One of the special marks of Christian faith and one of its greatest joys is that God wants us to know for certain that we belong to him and him to us. We can be sure because of three things.
- The Bible
- The cross
- The Holy Spirit
We will be looking at each of these over the next few pages.
How do I know that I have eternal life? How do I know that Jesus Christ will be with me all the times? Because, God says so, in the Bible.
The Bible is full of clear promises of God to all who trust in Jesus. It shows us how to become a Christian; it shows us the way forward. We cannot trust our feelings. If you are tired or ill, or if you have troubles and worries at home or at work, you may not feel you are a Christian. Feelings go up and down, so do not rely on them. Instead learn to rely on God’s promises which never change.
How do I know God loves me?
Jesus said, ‘God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life’ (John 3:16). That is how much God loves you; there is all the proof you need. God sent Jesus to die on the cross for you and give you eternal life.
How do I know Jesus in my life?
‘If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in ….’ (Revelation 3:20).
If you have asked Jesus into your life, then He gives you some firm promises. He says clearly and definitely, ‘I will come in.’ Not, ‘I may come in if you are good enough.’ Do not rely on what you feel. If you have asked him in you can be absolutely sure He has come in because He says so. God always keeps His word.
How can I be sure He will always be with me?
Jesus said, ‘I am with you always to the end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20). You may not always feel that He is there, and certainly cannot see Him. But He is with you always in every situation, because He says He will be. We can trust the promises He made.
One of the loveliest promises Jesus ever made was this: ‘Everyone whom my Father gives me will come to me. I will never turn away anyone who comes to me.’
You have been given by the Father to Jesus. You now belong to Him not just for time alone but for eternity. There is no greater security than this.
In one of His parables, Jesus describes God as a Father who lovingly welcomes His wayward son home.
Those who turn to God can be sure of His acceptance.