The same blood that forgave our sins by faith and baptism continues to forgive our sins day-by-day, moment-by-moment, as we walk in the light of truth. "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1John 1.9 & 7).

 

  Saved. Heaven bound. Confidence! I love it! Don't you?

 

—RANDALL CASELMAN