ASK THE PASTOR: Does the Bible teach Assurance of Salvation?
But how do we know when we are saved? Romans 10:9 says "If you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your hear that God raised him from the dead you will be saved". Notice the language used here...it is a guarantee. If we believe, then we are saved. Ephesians 2:8 also tells us "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith". Thus, salvation is ultimately a gift from God. He offers it, He gives it, He promises it, and He guarantees it. If we didn't earn it in the first place, how can we lose it? Do we really believe that God is sovereign and loving enough to have saved us, but not sovereign and loving enough to "keep us saved". Ultimately, when we doubt our salvation, we doubt the power of God. In John 10:27-29, Jesus promises that we can never be snatched away from him. He is both strong enough and loving enough to keep us.