Now, if we gauge our salvation based on experiences and emotions, it is likely that we will live a dramatically fretful and potentially fearful life. This is not God’s intention for us.
The disciple John who knew how much the LORD loved him wanted other believers to have assurance. John wrote the Gospel of John, 1st 2nd and 3rd John, as well as the book of Revelation.
He had a clear understanding of the Son of God who was with God the Father before They created the universe and time. He had revelations of the Father’s and Son’s wrath that are both passionate and controlled. If it were not, the earth and the inhabitants thereof would be destroyed already and without a chance of salvation. John also understood God’s desire to redeem the human race; Christ’s love for each believer; and, the need for those who will be glorified in heaven to share this type of love.
Understanding the wrath, love, forgiveness and fellowship of the Godhead, John wanted believers to have assurance. He wrote:
- “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1st John 5:13).
Let me share the proof points John noted concerning regenerated believers. Perhaps you may want to grab your bible and read the verses.
Our LORD knows that we are in the process of being made perfect so He inspired John to write these Scriptures.
When we miss the mark periodically, it must not be habitually. Here is the Scriptural evidence of a regenerated heart (all must be present in varying levels).
- You believe in your heart that Jesus is the resurrection Son of God and you have recognized your need for His forgiveness and are dependant on His grace for eternal life. (1st John 1:1 to 8).
- You remember committing your life to follow Jesus Christ for justification and you continue to confess your sins to God, turning away from it. (1st John 1:9).
- You obey God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit. (1st John 2:3 to 6).
- You love other believers. (1st John 2:7 to 11).
- You reject the world. (1st John 2:15 to 17).
- You increasingly can discern what is true by the Holy Spirit. (1st John 2:18 to 27).
- You live righteously without practicing sin. (1st John 2:28 to 1st John 3:10).
- You have confidence when standing before God now; rather than hiding, you run to Him. (1st John 3:19 to 24).
- You have an increasing love of God and you do not walk in fear. (1st John 4:17 to 19).
- You receive answers to your prayers. (1st John 14 to 17).
If you have received the love of God in your hearts by the Holy Spirit, all of these are yours along with His fruit here and now:
- “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22 to 25).
If you have this blessed assurance, praise the LORD!
If you are not sure, or see areas that need strengthening, the loving LORD wants you to have confidence in His finished work. Scripture states that if you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins; He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1st John 1:9). Remember this is ongoing sanctification.
Now, if you see that the Scriptural proof of a regenerated heart is absent and if you would like to rectify that, you may ask for Jesus to be your mediator or defence before God the Father.
Here is a sample prayer offered as a suggestion. You can confess something like this out loud to God. This commitment is not just a mental acknowledgement; it’s making a marital vow.
- I acknowledge I am a sinner and desire to be forgiven. I understand You God desired to forgive people and so You fulfilled Your promises (prophecies) of sending the perfect Saviour, Your Son named Jesus, to pay the penalty of sin (which was death). I believe in my heart Jesus died for my sins, that He was raised to life by You God and that Jesus currently lives with You, Father God. I confess to You my God out loud with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the LORD of my life. I commit to following Your Word with Your help. Help me to love you completely.
If you have said a repentance prayer like the sample above, and if you believe what you have said, you have joined an amazing family and need to get connected with other people who can help you understand more about your Heavenly Father and your new exciting destiny. You may not understand a bunch of things right now, but if you know you have heard and received the truth, you should now want to grow to understand this wonderful redemptive plan and your future. If the Holy Spirit regenerated your heart, you should feel a sense of forgivenss and hope. Jesus said it this way:
- “… he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:20 to 23).
There are church locators online; or if you want help connecting to a group in your area, you can use the form at https://desiringfruitfulness.ca/testimonies/.
Most importantly, please read the Bible for yourself. Perhaps start in the Gospel of John using a NASB, NKJV, ESV or NIV version. The Holy Spirit and your siblings in Christ can help answer question. Your faith will deepen as you learn and you will bear the fruit Jesus spoke of. Make sure your heart is good ground!
Scripture used in this blog, is from the New King James Version.
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